Build Samba from Source
- outdated packages are shipped with your distribution
- no packages are available for your distribution or OS
- you want to apply a patch from a developer to fix a problem before a new version is released
Compiling Samba requires only a few steps:
- Install all dependencies. See Package Dependencies Required to Build Samba.
- Download the sources from samba.org
- Extract the source package
sudo make install
You can run most of the required steps in this documentation without root privileges. If root permissions are required, the command is prefixed with
sudo. Please see the
sudo (8) manual page and your distribution documentation how to set up
The following documentation is valid for every type of Samba installation, like an Active Directory (AD) domain controller (DC), a domain member (AD and NT4 domain), an NT4 PDC, and standalone server.
Samba Operating System Requirements
To build Samba, install all required libraries and tools first. See Operating System Requirements.
Stable Version (Recommended)
Always download the latest version of Samba from https://www.samba.org/.
Samba maintains three series of minor versions. For a maximum of security and stability, the Samba team recommends that you only install the latest available version of a series. Older versions do not contain the latest bug and security fixes. For further information, see Samba Release Planning.
|In case if you are asking for help on the Samba Mailing List and not running the latest version, the list members usually advice you to update your installation first to verify that the bug has not been fixed in the meantime.|
To download, use a tool like
wget. For example:
$ wget https://download.samba.org/pub/samba/stable/samba-x.y.z.tar.gz
Do not use a development version in production!
To download a development version, use
git to clone the repository. For details, see Using Git for Samba Development.
Before a new major version is released, the Samba team publishes release candidates for testing purposes. You can download release candidates from https://download.samba.org/pub/samba/rc/
Extracting the Source Package
To extract the downloaded source package, run:
$ tar -zxf samba-x.y.z.tar.gz
Change into the directory with the extracted sources:
$ cd samba-x.y.z/
configure script is located in the root of the sources directory. The main purpose of the script is to create a
Makefile which is used by the command
configure script enables you to set various options, like installation paths. If you do not want to customize any paths, and enable or disable parts of Samba, run the following command without any option:
If the command fails, read the error message and fix the problem. One common problem are missing dependencies. For details, see Operating System Requirements.
The following example shows the output, if the
configure script cannot find the GnuTLS headers:
Checking for gnutls >= 1.4.0 and broken versions : not found /usr/src/samba-x.y.z/source4/lib/tls/wscript:37: error: Building the AD DC requires GnuTLS (eg libgnutls-dev, gnutls-devel) for ldaps:// support and for the BackupKey protocol
configure script exits without an error, you see the following output:
'configure' finished successfully (1m2.432s)
Continue with the
make step, if no error has occurred.
If full python development headers are not installed you may see
Checking for header Python.h : Distutils not installed? Broken python installation? Get python-config now! The configuration failed
Here you have three choices:
- build setting
--disable-python(which will also force you to set
- (for Samba 4.10) build with python2 with
PYTHON=python2 ./configure PYTHON=python2 make -j
- install the Python 3.x development package for your system (eg python3-devel, python36-devel or python3-dev)
Customizing the Configure Options
While running the
configure script without any options is sufficient to build Samba, you can customize installation paths and enable or disable features. To display the list of options, run:
$ ./configure --help
The output shows two major kind of options:
configure script provides several
--without-* options. They allow you to enable and disable features. Each option you can turn to its opposite if you use
--enable instead of
--with instead of
--without, and the other way around.
- Example 1: Disable CUPS support (enabled by default):
--enable-cups Build with cups support (default=yes)
- If you do not require CUPS support, disable the feature passing the
--disable-cupsoption to the
$ ./configure ... --disable-cups
- Example 2: Compile Samba without AD DC capabilities:
--without-ad-dc disable AD DC functionality (enables Samba 4 client and Samba 3 code base).
- If you build Samba for a host that should not act as an AD DC, you can disable this feature passing the
--without-ad-dcoption to the
$ ./configure ... --without-ad-dc
- Example 3: Build Samba with debug information:
$ ./configure ... --enable-debug
Warning: Do not enable or disable features if you have not fully understood the cause of the option! Changing options can prevent your Samba installation from working as expected!
If you use the default settings, the binaries, configuration files, libraries, and other files are installed in the
/usr/local/samba/ directory. This enables you to keep the complete Samba installation in one location. However, you can specify individual paths. For example:
- To install the daemon binaries like
/sbin/directory instead of /usr/local/samba/sbin/, run:
$ ./configure ... --sbindir=/sbin/
- To set the default path to the smb.conf file to
/etc/samba/instead of /usr/local/samba/etc/, run:
$ ./configure ... --sysconfdir=/etc/samba/
- To store the Samba man pages in the
$ ./configure ... --mandir=/usr/share/man/
To start the compilation, run
make command is able to run multiple jobs in parallel. For example, to run 2
make sub-tasks at the same time, run:
$ make -j 2
If the compilation exits without an error, you see the following output:
Waf: Leaving directory `/usr/src/samba-x.y.z/bin' 'build' finished successfully (9m3.667s)
make test (Optional)
This optional step runs the Samba self test suite.
$ make test
|You can only run the self test suite, if you built Samba using the |
To install the compiled software, you require
root permissions to write to the destination directories and set the correct permissions.
To install Samba, run:
$ sudo make install
If the installation exits without an error, you see the following output:
Waf: Leaving directory `/usr/src/samba-x.y.z/bin' 'install' finished successfully (18.243s)
Adding Samba Commands to the $PATH Variable
If you built Samba, add the directories containing the commands to the beginning of your
$PATH variable. For example:
To permanently update your
$PATH, see your distribution's documentation.
Upgrading a Self-compiled Samba Installation
To update a self-compiled Samba installation, run the same steps like for a new installation while using the same
Applying a Patch
Some situations require that you apply a patch to Samba. For example, a bug has been fixed and you you cannot wait until the new Samba version is released. To apply the patch to the Samba sources, run:
- Change into the Samba sources directory.
$ cd samba-x.y.z/
- Download the patch. For example:
$ wget -O /tmp/patch.txt https://bugzilla.samba.org/attachment.cgi?id=...
- Apply the patch to the sources:
$ patch -p 1 < /tmp/patch.txt
- Recompile and install Samba. See Updating Samba.
Viewing Built Options of an Existing Installation
To display the options used to built Samba, run
$ smbd -b