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Net share command: List / create / delete network shares from command line

We can use net share command to create, configure and delete network shares from command line . Below you can find syntax and examples for net share command.

Create a network share from command line

The syntax for creating a share is as follows.

net share sharename=folderpath /grant:username,permissions

sharename: You can assign name to the share you are going to create
username : Login id of the user whom you want to share the folder with
permission: Read, Change or Full

For example to share the folder E:\Docs with everyone in the domain and to give full permissions

net share Docs=E:\Documents /grant:everyone,FULL

If you are allowing multiple users to access the share, you can limit the number of users accessing the share simultaneously. This will prevent performance impact on your system. The below command will set the limit to 10 users.

net share Docs=E:\Documents /grant:everyone,FULL  /users:10

Command to share with a specific user and to grant only read rights:

net share Docs=E:\Documents /grant:username,READ

Delete network share(i.e to disable sharing of the folder) from command line

net share sharename /delete

For example, to delete the share created above, the command would be as below.

net share docs /delete

Alternatively, we can use the folder physical location also to disable sharing

 net share E:\Docs /delete

List the shared created on the local computer

net share

Delete the share on a remote computer

net share sharename \\remotepc /delete
11 comments… add one
  • SeanH

    the grant option does not work in windows xp.

  • John Thayer Jensen

    Is there any way on the command line to CREATE a share on a remote computer?


    • tendy

      you could use winrs

  • Chris

    Need to know how to delete a user name from the share permissions list (not delete the share)

  • sk

    How to list out the shared drive users. What command is there to view the users of the shared drive in command line.?

  • Francisco Castro

    You need to use for /grant:username,READ ==>> /grant:”username,READ”, this last works fine

  • Carl Walsh

    It might be worth saying that the default permission is to grant read access to Everyone

  • coremedai

    I want users to be able to access the shared folder on my pc which is being used as the hotspot station. However I don’t want them to access the internet, only the shared folder.
    What is the command for this?

  • silberfischchen

    is there a cmdlet for net share?

  • mahmood

    very good
    thank you

  • Norm


    net share sharename=folderpath /grant:username,permissions

    I can’t make any sense out of ‘username’: What is that? It is the login name of some user on some computer, but WHAT computer? It is the login name on the computer with the ‘share’, that is, the pair of the share name and the corresponding resource name? Or is it the login name of the user on the remote computer using, say, NET USE to access the share?

    In your syntax diagrams please put literals in all capitals and only variables in lower case.

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