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Sharity connects you to Windows File Servers...

Sharity is a client for the CIFS (Common Internet File System) protocol, formerly known as SMB (Server Message Block). This is the file-sharing protocol used by Windows NT, 95, 98, 2000, ME, Windows for Workgroups, OS/2, Samba and many others. Sharity mounts these servers in your file system.

Mounting means that you can open files directly from the server with any application you like, as if they were on a local disk. Other clients (such as smbclient from the Samba suite) provide only an ftp-like interface where you can copy files to and from the share but cannot open them more...

What's New

Version 3.9:

Bug Fixes

  • A bug which caused directories to be treated as plain files on Solaris 10has been fixed.
  • Several rare issues which could cause a crash have been fixed.
  • Improved compatibility with non-Windows servers.


Mac OS X 10.3 or later

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Simon Dunford Member IconComment-1
Simon Dunford

Hi, I need some help with this I download it and not it says that the CIFS is mounted and i don't want this program anymore so i wanted to unmount it and i go to and then it says enter the password so i do and it IS the right password but it says it isn't the right password i REALLY need some help so email me at :

simonDdunford@gmail.com please

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Version 3.7b2
Mark Everitt Member IconComment+276
Mark Everitt

I think that this suite may be primarily for UNIX and Linux boxes on which configuring SAMBA can be a bit of a pain (although I've got it working fine on Ubuntu and Debian).

As far as OS X goes it's not needed. We all seem to be aware that we can mount windows file servers and alter files in situ etc.

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Version 3.6
Macinspore Member IconComment+9

Developer Blurb states:

"Mounting means that you can open files directly from the server with any application you like, as if they were on a local disk."

I do this regularly with Tiger 10.4.7 and an up to date Windows 2000 Workstation, now serving as my file server.

??Why Sharity??

Also note that I can copy Mac Apps to the Win2000 file server (setup with windows "simple file-sharing only")and run these directly from the win2000 file server.

??Why Sharity??

If have fundamentally misunderstood the value of this product to the average cross platform file sharer, please correct me. I look forward to hearing from the developer or someone intimately familiar with this product. TIA

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Version 3.2
Anonymous Member IconReview

Read the site: "Although we will not support Mac OS X officially, we will provide binaries for this platform. Apple bundles a CIFS client with the operating system and we will not try to compete with this free alternative. However, since we prefer Sharity over Apple's implementation on our own computers, we have Mac OS X packages available." Also, the 1-user/1-server license is free of charge, a student license is free, and a 2-user home license is $59. This is cross-platform software as well - not specific to OS X.

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Version 2.10

I second the previous commenter's post. How is this different from the CIFS/SMB client built into OS X?

I guess "Anonymous" commenting that they prefer it on their machine ("we prefer Sharity over Apple's implementation on our own computers") rather than Apple's own implemation is valid but WHY? What makes this better or different than Apple's implementation.

Thank you


RC: those words were taken directly from the developer, I believe you can see them for yourself either on their website, or in the Read Me that comes with Sharity. Objective Development prefers this, and maybe others will too. Personally, I'm quite fine with the built-in CIFS client.

Anonymous Member IconReview

How is this any better from the built-in ability to do this straight from Mac OS X? (for free)

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Version 2.10
Andu Member IconComment+11

works really great from PB g4 to Win2000.

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Version 2.8
Anonymous Member IconReview

awesome!!!!!works just like it says!!!!!hats off to the developers!!!!

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Version 2.8
Joe_morris Member Icon+0

Free, and easy to use. A brillant piece of software. Shame it does not do printer sharing through.

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Version 2.8
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Date 08 Nov 2010
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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