You can use shared folders to share files among virtual machines and between virtual machines and the host system. The directories that you add as shared folders can be on the host system, or they can be network directories that are accessible from the host computer.

Important

You cannot open a file in a shared folder from more than one application at a time. For example, do not open the same file in an application on the host operating system and in another application in the guest operating system. If one of the applications writes to the file, data might be corrupted.

To use shared folders, a virtual machine must have a supported guest operating system.

You can enable folder sharing for a specific virtual machine. To set up a folder for sharing between virtual machines, you must configure each virtual machine to use the same directory on the host system or network share.

If a shared folder is not created by the user who powers on the virtual machine, it is disabled by default. This is a security precaution.

In a Windows guest operating system, you can view shared folders by using desktop icons.

After you have enabled a shared folder, you can mount one or more directories or subdirectories in the shared folder to any location in the file system in addition to the default location of /mnt/hgfs.

After you create a shared folder, you can change the folder name, the host path, and other attributes.

You can change the folders that a specific virtual machine is allowed to share.

You can disable folder sharing for a specific virtual machine.