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Auto-mounting an Apple Airport Extreme Disk Volume on a Raspberry Pi

Posted: September 8th, 2015 | Tags: | Posted in: Raspberry Pi, Tutorials
Note: This tutorial was originally published in 2015. The tips and techniques explained may be outdated.

Note: This tutorial assumes you’re running your Pi with Raspbian.

This had me scratching my head for a while, but now that I’ve figured it out I think it’s only fair that I help anyone else trying to work this out!

Open up your terminal window and log into your Raspberry Pi.

Create a mount point for your Airport Disk by typing:

mkdir /home/pi/Airport

Type the command to open the fstab:

sudo nano /etc/fstab
My Airport Settings
My Airport Settings

Create a new line and add the following, replacing “AIRPORTIPHERE” with the IP address of your Airport Extreme, “DRIVENAMEHERE” with the name of your Airport Disk and “YOURPASSWORDHERE” with your Airport Extreme password.

//AIRPORTIPHERE/DRIVENAMEHERE /home/pi/Airport cifs user=pi,password=YOURPASSWORDHERE,file_mode=0777,dir_mode=0777,sec=ntlm

(Note that the username is the Raspberry Pi username: user=pi)

(Note: Just a word of warning, I had a lot of problems when trying to mount a drive with spaces in the name, even when using the proper escaping.)

So my line looks like this:

// /home/pi/Airport cifs user=pi,password=************,file_mode=0777,dir_mode=0777,sec=ntlm

Press ctrl o to Write Out your changes.

Restart the Pi.

Navigate to the Airport folder and list its contents:

cd /home/pi/Airport

All your Airport files should be there!

Have fun!