Very often, questions arise concerning future plans for Samba. For example: "What functionality will be included in the next stable release?" "What are the differences between the various branches?" And also, "How can I learn more, get involved, help, etc?" The information on this page is an introduction to help answer those kinds of questions, but much more can be found in the Developer pages in the Samba wiki.

Important: In order to avoid any potential licensing issues we require that anyone who has signed the Microsoft CIFS Royalty Free Agreement not submit patches to Samba, nor base patches on the referenced specification. We require, too, that patches submitted to Samba not infringe on any known patents. Finally, as with all GPL work, the submitter should ensure that submitted patches do not conflict with any third-party copyright.

Samba development is in GIT

Example checkout command for the main git repo:

git clone git:// samba
git clone samba

For more details see Using Git for Samba Development.

Also see the wiki article on Contribute.

Current release status

For more details on the release series, branch names, current schedules and release modi, please see Samba Wiki Release Planning.


Because Samba development is driven by volunteers and demand, the best way to help stabilize the next release and/or feature is to help out. If you are interested in volunteering to help Samba development, go to the TODO page and look at our Roadmap for a list of projects.

Please coordinate all development efforts on the samba-technical mailing list. For more information about the list, or to join the list, go to the samba technical mailing list page. The main samba development channel on IRC is #samba-technical, server Please don't ask user questions in this channel (users see #samba). Channel logs are available here.

Copyright Policy

Also, please see our policy concerning contributor copyright.

Learn More

For anyone interested in getting up to speed with SMB/CIFS, NetBIOS, MS-RPC, etc... Here are some links to help out:

  • Get a copy of Wireshark or possibly Microsoft's Network Monitor shipped with Windows NT/2k server.
  • The MSDN site ( is pretty good as well, if you know what you are looking for.
  • Coding tools

    As for what editor to use, it's your preference. The tool must not munge formatting to be useful.

    RedHat's Source Navigator generates **huge** cross reference databases but also let's you get around in the code fairly well. You need to run X to use this? See for a download link. One could also use 'ctags' to navigate thru the source code.

    Of course, vi and grep will get you there too. :-)


Nowadays, the Samba Team needs a dollar instead of pizza ;-)

Beyond Samba

Commercial Support

Global · By Country


sambaXP by SerNet



Current stable release

Samba 4.20.2 (gzipped)
Release Notes · Signature

Release History

Versions & Notes


Patches · Security Updates · GPG Key


Release Planning · Roadmap