I use Ubuntu12.10 with Gnomeshell.

Installed latest version of samba share, configured to share my Video folder, access restricted via login (uid and password needed).

SMB share accessed via Solid explorer when I tried to open the video file (size 600MB, type MKV) the player used BS Player MX Player were not able to play the file.. it says buffering and stops...

Any one has a solution to play video from Shared drive on Android?

  • From any share can be used, I am referring Samba sharing as an example
    – Ajo Mathew
    Nov 26, 2012 at 14:12
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    I use File Manager HD by Rhythm Software. It works flawlessly with VLC for Android and MX Player. I'd recommend that file manager instead as it actually streams the file to the device rather than actually downloading it to the device.
    – Brutick
    Nov 26, 2012 at 14:53
  • I will give it a try will let you know.. Thanks for the replay..
    – Ajo Mathew
    Nov 26, 2012 at 14:55
  • It helped... its working.. better than any other file browser
    – Ajo Mathew
    Nov 26, 2012 at 17:13
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    Awesome, I'll post the solution as a proper answer! :)
    – Brutick
    Nov 26, 2012 at 18:43

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An alternative app you can use on android is File Manager HD by Rhythm Software (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rhmsoft.fm.hd&hl=en). I find that it does a better job of actual streaming rather than other alternatives downloading the file to your device.

On Android 4.2, it is working streaming over SMB to VLC for Android (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc.betav7neon) and MX Player (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mxtech.videoplayer.ad).

You should be able to see all shared files over SMB so long as you set the connection up properly in File Manager HD.

  • I was able to play the file.. which was not possible with others.. the play quality depend on the connection speed/the users connected to the router( smaller the better )
    – Ajo Mathew
    Nov 27, 2012 at 3:49
  • I just found a VLC beta thing, which couldn't fast forward or skip back, etc. MX Player worked. Apr 20, 2014 at 15:53
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    @AjoMathew Do you mean stutter? -- The video file on the server does not change, no matter the connection! If it's not enough bandwidth, it will stutter or buffer all too often. Apr 20, 2014 at 15:56

ES File explorer also solves this and prompts for which app to use if the file type is unknown. Hence ES File explorer is a better solution.

If you are interested, I am using ES File Explorer to connect to an old MS Media Center 2005 (MCE). The files are encoded using an MS variant of MPG with an extension of .dvr-ms MX Player does a great job of playing these files with no errors


Kodi (previously called XBMC) has an Android port with SMB support.


I can recommend the File Manager from Flashlight + Clock.

It is free, add free and starts playing immediately without download the file before.

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