Play video from SAMBA share on Android–Any shared volume from Linux or Windows

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

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?

How to solve :

I know you bored from this bug, So we are here to help you! Take a deep breath and look at the explanation of your problem. We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first method because it is tested & true method that will 100% work for you.

Method 1

An alternative app you can use on android is File Manager HD by Rhythm Software ( 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 ( and MX Player (

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

Method 2

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

Method 3

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

Method 4

I can recommend the
File Manager from Flashlight + Clock.

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

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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