Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm trying to play video files in a LAN network folder from within dolphin. These are Samba folders which I can access, delete files and write and copy from. The same video files play perfectly with any video player when I copy them to my local folder beforehand.

Any help?

share|improve this question

4 Answers 4

Dolphin's interface is feeding VLC a file as far as I know. Have you tried bumping up the cache for the file input plugin?

Tools -> Preferences -> Choose "All" in "Show Settings" -> Input / Codecs -> Access Modules -> File -> Caching value (ms) -> 3000 or 6000 or 12000

Also bump up the network cache value.

If it is getting passed an SMB uri, which I doubt it is, try this:

Tools -> Preferences -> Choose "All" in "Show Settings" -> Input / Codecs -> Access Modules -> SMB -> Caching value in ms -> 3000 or 6000 or 12000

share|improve this answer
sry, but has nothing to do with caching, the error message is it can't open "smb://server/videos/tutorials/topic", though I've set the user/password in the SMB access module ... –  piedro Sep 13 '11 at 16:23
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Ok everybody, now I found out whats up: Like "ClashTheBunny" pointed out Dolphin feeds the link to vlc - so to access the file you have to open VLC preferences > show all > input/codecs > access modules > smb and enter your smb browsing credentials (smb user/password). I left the domain blank because I use the standard workgroup browsing... works like a charme!

share|improve this answer
sry for answering myself, but it seems this is really the way to go! thx anyways for all efforts! –  piedro Sep 14 '11 at 1:17

I don't use KDE but would like to do make a suggestion:

if you can copy the url from within dolphin and open it with a media player, would that work for you? is so i will give example for VLC

  • open vlc

  • advanced open file (ctrl+shift+o)

  • open the tab "network"

  • enter the URL which should look something like smb://yourmachine/videos/todaysvideo/intereresting_movie.avi


  1. This solution does not work from within dolphin as you requested
  2. it probably does not work if you have to login to have access to the file (but maybe you can (temporarily) lower these restrictions)
share|improve this answer
Thx for your suggestion. But I have a few hundred small video tutorials (chapters) to be accessed by 4 (soon maybe 6) kubuntu boxes. I can set up the default player on the machines but your solution wouldn't work conveniently. A static /etc/fstab solution won't work work either cause more videos are created and shared via more shared folders ... –  piedro Feb 5 '11 at 19:34

Mediatomb could be used to host the files over UPnP. The files could then be accessed with something like XBMC (you can add UPnP shares as a video folder). It's a bit of an overkill but I use such setup at home to view movies from different machines, and all files are stored on a server.

You could also just set up a Dropbox share between the boxes, as I recall, it attempt to serve files via LAN before resorting to WAN.

Edit: I see you edited your question and now mentioned Samba. XBMC also works with samba shares if I recall correctly. In any case, you could mount those Samba shares on the other boxes with (I think) FUSE.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.