When I try to open video files from my home server I get the error:
VLC is unable to open the MRL
I have never had this issue before. Opening internet RMTP streams works fine and firewall is disabled.
Thanks for any help
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A year later... I just discovered that VLC does not use whatever connection the desktop supplies, whether it's Gnome or KDE. It creates its own using credentials defined in the settings:
Tools > Preferences
Show settings: All
Input / Codecs > Access Modules > SMB
Thanks to Joris for the information.
If it's missing install a plugin:
apt-get install vlc-plugin-samba
according to this: Question on Network Drives | Ubuntu MATE Community you need to install the 'vlc-plugin-samba'. Because it is not installed by default. What a mess! That did the trick here, but I also upgraded to vlc 3.0, because I thought this would help, but it didn't. Please let me know if it will work if you just install the plugin.
With kind regards Mangnoppa
if it is a password protected share, you'll have to mount it with cifs:
sudo apt install cifs-utils mkdir /mnt/share_name
then add this line to your /etc/fstab :
//server_ip/share_name /mnt/share_name cifs username=user,password=pass,iocharset=utf8,sec=ntlm 0 0
play it from
Once you mounted the samba Share with nemo, you can call vlc like this:
In this approach the authentification is transparently managed within gnome, which allows to save the password in your keychain.
In Ubuntu 15.04, 15.10 there is a confirmed bug in the gvfs package. This causes any mounts made no to show up in /run/user//gvfs.
VLC uses these mounts to access and play files. If the mounts are not available, vlc uses the samba-plugin to create a connection.
A workaround is to kill the gvfsd, so a new deamon will be created when the files are accessed.
killall --user $(id -un) gvfsd
I was having trouble getting VLC in Ubuntu to play a windows share, nothing would be displayed if I navigated to the folder. What worked for me was as above activating the smb pluginl and then using add multiple files, I was able to drag and drop my entire music share into VLC, and it played perfectly.