I have a rooted android device running on gingerbread. I was wondering if there is a way to mount my windows CIFS(Common Internet File System) Shares on my android device over WiFi.

Is it required to have a kernel that supports CIFS protocol for mounting ?


You have to be rooted and you have to have the kernel module for cifs support. if you have froyo, you also will need slow-work.ko kernel module as well.

Once you have those, you can use (shameless plug) Mount Manager, it can handle loading the modules for you automatically and lots of features available for auto mounting when connecting to wifi, and other stuff. It is a lot like Cifs Manager, but has a more robust system for loading the modules, and supports multiple modules and has support for being a plugin for locale/tasker (paid version).

  • I have android 2.3 and cifs.ko module is working on my device. Thanks. BTW, what is slow-work.ko?
    – VVK
    Feb 4 '12 at 22:43
  • slow-work is for froyo kernels. it contains some things that are missing in the kernel to allow cifs support. I am not 100% sure what, but I know if you have a froyo (2.2) device then you need that module along with cifs.ko Feb 4 '12 at 23:08
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    with its last update from 2011 does this even support android 4 or 5? May 5 '15 at 10:39
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    Mount Manager isn't available anymore
    – Hikari
    Apr 29 '16 at 19:42
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    Any alternative to Mount Manager or CIFSManager currently available?
    – Ben Mordue
    May 14 '16 at 11:27

download es file manager. add shared folder to it by scanning ur network.. video player built in even can put shortcut on desktop. I understand the advantages of what you are doing. it gets the job done without compiling and installing mods.: edit: only works with streaming file formats. copies file over otherwise

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    ES can't mount the network shares, but this is a good alternative.
    – Dan Hulme
    Aug 6 '14 at 8:41

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