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I didn't find any iPad app that's supporting samba.

What is the best way to access Windows shares from an iPad?

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Because there is no normally-accessible local filesystem on an iOS device, an app that "supports SMB" doesn't tell us enough. Because you can't simply copy files from a SMB share onto the iOS device.

There are plenty of apps that support SMB shares, three I can think of off the top of my head (at least as far as I recall) are: Goodreader, OPlayer, and Air Sharing.

Air Sharing is probably the most compatible for whatever you want to do, as it opens almost anything. Goodreader is primarily a document reader (txt, pdf, etc.), and OPlayer is a multi-format video player. It plays almost anything, MPEGs, AVIs, MKVs, etc.

What you want to accomplish beyond merely 'connecting to a SMB Share' will dictate the app you'll be able to use.

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  • Thank you! OPlayer supports connecting to Samba Windows shares. In Goodreader and Air Sharing I didn't find such functions.
    – TheLostOne
    Feb 23, 2012 at 20:43
  • How do you use an SMB share in GoodReader?
    – rakslice
    Jul 22, 2012 at 4:28
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Additionally to the OPlayer app suggested by @Jason Salaz I've found several other apps that can connect to Windows smb shares:

Unfortunately I couldn't find any free apps.

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It's easy to hook up dropbox--not quite the same as you are asking but supported on pc/mac/iphone/ipad/android/linux/... and really does a great job of syncing your files together.

I haven't seen any other apps that would allow you to accomplish the goal you are after, but you will find some that will let you stream media from a certain type of media share--but that's not what you asked.

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  • The apps I've posted above allow accessing Windows shares.
    – TheLostOne
    Mar 8, 2012 at 22:38
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The files app on iOS and iPadOS can connect to network file servers directly so there’s no need for a third party app unless you want features they provide over Apple’s native SMB client solution.

(This wasn’t implemented when the question was asked, but it’s a great solution for now.)

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