Playing a video file is simple in android. This post will help you.
Put your video in res/raw folder. If no raw folder present then create a new folder inside res.

package com.coderzheaven.pack;

import android.os.Bundle;
import android.widget.MediaController;
import android.widget.VideoView;

public class Example extends Activity {
    /** Called when the activity is first created. */
	public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState)
	private void showVideo()
		VideoView vd = (VideoView)findViewById(;
		Uri uri = Uri.parse("android.resource://package/";
		MediaController mc = new MediaController(this);

The main. xml file.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

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  1. dfejrwh January 5, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    useful code.. thanks!!!

  2. unknown November 30, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    hi this code is really good but when i put any fil e on raw folder the invalid file name error occur pls suggest me to solve this problem

    • James November 30, 2011 at 9:23 pm

      Did you use your package name in the place of “package”.

  3. Dale January 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    How to programatically close the player when the video ended.

    • James January 6, 2012 at 9:18 pm
      • Dale January 8, 2012 at 4:05 pm

        Hello James, thank you for reply. Can you help me once more? When I run a video and sliding on page during ten seconds, I get pop up menu ‘Activity MyActivity (in application MyActivity) is not responding’ appears (Android 3.2.1). How to ban the sliding?

        • James January 8, 2012 at 9:05 pm

          @Dale :- I couldn’t understand clearly what you are trying to say.

          • Dale January 8, 2012 at 10:03 pm

            When I try paging on screen during 10 sec., I get error ‘Activity MyActivity (in application MyActivity) is not responding’. This error shows on Android 3.2.1 (on Android 2.3.3 – all OK). How to freeze the paging on screen?

          • Dale January 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm
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  5. nikunj March 7, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Hello Sir,
    When i run your code so we can only listening music video is not see in my emulator…….
    please help me sir

  6. aunty March 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Hello James,

    How to play Video in full screen mode?

    I have used this for videoview in xml


    but it doesnt display it in full screen.

    Thanks in advance.

  7. Ankush September 9, 2012 at 11:17 am

    When i put this code i my application it shows a pop up saying video can not be played.
    Plz help

    • James September 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Check whether you video is in supported format or try your project on the device.

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