I run a file server on a Raspberry Pi at home. Also at home on another Raspberry PI; I'm running Openelec Kodi.

The instance that I'm envisioning is where my (not-very-tech-savvy) wife is at home wanting to watch a video clip that I have on my file server. I'm at work and want to copy it from the file-server to the Kodi for her.

The problem is that I need now to copy the file over the network to the other Pi running Kodi. Ideally I'd like to use the Samba to achieve this.

The file server is running a headless Jessie (Raspbian) install. I have a number of other things running on it: a web server, owncloud, transmission and a few other scripts.

What I'd like to have is a web interface to a commander-like (think Norton Commander / Total Commander / etc) interface that I could use to copy/move/delete files between a samba server and the local OS (preferably running on a non-commonly-used port).


  • Browser Interface
  • Copy/Move files from local OS to remote PC
  • Must be user controlled (not a periodically run rsync)
  • Interface must run on a non-standard port (I'm using 80 for something already)


  • I'd prefer it to use Samba, but ftp would also be OK
  • Progress bars!

Does this exist?

  • kodi can directly index and serve videos from a samba server, isnt that the solution? – meuh Jun 22 '16 at 14:45
  • Why not a remote session with SSH? – José M. Carnero Jun 22 '16 at 15:35
  • @meuh, Thanks, However, I'm looking for something that I can control via the web, instead of having ALL the content available all the time. – Jim Jun 23 '16 at 6:34
  • @JoséM.Carnero I do SSH in, but my limited experience with smbclient has proven pretty bad. So I'm looking for the solution I asked about above. – Jim Jun 23 '16 at 6:35
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    perhaps webmin can do what you want? I'm not sure if you'ld want to run it on the kodi or the server. It has a standalone web service with pages to do uploads and a file manager gui. – meuh Jun 23 '16 at 6:52

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