Using MPMoviePlayer In Xamarin iOS


Xamarin is a platform to develop cross-platform and multi-platform apps (for example, Windows Phone, Android, iOS). In Xamarin platform, the code sharing concept is used. In Xamarin Studio, Visual Studio is also available.

  • Xamarin Studio.
  • Xcode.
The steps given below are required to be followed in order to Play video using MPMoviePlayer in Xamarin iOS, using Xamarin Studio.

Step 1

Go To Xamarin Studio.

Click New Solution—> select iOS—>select App--> Choose single View App. Afterwards, click Next.


Step 2

In this step, configure your app. Give the app name (Ex:sample), Organization Identifier. Afterwards, click Next.


Step 3

In this step, give your project name (Ex: Sample) and solution name (Ex: Sample). Give the path of your project. Afterwards, click Create.


Step 4

Subsequently, go to the solution. In the solution, get all the files and sources in your project. Now, select Main.storyboard and double click to open Main.storyboard page.


Step 5

After opening the Main.storyboard, you can design this page, as per your desire.


Step 6

In this step design your app.using storyboard, Toolbox and Properties.
  1. Button(btnPlay).

Step 7

In this step, add the Video file from your Local system.Go to Solution—>Resource-->Right click-->Add-->Add Files.
Now, you can choose the required Video file. Click open. Next, choose Copy the Files to the directory. Afterwards, click Ok.
  • File name: Video.mp4

Step 8

In this step, Build Action(Content) you need to set Content type for your Video files. Solution Explorer—>Video File—>Right Click—->Build Action—>Select Content.


Step 9

In this step, go to the ViewController.cs page. Add namespaces as required.

  1. using System;  
  2. using UIKit;  
  3. using MediaPlayer;  
  4. using Foundation;  

Step 10

In this step, Write the code given below in ViewController.cs.

  1. namespace XamariniOSMPMoviePlayer {  
  2.     public partial class ViewController: UIViewController {  
  3.         protected ViewController(IntPtr handle): base(handle) {  
  4.             // Note: this .ctor should not contain any initialization logic.  
  5.         }  
  6.         public override void ViewDidLoad() {  
  7.             base.ViewDidLoad();  
  8.             // Perform any additional setup after loading the view, typically from a nib.  
  9.         }  
  10.         partial void UIButton3_TouchUpInside(UIButton sender) {  
  11.             //Video File  
  12.             string videoFile = "Video.mp4";  
  13.             MPMoviePlayerController player = new MPMoviePlayerController(NSUrl.FromFilename(videoFile));  
  14.             View.AddSubview(player.View);  
  15.             player.SetFullscreen(truetrue);  
  16.             //Video Play Fuction  
  17.             player.Play();  
  18.         }  
  19.         public override void DidReceiveMemoryWarning() {  
  20.             base.DidReceiveMemoryWarning();  
  21.             // Release any cached data, images, etc that aren't in use.  
  22.         }  
  23.     }  
  24. }  

Step 11

Now, go to Run option , choose Debug and the list of iPhone and iPad simulators, which are available. You can choose any one simulator and run it.



After a few seconds, the app will start running on your iPhone simulator.You will see your app working successfully.


You can click the Play Button, Video will Play successfully.


You need to rotate your device -- it works perfectly.


This was the process of how to Play video using MPMoviePlayer in Xamarin ios , using Xamarin Studio.

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