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7 Configure A Linux Client (GNOME) To Connect To The WebDAV Share

If you want to connect to the WebDAV share from a GNOME desktop, go to Places > Connect to Server...:

Select WebDAV (HTTP) as the Service type, type in the Server ( in this example) and then the Folder (webdav). Do not fill in a User Name yet because otherwise the connection will fail. Click on Connect afterwards:

Now you are being prompted for a user name and password. Type in test along with the password, then click on Connect:

You might get the following error...

... but at the same time the WebDAV share should appear on the desktop, which means you can ignore the error:

Double-click on the icon to open the WebDAV share:


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By: William Siddall

Last time it tried it (3 months ago) a webDAV client with Ubuntu/Nautilus was really slow.  Painfully slow.  Unusably slow.  I speculate that it has to do with directory pre-caching that Nautilus tries to do.

By: Carsten

Hello, just a quick question:

Do you also have a config syntax where each user have automaltically a DAV folder, and the login to the DAV URL takes the logged in username and displays for that user the DAV location?




By: solnyshok

Hi, I have problem, that webdav is not asking password and showing directory content.


In particular, it DOES ask for password when I connect from Ubuntu->Places->Connect to Server. But when I simply enter my local IP address in web browser (e.g. from my wifi phone on the same network http://192.168.0.x (even without .../webdav/ part of the path) then I get to see all folders without asking for user name or password.

Please help.

By: James

Very well explained but when im trying to copy a file from my computer to my webdav service i cant because the webdav is not shared or something like that what can i do?

By: Daniele

I have followed your complete and useful instructions to install it on my server. It seems to work, as cadaver answers as expected.

The problem appears when I try to connect to webdav. I have tried to:
Select WebDAV (HTTP) as the Service type, typed in the Server ( for me) and then the Folder (webdav). With these data I get an error saying it is not possible to mount «dav://». Not an enabled webDAV share.

So, I have typed "localhost" as Server instead. With it I am asked for user and password and the webdav share appears on the desktop. With a double-click on the icon, I get again an error like "unable to mount it because it is not an enabled WebDAV share.

Any idea?