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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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Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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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?