LSDF Online Storage: WebDAV

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WebDAV or Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning is an extension of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) allowing to access files over the internet. WebDAV access to the LSDF Online Storage is provided via a cluster of servers reachable at the address

Using WebDAV from a Web Browser

To access the starting page enter the following URL in your web browser

Project directories are accessible at the usual location:<OE>/projects/<PROJECTNAME>

where <OE> is the name of your organizational unit, e.g. scc, and <PROJECTNAME> ist the name of the project. Your home directory is accessible at the following URL:<OE>/<USERNAME>/

where <USERNAME> is you KIT username.

Using WebDAV on Linux

Using DaviX in the Command Line

The DaviX project provides a library and a set of client tools for file management over HTTP-based protocols. The command line client tools can be either installed as a regular package in you linux distribution, e.g. in RedHat based distributions with

$ yum install -y epel-release
$ yum install davix

or from the home page of the DaviX project.

Listing a Directory

The content of a directory or individual files can be listed with the following command:

$ davix-ls -l davs://
Basic authentication - server is asking for username and password:
Login: xy1234
-rwxrwxrwx 0     10485760   2019-05-20 09:29:18 a_small_file

Copying a File

To copy a file from the WebDAV share to you local directory:

$ davix-get davs:// testfile
Basic authentication - server is asking for username and password:
Login: xy1234
Performing Read operation on: davs://
[==================================] 100%     10MiB/10MiB         0B/s                     

Recursively Uploading Files

Uploading files recursively with 6 transfers in parallel:

$ davix-put -r6  a_directory davs://
Basic authentication - server is asking for username and password:
Login: xy1234
Populating task queue for a_directory/      Files processed:          0                     

Recursively downloading files

Files and directories can be downloaded recursively

$ davix-get -r6 davs:// downloaded_dir
Basic authentication - server is asking for username and password:
Login: xy1234
Crawling davs://      Files processed:          1    

Mounting a WebDAV Share

davfs2 is a file system driver that allows mounting a WebDAV server as a local file system, like a disk drive. This way, applications can access resources on a WebDAV server without knowing anything about HTTP or WebDAV. davfs2 does extensive caching to make the file system responsive, to avoid unnecessary network traffic and to prevent data loss, and to cope for slow or unreliable connections.


On CentOS or RedHat like systems install the package davfs2 which is available in the epel repository:

$ yum install -y epel-release
$ yum install davfs2

Mounting a Share (as root)

To mount an LSDF WebDAV share issue the following command as root:

$ mkdir /mnt/webdav
mount.davfs /mnt/webdav >/dev/null 2>&1
Please enter the username to authenticate with server or hit enter for none.
 Username: xy1234
Please enter the password to authenticate user fg9068 with server or hit enter for none.


$ mount.davfs -o username=xy1234,uid=xxx,gid=yyy,rw /mnt/webdav

WebDAV mount check:

>df | grep webdav   26666664  13333332   13333332  50% /mnt/webdav

Mount WebDAV share using fstab

>cat /etc/fstab | grep webdav /mnt/webdav davfs rw,noauto,user,uid=xy1234 0 0

>mkdir /mnt/webdav 

>cat /etc/davfs2/secrets | grep os-webdav    xy1234     ***

>mount /mnt/webdav >/dev/null 2>&1

WebDAV umount:

>umount.davfs /mnt/webdav

Mount WebDAV share as user

davfs2 makes mounting by unprivileged users as easy and secure as possible.

User must be a member of the davfs2 group:

>usermod -a -G davfs2 xy1234
>grep davfs2 /etc/group


>cat /etc/fstab | grep webdav /mnt/webdav davfs rw,noauto,user,uid=xy1234 0 0

>chmod 600 /lsdf/kit/inst/xy1234/.davfs2/secrets

>cat /lsdf/kit/inst/xy1234/.davfs2/secrets | grep os-webdav  xy1234   ***

>mount /mnt/webdav >/dev/null 2>&1

>umount /mnt/webdav
umount: /mnt/webdav: umount failed: Operation not permitted

You can mount the above-mentioned WebDAV share using sudo utility.

WebDAV client cadaver

cadaver is a command-line WebDAV client, with support for file upload, download, on-screen display, in-place editing, namespace operations (move/copy), collection creation and deletion, property manipulation, and resource locking.


yum install cadaver


dav:/kit/inst/xy1234/> help
Available commands: 
Available commands: 
 ls         cd         pwd        put        get        mget       mput       
 edit       less       mkcol      cat        delete     rmcol      copy       
 move       lock       unlock     discover   steal      showlocks  version    
 checkin    checkout   uncheckout history    label      propnames  chexec     
 propget    propdel    propset    search     set        open       close      
 echo       quit       unset      lcd        lls        lpwd       logout     
 help       describe   about      
Aliases: rm=delete, mkdir=mkcol, mv=move, cp=copy, more=less, quit=exit=bye

Connection via File Manager

  • Nautilus (Gnome)
  • Kubuntu (Dolphin/Konqueror) (KDE)
  • Xubuntu (Thunar) (Xfce)
  • Lubuntu (PCManFM)

Using WebDAV on Windows

Add network address

Example: Computer => Add network address => Continue =>

Network drive over WebDAV


>net use * /user:xy1234
Laufwerk W: ist jetzt mit verbunden.
Der Befehl wurde erfolgreich ausgeführt.


>net use * \\\ /user:xy1234