Tested Webdav Clients

Cadaver (command line tool, UNIX/Linux)

Be sure, that the cadaver ssl package is installed. If not, ask your system administrator how to get it. Type cadaver https://webdav.gsi.de/<your repository>/files/ at the command line. You will be prompted for your GSI Web Login username and password. With the command help at the cadaver prompt you see all available commands. With quit you exit cadaver. It is strongly recommended to read the manual, if you are new to that command line stuff.


DAVExplorer (Java > 1.4, Windows and Linux/UNIX)

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To run this program, you need at least the JRE 1.4. In Windows doubleclick on DAVExplorerSSL.bat. Under UNIX/Linux run DAVExplorerSSL.sh. Type webdav.gsi.de/<your repository>/files/ right in the top middle input field after the label https:// and hit enter. No drag&drop is provided by this client.

Find detailed client information also on the web.

Note: With MS Windows Web Folders, Mac OS X Finder and Konqueror (Linux) we got some senseless error messages and/or infinite password prompt loops, if we were not authorized on some ressources.

MS Windows Web Folders

  1. Open your Internet Explorer (Version > 5.0).
  2. Click on the menuitem File/Open.
  3. Type https://webdav.gsi.de/<your repository>/files into the only existing input field.
  4. Click on the only existing checkbox Open as Webfolder.
  5. Click on the button Ok (maybe labeled with Open with other versions, anyway confirm the dialog in the most positive way that is possible).

You will be prompted for your username and password. The repository appears in the usual style of browsing and modifying a file system.

BUG: A double click on a remote file fails with several file formats (e.g. *.ps, *.pdf). You can workaround this bug by copying the files to local diskspace (e.g. drag&drop to desktop).

WARNING: I have not yet tested this step-by-step tutorial for Internet Explorer 7. You are allowed to search the world wide web by yourself first, if you encounter problems.

How to create a permanent Webfolder:

Use the wizard Desktop/My Network Places/Add Network Place, not Tools/Map Network Drive (german: Desktop/Netzwerkumgebung/Netzwerkressource hinzufügen, nicht Extras/Netzlaufwerk verbinden) and create a new network ressource at location https://webdav.gsi.de/<your repository>/files. Depending on your personal rights on the repository, you can read, write, move, delete, read, copy or rename files or directories such as in the windows explorer.

If you type https://webdav.gsi.de/<your repository>/files/ in the location bar of your internet explorer, you will only get read access! To upload files, you must use the network place, which you created above.

Windows 7: A Webdav Folder can now be created with the Map Network Drive Featue.


Windows XP 64bit does not support Web Folders for webdav resources, so we recommend to use Bitkinex in such cases: http://www.bitkinex.com/download.php The formerly commercial product is now freeware and provides a typical file commander user interface.

Howto: In the main window click DataSource > New > Http/WebDav. Type a name. Then rightclick the new item and choose "Properties". Server Adress is webdav.gsi.de:443. If you want Bitkinex to save your credentials, type them under Authorization. Then go to Server > Site Map and add the path /%repository_name%/files and choose the Type Directory (WebDAV-compliant).

Find a detailed and illustrated step by step documentation for Windows XP 64bit written by Gaby Lücker (in German).

Konqueror (Linux)

Open an instance of your Konqueror program and type webdavs://webdav.gsi.de/<your repository>/files/ in the location bar. The repository appears in the usual style of browsing and modifying a file system.

Konqueror is also a web browser. If you type https://webdav.gsi.de/<your repository>/files/, you will get read access to the repository only.

Mac OS X Finder

Focus Finder, click Go/Connect to server (command + k) and enter https://webdav.gsi.de/<your repository>/files/. You will look and feel like browsing your local filesystem.

Mac OS X Goliath

See http://www.webdav.org/goliath/

Topic revision: r8 - 2010-06-24, KerstinSchiebel
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