• webdav
    Linux,  OS Tools

    Accessing a webdav drive from Linux shell

    Table of Contents

    Option 1: Connect on an interactive session


    • You need to retrieve the webdav URL from your provider. Sample:
    • Install command line tool “cadaver” (installation method depends on your Linux distribution)

    Connecting via “cadaver”

    cadaver https://testportal.com/remote.php/dav/files/your_username/

    You will be prompted to provide your password. Once logged in, you will be connected to a webdav shell.

    Available commands

    ls [path]
        List contents of current [or other] collection 
    cd path
        Change to specified collection 
        Display name of current collection 
    put local [remote]
        Upload local file 
    get remote [local]
        Download remote resource 
    mget remote...
        Download many remote resources 
    mput local...
        Upload many local files 
    edit resource
        Edit given resource 
    less remote...
        Display remote resource through pager 
    mkcol remote...
        Create remote collection(s) 
    cat remote...
        Display remote resource(s) 
    delete remote...
        Delete non-collection resource(s) 
    rmcol remote...
        Delete remote collections and ALL contents 
    copy source... dest
        Copy resource(s) from source to dest 
    move source... dest
        Move resource(s) from source to dest 
    lock resource
        Lock given resource 
    unlock resource
        Unlock given resource 
    discover resource
        Display lock information for resource 
    steal resource
        Steal lock token for resource 
        Display list of owned locks 
    propnames res
        Names of properties defined on resource 
    chexec [+|-] remote
        Change isexecutable property of resource 
    propget res [propname]
        Retrieve properties of resource 
    propset res propname value
        Set property on resource 
    set [option] [value]
        Set an option, or display options 
    open URL
        Open connection to given URL 
        Close current connection 
        Exit program 
    unset [option] [value]
        Unsets or clears value from option. 
    lcd [directory]
        Change local working directory 
    lls [options]
        Display local directory listing 
        Print local working directory 
        Logout of authentication session 
    help [command]
        Display help message

    Option #2: Mount the remote webdav as a local folder

    I find this method much more convenient.

    • Install davfs file system drivers
      • apt-get install davfs2 or yum install davfs2
    • Add your local user to “davfs” group
      • usermod -aG davfs2 <username>
    • Create a local folder to use as mount point
      • mkdir /yourmountpoint
    • Create a folder to store your users’s davfs settings
      • mkdir ~/.davfs2
    • Copy davfs global settings to your user’s folder
      • cp /etc/davfs2/secrets ~/.davfs2/secrets
    • Add an entry to /etc/fstab:
    https://testportal.com/remote.php/dav/files/your_username/ /yourmountpoint davfs user,rw,noauto 0 0
    • Mount the share
      • mount /yourmountpoint