WebDAV means Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning. It is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol which allows users to collaboratively edit and manage files on remote web servers. It was defined in rfc4918 and evolved to a de-facto standard. Files (or folders) stored in the cloud can be accessed via WebDAV. WebDAV access is not available if you are syncing folders between clients only. Many operating systems come with built-in WebDAV support and allow to upload, access and explore files stored in the cloud without the client or any additional software installed.
Understanding WebDAV Security
To access folders via WebDAV it is required to authenticate with login to the cloud. In case of the https://my.powerfolder.com cloud it's the email you've registered / purchased with and the password you have set in the past.
Other users require at least read permission on the folder for access, otherwise the access will be blocked.
On https://my.powerfolder.com all WebDAV traffic will be SSL-encrypted.
Obtaining the WebDAV URL
Each of your folders stored in the cloud have an address which let's you access them via WebDAV. This address is called the WebDAV URL.
How to obtain the WebDAV URL:
- Login at http://my.powerfolder.com or at your organization's PowerFolder cloud URL.
- Click on a folder to get the WebDAV URL for.
- Click on Settings.
- Copy the WebDAV URL.
The address can be used in any WebDAV client to access the contents of a folder stored in the cloud.
Using WebDAV on Windows
Via Windows Explorer
- Open Windows Explorer (e.g. by right-clicking the Start button)
- Right-click Computer in the left navigation pane.
- Click on Map network drive...
- Select a free drive letter under the Drive drop-down.
- Enter the WebDAV URL of the folder into the Folder field.
- Check the Connect using different credentials checkbox.
- Enter your login and password to the cloud.
Via command line
- Open a Command Prompt window (or start
net usecommand to mount your folder to a drive letter of your choice. Example:
passwordwith your login to the cloud.
with the WebDAV URL for the folder you want to mount.
Troubleshooting WebDAV on Windows
- The built-in Windows client might crash occasionally. In that case it might help to restart the Windows service WebClient under Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services.
- The built-in Windows client might be very slow. In that case please disable the automatic proxy detection in the Internet Explorer. You can find that setting in the Internet Explorer's Internet Options > Connections > LAN Settings > Automatically detect settings.
The built-in Windows client might repeatedly ask your for your credentials. In that case you might need to enable Basic Authentication:
Using WebDAV on Mac OS X
- Click on Go.
- Click on Connect to server...
- Enter the WebDAV URL of the folder into the Server Address field.
- Click on Connect.
- Choose Registered User and enter your login and password you are using to login to the cloud.
- Click on Connect.
Via command line
Mac OS X version 10.4 (Tiger) and following support WebDAV shares natively as a type of filesystem. The system can mount WebDAV-enabled server directories to the filesystem using the traditional BSD mounting mechanism.
The Finder presents a WebDAV share as an external disk, allowing users to interact with WebDAV just as they would with any other filesystem.
Using WebDAV on Linux
Linux users can mount WebDAV shares using davfs2 or fusedav which mount them as coda or FUSE filesystems. KDE has native WebDAV support as part of kio_http. This enables Konqueror and every other KDE application to interact directly with WebDAV servers.Nautilus also has WebDAV support built in. The cadaver command-line client, which provides an FTP-like command set, is included in many Linux distributions.