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WebDAV Client for Linux and Windows

WebDAV client is a utility supporting data transmission via the WebDAV protocol. Different software solutions utilize WebDAV client functions for data-storing purposes, including such tasks as making a WebDAV backup client or allowing synchronizing a local WebDAV folder with some cloud account.

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WebDAV Client Types and Functions

The simplest classification for WebDAV clients is by system integration:

  • Native or built-in Windows and Linux WebDAV clients (i.e. Ubuntu WebDAV Server and Client).
  • Third party (e.g. WebDAV Linux client) software.

The main factors in choosing a client are: 1) Data transfer rate; 2) Additional features on the security and locking. Exactly the data transfer rate is the main problem of native clients, where the third-party solutions utilize different methods of speeding up transferring.

Examples of WebDAV Client Solutions

Here are the examples of WebDAV client Windows software solutions and Linux packages.

Windows WebDAV client software:

  • Windows Explorer
  • BitKinex
  • NetDrive
  • WebDrive

Ubuntu WebDAV client solutions:

  • Dolphin
  • Nautilus
  • Firefox
  • Cadaver

Cross-platform Windows and Linux WebDAV client backup solution:

  • Handy Backup

Utilizing Handy Backup for Using WebDAV on Linux

Handy Backup is a WebDAV backup client, allowing making an effective and secure WebDAV backup in both directions (i.e., onto a cloud or from a cloud account to some other storage)! Handy Backup is not only Windows backup software; it supports Linux WebDAV client protocols for Ubuntu-like distros.

Specify Backup Set: Clouds

The location of a WebDAV plug-in is a “Cloud” data group on the Step 2. Select WebDAV client by clicking on it, and then configure your WebDAV client parameters on the next dialog window.

WebDAV Configuration Settings

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Linux Mount WebDAV Client Connection

Since WebDAV Linux protocol is very tricky, is not so easy to understand how it works under Linux. Here is a useful advice, how to set up connection to a WebDAV Linux server and client in a manual mode.

Note: All operations described below are for standard Linux terminal, not for Handy Backup or any third-party program solution!

First, you need to install the davfs2 package (here and below, the prefix "#" means root commands, and the prefix "$" marks [username]’s commands; as usual, [username] is a substitution for a current user’s name, without square parenthesis).

Then use the next command:
# modprobe coda

Test root mounting

  1. # mkdir /mnt/DAV
  2. # mount.davfs2 https://dav.test.com/share/ /mnt/DAV
  3. # umount /mnt/DAV

Allow users to mount the repository

  1. Add [username] to the users group, and re-logon as a [username] if needed
  2. $ mkdir ~/.davfs2/ ~/mnt/DAV/
  3. # cp /etc/davfs2/secrets ~[username]/.davfs2/
  4. # chown username: ~[username]/.davfs2/secrets
  5. Add the credentials to ~[username]/.davfs2/secrets following comments in there: https://dav.test.com/share username SeCret
  6. As root, add the following line in/etc/fstab:
    https://dav.test.com/share /home/[username]/mnt/DAV/ davfs2 user,noauto 0 0
    When it done, [username] also should be able to mount the repository using: # mount /home/[username]/mnt/DAV/

Thus, you can use Handy Backup as a WebDAV on Linux backup client, but this is only a small part of its powerful features. Also, find out how to Mount WebDAV Cloud Storage. Besides backing up your data, you can use it as a WebDAV client for Linux with your favorite cloud service.

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