Connecting to a WebDAV Server

DAV Explorer uses the WebDAV network protocol to perform operations on a WebDAV server. DAV Explorer only displays a listing of local files until it is given the URL of a collection on a WebDAV server. Once it has been given this URL of a collection on a WebDAV server, and a login name and password have also been provided if necessary, DAV Explorer lists the resources located on the WebDAV server.

Enter the URL

To begin using the DAV Explorer, enter the URL of a collection on a WebDAV server:
URL Dialog
Note that the specific URL listed in the screenshot above does not work - you need to enter the URL of a WebDAV-enabled location on a WebDAV server where you have access permission. A list of some public WebDAV servers is given at the bottom of the page.
Also note that the protocol specification (http:// or https://) is already provided and does not need to be entered.

Then, hit Enter or click the connect button: Connect Button

Login Name and Password

If the location you are connecting to is password protected, DAV Explorer will ask for a login name and a password. Type them in and click "OK".
Password Dialog

The login name and password will either be given to you by the administrator of the WebDAV server, or will be selected by you when you create an account on a WebDAV-enabled storage server, such as Sharemation, or MyDocsOnline.
Depending on the configuration of the particular WebDAV server, you may only be asked for a login name and password if you perform specific actions, e.g., a file upload.
The password dialog also displays the so-called realm, which can help you in selecting the correct login name and password, and the authentication type or scheme used by the WebDAV server. DAV Explorer supports the two standard authentication types used on the Web: Basic and Digest.

Established Connection

Once you have entered a location URL, and (if necessary) your login name and password, DAV Explorer will connect to the remote WebDAV server, and request a listing of the resources there. A hierarchical view of the sub-collections will be displayed in the left window pane, while the right window pane shows all resources and collections in the current collection.

Here is a screenshot of DAV Explorer after it has connected to a remote WebDAV server:

DAV Explorer Screenshot

Free WebDAV accounts

If you do not currently have a collection on a WebDAV server, you can set up a free WebDAV account on Sharemation, or My Docs Online. These services allow you to create a WebDAV-enabled account with access to a minimum of 20MB of storage. These sites typically assume you are using the Microsoft Web Folders client to access WebDAV capabilities, and hence their WebDAV documentation is focused there.

WebDAV Resources

The WebDAV Resources site, and the WebDAV Working Group site have listings of available WebDAV servers, both commercial and open source.

Many people have been using DAV Explorer to test the setup of their WebDAV server installation. DAV Explorer has a good record of interoperability with most WebDAV server implementations.

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