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The purpose of this page

This page is intended for use in collecting recipes on how to set up WebDAV clients to work with the W3C WebDAV server, in complement with the existing documentation.

Using WebDAV to edit on the W3C site: clients

There is preliminary support to edit W3C Web site using WebDAV, but due to the number of interoperability issues with the protocol, this support is only experimental; the following clients have been reported to work with the current implementation on

It is not recommended to use any other client-side implementations as of today. Yves is working on improving support for other implementations, but has only limited time to do so.


  • Cadaver (text-based client for Unix)
  • davfs, a Linux kernel module
  • Konqueror, KDE file manager on Linux; just type "webdav://" in the address bar.
  • nd, a Unix command-line based tool, that can be combined with eldav, an emacs interface to WebDAV


  • Goliath, for OSX. However, this does not run on newer Mac-s, because it is PowerPC based.
  • OSX WebDAVFS Webdav mount: in the Finder, select 'Go' menu, click on 'Connect to server...' (Apple-K key) and enter the URL to the WebDAV 'Server Address' that you want to open (e.g., or select a 'Favorite Server' already registered. You will be prompted for you login name and password.



  • Instructions for Setting up WebDAV in Windows 7
    • Start -> Run -> Services.msc
    • Start your Webclient service. Set the properties so it will start automatically next time you boot Windows 7
    • Rightclick anywhere on your desktop and choose 'new shortcut'
    • Use this format for WebDAV folders: \\your_webdav_server_domain@SLL\rootwebdavfolder\path\to\folder. Path would look like: \\\Team

EngInSite DataFreeway has been reported to work with edit.

Useful information on the use of WebDAV with some clients

  • While using Windows, avoid creating new folders in the remote file system, you should create one locally, then drag the whole directory at its final location. Failing to do so will just create a "New Folder" directory that can't be removed. Not a big deal, but we want to avoid cluttering the editing space.
  • Be VERY careful when deleting a file, if something goes wrong, see next point
  • It is impossible to delete a directory, because of the use of CVS in the back end, and because it would be very time consuming to recover from an unwanted deletion of an important directory.