The Laboratory for Computer Science Research has set up a Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) server. The server is set up to allow remote access to all of users's files stored on CS public File servers (Fac/Res/Grad/UG/iLab/FilerTemp) using a WebDAV client on your computer and mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android Phone and Black Berry.
Unlike CIFS/SMB - a propriety unsecured protocol that are likely blocked by firewall - WebDAV uses standard Secure HTTPS protocol and is not likely blocked. This makes WebDAV a much better choice for sharing files.
With a WebDAV client you can access and manipulate your data on CS resources from any MacOS X, Windows OS, Linux OS and Mobile devices, negating the need to use proprietary commercial service like DropBox, BoxNet and etc. which have limited quota and uncertain privacy policies.
Below you will find instructions how to connect to the WebDAV server from WebDAV clients on different operating systems and mobile devices. Click on the link below for instruction on connecting to WebDAV server on your specific OS or device.
Accessing from Windows OS.
Current WindowsOS (except Windows98/2000) has built in support for WebDAV.
You can connect to WebDav via Add A Network Location or Map network Drive option.
If you would like WebDAV disk Mapped as a drive,follow instruction below:
If you have older OS (except for Windows98) or prefer to use special WebDAV client, you can use a program called WebDrive available free for all Rutgers users from software.rutgers.edu. Download and Install webdrive and follow the steps below to connect and mount the WebDAV server.
Accessing from MacOS X.
To access the WebDAV server,
- Open your CyberDuck program by double clicking on its icon.
- Once CyberDuck is running, click on the Open Connection icon.
- Select: WebDAV(HTTP/SSL) and enter
- Click the Connect button.
Once connected you will be presented with list of files available on different servers in one location. For more info on how to use CyberDuck, please read the CyberDuck help page.
Alternative Option: Mount via SSHFS. See Mounting Linux/Unix Home Directory on MacOSX Securely
Note: MacOS X comes with built in WebDAV support. However, due to the way files are saved in MacOS X, the more files you have, the slower the access. This is a known problem in MacOS X Finder. This issue is documented in KB TS1656 and some people have come up with work around to speed up access. Our tests shows, it only helps a little bit and we would not recommend using MacOS X Finder as a WebDAV client.
Accessing from LinuxOS.
In Linux, there are many ways to connect to WebDAV server from File Manager program like Dophin, Konqueror, and Nautilus. The steps below will show you how to do so for each file manager on Fedora or CentOS system.
Using Linux Dolphin to connect to WebDAV server
Using Linux Konqueror to connect to WebDAV server
Using Linux Nautilus to connect to WebDAV server
Mounting WebDAV server as root
if you have root access, you can simply mount the file systems directly with -t davfs
. Example of mounting the WebDAV server to /mnt:
mount -t davfs https://webdav.cs.rutgers.edu/ /mnt
Accessing from iOS Mobile Devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad)
In iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, you can use free App called: WebDAV Nav. Using WebDAV Nav on your iOS device,
- Click [+] to add a new server.
- In the window that open, enter
Server URL: webdav.cs.rutgers.edu
- Click the Save button to save the newly added server configuration.
- Click on the icon to connect to the WebDAV server.
There are other alternative commercial programs that are available on iOS you may want to try also. These programs have other features such as ability to open .doc, .ppt, .xls and more. Example: ReaddleDocs andGoodReaders.
Disclaimer: We do not recommend any specific commercial products. Please read available user's reviews for each App you are interested in before purchasing them.
Accessing from Android Mobile Devices
With Android Mobile devices, you have an option for a commercial WebDAV client called WebDAV Nav for Android
, a WebDAV clients that you can test for 30 days before paying for it, called Mobile WebDAV
or purchase a commercial client called Cloud Browser: FTP, WebDAV, S3
No matter which client you choose, when connecting to the WebDAV server, you need to enter:
Port:443 (if asked)
Disclaimer: We do not recommend any specific commercial product. Please read available user's reviews for each App you are interested in before purchasing them.
Accessing from BlackBerry OS.