Accessing Documents with WebDAV

Accessing Documents with WebDAV

You can access the Document Library from your desktop file manager via WebDAV. WebDAV is a protocol based on HTTP for managing files stored on web servers. WebDAV is supported by most major operating systems and desktop environments, including Linux, macOS, and Windows.

To access the Document Library folder from a file browser, you must use your log-in credentials and the WebDAV URL of the folder you want to access. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Documents and Media application in the desired Site or Asset Library.

  2. Click the Actions button for the desired folder (Actions Button) and select Access from Desktop.

    Select Access from Desktop to get the folder's WebDAV URL.

  3. Copy the folder’s unique WebDAV URL.

    Copy the folder's WebDAV URL.

  4. Follow the instructions for your operating system.

    • Windows: Map a network drive to the WebDAV URL. Enter your credentials when prompted. Once authenticated, the Document Library folder appears as a network drive.

    • macOS: Open Finder and select GoConnect to Server. In the Server Address field, enter the WebDAV URL of the folder you want to access, then click Connect and enter your credentials when prompted.

    • Linux: For Linux, you must slightly modify the folder’s WebDAV URL. For KDE Dolphin, change the URL’s protocol to webdav:// instead of http://. For GNOME Files, change the URL’s protocol to dav:// instead of http://. Paste the modified URL in your file manager, press Enter, and enter your credentials when prompted.

Once set up, you can use your operating system’s file browser to add, edit, and delete files in the connected Documents and Media folder. If you edit a file in this folder on your file system, all changes appear in Liferay and the file’s minor version is incremented.