Uploading files to Drop Box and Resources using WebDAV with Mac OS X

WebDAV stands for "Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning". It is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol that lets users collaboratively edit and manage files on a remote web server.

You can use WebDAV to upload and access files in your site's Drop Box and Resources, if you have the required permissions.

Also, consider the following:

Note: Files with names that include the following characters cannot be accepted:

Character Description
\ Back slash
/ Forward slash
? Question mark
* Asterisk
" Quotation mark
: Colon
< Less than
> Greater than
# Hash mark
% Percent sign

If your file's name contains one of these characters, change the filename before attempting to upload it.

Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)

Note: A known issue with WebDAV and Mac OS X 10.4 is preventing successful uploads to Resources and Drop Box. Developers are currently working on a solution, which they will release with a forthcoming update.

Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) and earlier

Using WebDAV to upload and access files in Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) and earlier requires a third-party client called Goliath.

Note: Goliath has some known performance issues, and may not work 100% of the time. Because of this, only limited support is available if you experience problems.

You can download a free copy of Goliath from:

http://www.webdav.org/goliath/installs/Goliath1_0_1.dmg.gz

Once you have downloaded the file, double-click it to decompress it. Then, double-click the resulting .dmg file. A disk image named Goliath 1.0.1 should now be available. Then, follow these steps:

  1. Drag and drop the Goliath folder contained within the disk image to your hard disk.

  2. Open the Goliath application.

  3. In the "Server Address:" field, you'll enter a URL that points to the destination Drop Box or Resources tool.

    Contact your site administrator for the URL's format, it will likely include the siteID for your site.

Note: For instructions on finding your siteID, see Determining your site's siteID.

The first time you attempt to connect, you may be prompted to accept a certificate for the site. Click OK if prompted.

You may now drag and drop folders between your computer and the sites to which you just connected.


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Last modified on February 01, 2006.