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Using Mac OS X, how do I use WebDAV to upload files to my Sakai 2.9 Resources or Drop Box?

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About WebDAV

WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) allows you to upload and download large files, multiple files, or folders of files to your site more easily.

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

Consider the following:

  • Before you set up WebDAV, at least one object (i.e., file or folder) must be in the destination Resources or Drop Box tool. For help, see Resources or Adding, editing, or deleting an item in Drop Box.

  • Set up WebDAV separately for each site.

  • Saving files to your site directly from within an application (e.g., Word or Excel) does not work reliably. For best results, save the file to your computer first, and then upload it to your site.

Note: Filenames that include certain characters cannot be accepted. For a list of unsupported characters, see Unsupported characters.

To check your site quota and usage (if applicable), in the Resources tool, click Check Quota.

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Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and later

You can set up WebDAV to upload and access files either with the third-party Cyberduck client, or natively from within Mac OS X. If you don't have success with one method, you may want to try the other.

Using Cyberduck

  1. Download the Cyberduck WebDAV client.

    Note: Make sure to download the version that is compatible with your version of Mac OS X.

  2. Double-click the downloaded file to decompress it, and then drag the Cyberduck application to your Applications folder.

  3. Open Cyberduck, and in the "Quick Connect" text box, enter a URL that points to the destination tool.

    Contact your site administrator for the URL's format; it will likely include the siteID for your site. For instructions on finding your siteID, see Determining your site's siteID.

  4. If prompted, choose WebDAV (HTTPS) as the protocol to use.

  5. In the resulting dialog box, fill in the fields next to "Username:" and "Password:" with your Network ID credentials. Click Login.

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

To bookmark this URL for future use, from the Bookmark menu (Cyberduck 3.3b1 or later) or Action menu (Cyberduck 3.2.1 or earlier), select New Bookmark.

When you log in, you can choose to have the passphrase remembered in your Keychain. If you do this, you will not be prompted for a passphrase when you log into your personal Resources or Drop Box or the Resources for any site to which you have access. Do not do this unless your computer is secured from use by others.

Note: When you use WebDAV to access resources using this method, you may notice that .DS_store files are being created. Apple's knowledge base provides instructions for eliminating this behavior.

Using the native OS X method

  1. In the Finder, press Command-k . (Alternatively, from the Go menu, choose Connect to Server.)

  2. In the "Server Address:" field, enter a URL that points to the destination tool.

    Contact your site administrator for the URL's format; it will likely include the siteID for your site. For instructions on finding your siteID, see Determining your site's siteID.

  3. Enter your username and password if prompted.

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

Optionally, you may click the + (plus sign) to the right of the server address after you enter it, and the server will be added to your list of favorite servers.

When you log in, you can choose to have the passphrase remembered in your Keychain. If you do this, you will not be prompted for a passphrase when you log into your personal Resources or Drop Box or the Resources for any site to which you have access. Do not do this unless your computer is secured from use by others.

Note: When you use WebDAV to access resources using this method, you may notice that .DS_store files are being created. Apple's knowledge base provides instructions for eliminating this behavior.

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Last modified on May 06, 2015.