Fedora 29: Install WebDAV for file server

This article will describe installing WebDAV.

1 Install WebDAV

  • This article uses default SSL/TLS certicication file for https. Please change your SSL/TLS certification file.
  • Use https or davs for SSL.
  • WEBDAV_USERNAME is username and WEBDAV_PASSWORD is password for digest authentication.
#!/bin/sh -e

[ -z "${WEBDAV_USERNAME}" ] && \
[ -z "${WEBDAV_PASSWORD}" ] && \

sudo dnf install -y httpd httpd-tools mod_ssl apr-util-bdb

cat <<EOF | sudo tee /etc/httpd/conf.d/webdav.conf
Alias /webdav /var/www/webdav
DAVLockDB /var/lib/webdav/DAVLock

<VirtualHost _default_:443>
  SSLEngine on
  SSLCertificateFile /etc/pki/tls/certs/localhost.crt
  SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/pki/tls/private/localhost.key

<Location /webdav>
  DAV On
  AuthType Digest
  AuthName webdav
  AuthUserFile /etc/httpd/.webdav
  Require valid-user

sudo mkdir /var/www/webdav
sudo chown apache:apache /var/www/webdav

sudo mkdir /var/lib/webdav
sudo chown apache:apache /var/lib/webdav

sudo firewall-cmd --add-service=https --permanent
sudo firewall-cmd --reload
sudo systemctl enable httpd
sudo systemctl restart httpd

sudo setsebool -P httpd_unified 1

# Create digest password file with expect command.
sudo dnf install -y expect
expect -c "
set timeout -1
spawn sudo htdigest -c /etc/httpd/.webdav webdav ${WEBDAV_USERNAME}
expect \"New password: \"
send \"${WEBDAV_PASSWORD}\n\"
expect \"Re-type new password: \"
send \"${WEBDAV_PASSWORD}\n\"
expect eof

2 Access to WebDAV

Install davfs2 package for mounting davfs.

$ sudo dnf install -y davfs2

Run "mount -t davfs".

$ sudo mount -t davfs https://localhost/webdav /mnt
Please enter the username to authenticate with server
https://localhost/webdav or hit enter for none.
  Username: webdav
Please enter the password to authenticate user webdav with server
https://localhost/webdav or hit enter for none.
You only should accept this certificate, if you can
verify the fingerprint! The server might be faked
or there might be a man-in-the-middle-attack.
Accept certificate for this session? [y,N] y

Write file via WebDAV.

$ echo hello | sudo tee /mnt/hello.txt

For updating written file immediately, unmount /mnt.

$ sudo umount /mnt

Written file can be read in /var/www/webdav.

$ sudo cat /var/www/webdav/hello.txt