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This page presents one of the Web Application services. It describes how to use the WebDAV file system interface.

BaseX offers access to the databases and documents using the WebDAV protocol. WebDAV provides convenient means to access and edit XML documents by representing BaseX databases and documents in the form of a file system hierarchy.


[edit] Usage

By default, the BaseX HTTP server makes the WebDAV service accessible at http://localhost:8984/webdav/. If no default credentials are specified, they will be requested by the client (see further). It can be accessed by either http://<httphost>:<httpport>/webdav/ or webdav://<httphost>:<httpport>/webdav/, depending on your WebDAV client.

Please note that the file size of XML documents will be displayed as 0 bytes, as the actual file size can only be determined if the full document is being returned and serialized. This may cause problems with some WebDAV clients (e.g. NetDrive or WebDrive).

[edit] Authorization

The WebDAV service uses the database user credentials in order to perform authentication and authorization. If database user and password are explicitly specified when starting the BaseX HTTP Server using the corresponding startup options, WebDAV will not request additional user authentication from the client.

[edit] Root Directory

In the WebDAV root directory, all existing databases are listed. As new resources can only be stored within database, it is not possible to store files in the root directory. If a file is copied on top level, a new database will be created, which contains this resource.

[edit] Locking

The BaseX WebDAV implementation supports locking. It can be utilized with clients which support this feature (e.g. oXygen Editor). EXCLUSIVE and SHARED locks are supported, as well as WRITE locks.

Note: WebDAV locks are stored in a database called ~webdav. If the database is deleted, it will automatically be recreated along with the next lock operations. If a resource remains locked, it can be unlocking by removing the correspondent <w:lockinfo> entry.

[edit] WebDAV Clients

Please check out the following tutorials to get WebDAV running on different operating systems and with oXygen:

[edit] Changelog

Version 7.7
Version 7.0
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