Using Mac OS X, how do I use WebDAV to upload files to my Oncourse Resources or Drop Box?
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WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) allows you to upload and download large files (over 200 MB), 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.
Note: WebDAV is not available for use with Guest accounts.
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.
The quota for a course, project,
or portfolio site is 4 GB; the quota for My Workspace is 1
GB. You can only upload 200 MB at a time, unless you use
WebDAV. To request a larger quota for your site, see What are the default disk
quotas for UITS accounts, and how do I request an
increase? To check your site quota and usage, in the
Resources tool, click
Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and later
To use WebDAV to upload and access files in Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and later:
- Download the Cyberduck WebDAV client.
Note: Make sure to download the version that is compatible with your version of Mac OS X.
- Double-click the downloaded file to decompress it, and then drag
the Cyberduck application to your
- Open Cyberduck, and in the "Quick
Connect" text box, enter the WebDAV URL for your site's
Resources or Drop Box tool:
- To connect to a site's Resources, enter the following URL,
siteIDwith the appropriate siteID: https://oncourse.iu.edu/dav/siteID/
- To connect to your personal Resources (in My
Workspace), enter one of the following URLs (both will work),
usernamewith your Indiana University Network ID username: https://oncourse.iu.edu/dav/user/username https://oncourse.iu.edu/dav/~username
- To connect to a site's Drop Box, enter the following URL, replacing
siteIDwith the appropriate siteID: https://oncourse.iu.edu/dav/group-user/siteID/
- Alternatively, to find the URL you need, go to the site and tool you want to
connect to and click
Upload-Download Multiple Resources. The URL for that tool appears in the instructions.
Note: For instructions on finding your siteID, see Determining your site's siteID.
- To connect to a site's Resources, enter the following URL, replacing
- In the resulting dialog box, fill in the fields next to
"Username:" and "Password:" with your Network ID credentials. Click
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
(Cyberduck 3.3b1 or later) or
Action menu (Cyberduck 3.2.1 or
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
Last modified on June 04, 2013.