In this tutorial, we will show you how to Set up WebDAV using Apache on CentOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) is an extension of the HTTP protocol that allows users to edit and manage files and documents stored on servers. WebDAV provides a frame for users to create, alter, move, Upload, and download documents on an Apache webserver. This makes WebDAV a favorite choice for programmers, especially when combined with Subversion or Git.
This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘
sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step by step set up WebDAV using Apache on CentOS 7 or RHEL Linux.
- A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 7.
- It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
- SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
non-root sudo useror access to the
root user. We recommend acting as a
non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.
Set up WebDAV using Apache on CentOS 7
Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.
yum clean all yum -y install epel-release yum -y update
Step 2. Installing the Apache webserver.
Install Apache using YUM:
yum install httpd
Start the Apache webserver:
systemctl start httpd.service systemctl enable httpd.service
For Apache, there are three WebDAV-related modules that will be loaded by default when an Apache webserver gets started. You can confirm that with this command:
httpd -M | grep dav
You should result with:
dav_module (shared) dav_fs_module (shared) dav_lock_module (shared)
Step 3. Configure WebDAV.
After installing the WebDAV module, you will need to create a WebDAV directory:
mkdir /var/www/html/webdav chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html chmod -R 755 /var/www/html
Set up password authentication:
htpasswd -c /etc/httpd/.htpasswd chedelics
Now, you need to assign group ownership of the file to the apache user and lock down the permissions for everyone else. To do this, run the following command:
chown root:apache /etc/httpd/.htpasswd chmod 640 /etc/httpd/.htpasswd
Step 4. Configure Apache vhost for WebDAV.
Next, you need to create a virtual host file for the WebDAV directory:
Add the following content:
DavLockDB /var/www/html/DavLock <VirtualHost *:80> ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost DocumentRoot /var/www/html/webdav/ ErrorLog /var/log/httpd/error.log CustomLog /var/log/httpd/access.log combined Alias /webdav /var/www/html/webdav <Directory /var/www/html/webdav> DAV On AuthType Basic AuthName "webdav" AuthUserFile /etc/httpd/.htpasswd Require valid-user </Directory> </VirtualHost>
Save and exit, Restart Apache to put your changes into effect:
systemctl restart httpd.service
Step 5. Accessing WebDAV.
WebDAV will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to
http://my-domain.com/webdav and complete the required steps to finish the installation. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed WebDAV using Apache on CentOS 7. Thanks for using this tutorial to set up WebDAV using Apache on CentOS 7 systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official WebDAV website.