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WebDAV stands for Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning. It is an open standard to transfer files online. The learning platform supports this protocol, allowing for a simple file transfer from your computer to folders of the learning platform.

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Advantages of WebDAV

Without WebDAV, files can only be uploaded to the learning platform via conventional upload forms. You can either select each file individually or several zipped files at once. With WebDAV, you can easily drag and drop individual files or even entire directories from your computer to the learning platform using the file manager of your operating system and keep them up-to-date.

How can I use WebDAV? 

Most operating systems already support WebDAV, and meanwhile also various other application programmes (e. g. Adobe GoLive, Dreamweaver, InDesign) offer a WebDAV interface.

To access a folder of the learning platform via WebDAV, proceed as follows:

Look up access data

You need the following data from your user profile:

Address (URL) of the server resourceUse the URL as displayed in the information text on the WebDAV access tab.
WebDAV user nameUse your learning platform user name (see My user profile) as displayed in the Access data section.
PasswordYou can set your WebDAV password in your user profile under WebDAV access. If you have already set a password, use it to access WebDAV.

WebDAV access data from the user profile

Open the user profile to look up your access data:

  1. Click on the tab Administration in the main menu and go to User administration.
Open administration area of the user administration
2. In the left menu, click on the entry User search.Start user search

3. A form will open in which information can be entered about the user account you want to find.

4. Fill the desired input fields with values for which you want to perform a search.

5. Start the search by clicking on Search.

User search form

6. User profiles which fit the specified search criteria will be listed in a table.

7. In the column Action, click on Edit at the end of the line to view the respective user's profile.

If the action column is not visible, click on Adapt table to change the columns displayed in the view.

Results list of the user search

8. Private data stored in the system will, by default, be displayed in the tab User profile. Add or edit the user information and press save to confirm your changes.

Depending on the institution/company, some labels might vary from the sample image.

User profile of a user

Set up connection

Now connect to your learning platform using the specified URL as well as your user name and password.

Most operating systems offer direct WebDAV support (e. g. Windows, Mac OS X, Linux), which may only give limited access to functions and does not yet work properly.

Another way is to gain access with an independent WebDAV client such as Cyberduck or WinSCP, which is described in the WebDAV access configuration with WinSCP section. In this case, the WebDAV server is directly integrated as a drive in the respective file management system (such as Windows Explorer). We therefore recommend the use of a WebDAV client. Corresponding software is available for various operating systems.


If you have successfully set up the connection, a new drive will open on your computer containing the following sub-directories:

coursefoldersStorage folders of all your courses. This usually only affects users with author rights. All other users will find an empty directory here.
groupfoldersAll groups of the type working group, learning group, and right group in which you are enrolled and have access to the group tool of the type folder. For more information on groups and group tools, see the Group management help page.
homeYour personal folder (private). For more information on this directory, see the Personal folder help page.
resourcefoldersAll of your learning resources of the type resource folder. This usually only affects users with author rights. All other users will find an empty directory here. For more information on this resource type, see the Resource folder help page.

Operating system support

The use of WebDAV is directly supported by the following operating systems:

Operating systemSupport
Mac OS(tick)
Linux(tick) (Nautilus)
Windows versions
XP, Vista(tick)
7(minus) (As an alternative, we recommend the use of a standalone tool such as WinSCP)
8 and higher(tick) (Limited functions)

WebDAV access configuration with WinSCP

WinSCP is a freeware tool for the Microsoft Windows operating system, which can be used to set up WebDAV connections with ease. The following instructions only describe the WebDAV connection with the OPAL learning platform. Notes on further functions can be found on the manufacturer's website: https://winscp.net/eng/docs/start

Alternatively, you can use other tools, they usually work in a similar way.

1

Download the WinSCP software to your computer. Go to https://winscp.net/eng/download.php for further instructions. Start the software by double-clicking on it and follow the steps of the installation wizard.



2

Start WinSCP. When you open it for the first time, no connection will be saved yet and the login window will be displayed. Enter the necessary configuration data for the WebDAV connection as follows.

3

Select WebDAV as transfer protocol and set the encryption.

Set up WebDAV connection

4You can find the server address to be entered in your user profile of the learning platform.
5Enter your learning platform user name in the User name field.
6

Enter your login password for the learning platform in the Password field. If stored, it is automatically used to log in via the WebDAV service and does not have to be entered manually each time you want to log in.

Alternatively, you can leave the field blank. In this case, you will be asked to enter the password each time you log in. Only then will the connection be created.

7

Another window with the file structure of your web space opens. The configuration is now complete. You can use the WebDAV connection to easily transfer files from your computer to the learning platform folders.

Active WebDAV connection with WinSCP