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Configuring WebDav on IHS (CentOS)

1. What is WebDav ?

It is Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning, is basically a set of extensions to the HTTP that allows the users to edit, manage files on a remote server.

2. How to enable WebDav in IHS?

I will use IHS as HTTP server in my example.

  • Enable DAV modules of IHS

Locate to the IHS configuration file, which is usually in /opt/IBM/HTTPServer/conf and use an editor to open the httpd.conf and uncomment these following lines:


LoadModule dav_module modules/

LoadModule dav_fs_module modules/

Then add this line to the end of the httpd.conf to load your configuration file which will be created in next step

Include /opt/IBM/HTTPServer/conf/webdav.conf

  • Configure the DAV

Next step is to create necessary directories and the configuration file mentioned above (webdav.conf)

Make webdav directory where will be the file storage:

#mkdir -p /home/ihs/webdav

Make directory to store the lock files created by the DAV module

#mkdir -p /opt/IBM/HTTPServer/var/DAVLock

 Change the owner of the directories to the user nobody of group nobody as which the IHS instance runs

#chown nobody:nobody /home/ihs/webdav

# chown nobody:nobody /opt/IBM/HTTPServer/var/DAVLock

 Put configuration content into webdav.conf, to be something like this:
 Aias /webdav “/home/ihs/webdav”

Alias /webdav/ “/home/ihs/webdav”

<Directory /home/ihs/webdav>

Dav On

Options +Indexes

IndexOptions FancyIndexing

AddDefaultCharset UTF-8

AuthType Basic

AuthName “WebDav Server”

AuthUserFile /etc/ihs/webdav.users.pwd

<LimitExcept POST GET>

Require valid-user


Order allow,deny

Allow from all


  • Create DAV user(s)

Make sure you have path to htpasswd added to the $PATH of the environment, before executing the command below, to create a user mym

 # htpasswd -c /etc/ihs/webdav.users.pwd mym

New password:

Re-type new password:

Adding password for user mym

Restart your IHS.

 # /opt/IBM/HTTPServer/bin/apachectl restart

Now you can use a WebDav client to connect to the server