webDAV server using nginx module


As a follow-up to this question, does anyone have experience with serving webDAV requests using the built-in nginx module (with dav-ext) rather than a heavy app like seafile or nextcloud?

My naive try did not succeed. With the config below, a PROPFIND request to https://my-domain.tld/webdav gets redirected (302) to https://my-domain.tld/yunohost/sso which then logically fails with 405 (method not supported). I guess that the authentication is not handled properly. Any idea how to fix this?

Thanks in advance!

nginx config (/etc/nginx/conf.d/my-domain.tld.d/webdav.conf)

rewrite ^/webdav$ /webdav/ permanent;
location /webdav/ {
    # Force usage of https
    if ($scheme = http) {
    rewrite ^ https://$server_name$request_uri? permanent;

    root /var/www/webdav;
    client_body_temp_path /tmp/nginx/client;

    dav_ext_methods PROPFIND OPTIONS;
    create_full_put_path on;
    dav_access user:rw;

    include conf.d/yunohost_panel.conf.inc;

You need to add a persistent rules in SSOWat ( see /etc/ssowat ). the rule should disable sso on request /webdav/ . For example with skipped_uris property.

dav_access user:rw;

You have no yunohost user on the system, but admin.

example: if you create titi in yunohost, titi can not login via SSH (user) :frowning:

so, either ngnix to LDAP or LDAP to PAM

let’s look at the options.

Any experts around ? :thinking:

Yunohost user are like system user thanks to the service nscdu (if i remember well). You can login with ssh if you enable the access (not recommended).

I managed to create a Webdav server thanks to your discussion and to the nginx webdav documentation

  1. I created a file named webdav.conf in /etc/nginx/conf.d/mon-domain.tld.d
rewrite ^/webdav$ /webdav/ permanent;
location /webdav/ {

    root     /var/www;

    client_body_temp_path /var/www/webdav_client_temp;


    create_full_put_path  on;
    dav_access            group:rw  all:r;

  # Include SSOWAT user panel.
  include conf.d/yunohost_panel.conf.inc;

  1. Then i created directories mentionned in this webavconf,
mkdir /var/www/webdav
mkdir /var/www/webdav_client_temp
chmod 777 /var/www/webdav
chmod 777 /var/www/webdav_client_temp

Of course, these chmod are not satisfying, they should be restricted to yunohost users

  1. Then i edited the ssowat config to allow the connexion
    it is in /etc/ssowat/conf.json

in "permissions":, i added

        "webdav.main": {
            "auth_header": true,
            "label": "Webdav",
            "public": true,
            "show_tile": true,
            "uris": [
            "users": [
                "uilisateur2" (etc)

I restarted the nginx service
It works

I hope this can help

Maybe it would be convenient to transform this in a full Yunohost application.
Can somebody help?


+1 for the webdav application …

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+1 for the
webdav app