Nextcloud is a handy self hosted web-based application that can be used to store files, contacts and calendars. It provides the desktop and mobile client. In addition, it supports Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning protocol, so lets mount a WebDAV share.
Install required software
davfs2 package to mount WebDAV resource as regular file system.
$ sudo apt-get install davfs2
Mount WebDAV share using command-line
Create the mountpoint directory.
$ sudo mkdir /mnt/dav
mount command to mount the WebDAV share.
$ sudo mount -t davfs -o noexec https://nextcloud.example.com/remote.php/webdav/ /mnt/dav/
Please enter the username to authenticate with server https://nextcloud.example.com/remote.php/webdav/ or hit enter for none. Username: milo Please enter the password to authenticate user milosz with server https://nextcloud.example.com/remote.php/webdav/ or hit enter for none. Password: /sbin/mount.davfs: warning: the server does not support lock
umount command to unmount the WebDAV share.
$ sudo umount /mnt/dav /sbin/umount.davfs: waiting while mount.davfs (pid 1475) synchronizes the cache .. OK
Mount WebDAV share using fstab
fstab entry to allow the specified user to mount the filesystem.
$ cat << EOF | sudo tee -a /etc/fstab # personal webdav https://nextcloud.example.com/remote.php/webdav/ /mnt/dav davfs _netdev,noauto,user,uid=milosz,gid=milosz 0 0 EOF
Store username and password for the remote WebDAV share.
$ cat << EOF | sudo tee -a /etc/davfs2/secrets # personal webdav, nextcloud application password /mnt/dav milosz mypassword # older versions used URL, it is equivalent for compatibility reasons #https://nextcloud.example.com/remote.php/webdav/ milosz mypassword EOF
You can mount the above-mentioned WebDAV share using
$ sudo mount /mnt/dav
If you try to mount it as regular user and encounter the following error, then you need to set
SUID bit on the
$ mount /mnt/dav /sbin/mount.davfs: program is not setuid root
dpkg-reconfigure to reconfigure
davfs2 package, set the
SUID bit and allow unprivileged users to mount WebDAV resources.
$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure davfs2
In addition, user must be a member of the
$ mount /mnt/dav /sbin/mount.davfs: user milosz must be member of group davfs2
Use the following command to add specified user to required group.
$ sudo usermod -a -G davfs2 milosz