NGINX WebDav Module

While setting up a website you can face the need to build some complicated method of viewing and updating the information on the site. There are lots of solutions – using a local copy, using a combination of HTTP and FTP tools to download the original and upload the changes etc. But also as an easy solution you can use Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) which is available in CirrusGrid.

WebDAV is turning into an important tool which was invented in order to simplify the way you update websites.

Enabling WebDAV module for NGINX server #

  1. Click Config button for the server in your environment.

  2. In the /etc/nginx folder open the nginx.conf file. Modify configuration by adding the following strings as it is shown in the picture below:
    dav_ext_methods PROPFIND OPTIONS;

    nginx webdav module 1

  3. Save the changes and restart NGINX. Using nginx.conf file you can set any other configurations for WebDav module. Follow the link ( to find some additional useful information.

Setting up security configuration #

  1. Generate hash from your password. For that you can use any htpasswd tool or online service (for example,

  2. Create simple text file with previously generated hash.

  3. Click Config button for your NGINX server.

  4. Upload the created file to the /var/www/webroot/ROOT folder.

  5. In the /etc/nginx folder open the nginx.conf file. Add the following strings:
    auth_basic “Restricted area”;
    auth_basic_user_file /var/www/webroot/ROOT/.htpasswd;

    nginx webdav module 2

  6. Save the changes and restart NGINX.

Finally you can go to any WebDAV client. State there the host (also your credentials if you set up security configuration) and connect to the server. As a result you’ll see your files and will be able to edit them, update, add some new files etc.

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