Mac OS X Server supports WebDAV and allows iPhones/iPads to connect, store and retrieve files.

While Mac OS X can access WebDAV servers from the Finder using "Connect to Server" (Command+K) attempting to connect to the root of a Mac OS X server or any other assumed location results in an error:

There was a problem connecting to the server “theserver.domain.com”.
Check the server name or IP address, and then try again. If you continue to have problems, contact your system administrator

I can only guess that there is some special URL/URI that is necessary but what?

  • What version of OS are you running on the server?
    – grg
    Commented Sep 10, 2016 at 11:06
  • macOS 10.12.1, was 10.12.0 at the point of this post
    – Cerniuk
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 18:54

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Here is how it partially works.

The server's WebDAV interface is presented from a virtual directory "webdav". If your server is at


then the beginning of your WebDAV access starts at:


This will typically be your "home folder" if the server is setup to offer users home folders.

And while it does not represent your actual directory structure , all other shared volumes are tacked on to the end of that. So if you mark a folder as shared with "WebDAV" thusly:

WebDAV Shared Folder

then the access would be:



  • URI is case sensitive
  • username aliases are not respected, you must use the "short name" for login, even from the Mac OS X Finder's friendly login dialog
  • Wiki storage access with WebDAV ... still not clear on the URI

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