Mac OS and WebDAV

WebDAV and MacOS X 10.4 and later

The Mac OS X Finder supports WebDAV connections beginning with OS X 10.4 (Tiger).

Initial Configuration

First you should change your system’s configuration. There are two ways to accomplish this, changing a setting with Terminal or installing a new preference panel.

In Terminal run:

defaults write DSDontWriteNetworkStores true

Or use TinkerTool to change this setting for you. In TinkerTool, select Finder, then check the box next to Don’t create hidden .DS_Store files over a network connection.

Whichever method you choose, you will only have to perform this operation once on each machine.

Accessing Your Site

Within the OS X Finder’s menu (click anywhere on the desktop to change to it), select Go. Then choose Connect to Server. Enter your WebDAV address.

You can click the + symbol next to the Server Address field to save this as a favorite server.

WebDAV and MacOS X 10.3 and earlier

To edit your site using a Mac X 10.3 and earlier, you must download and install the WebDAV client Goliath from

Accessing Your Site

  1. Open Goliath.
    The New WebDAV Connection window appears.
  2. Enter your website information into the window.
    1. In the URL text box, enter your site’s WebDAV address. Make sure that the URL begins with https://
    2. In the User Name text box enter your BearPass login and domain (ex: ab12@sgf).
    3. In the Password text box enter your Missouri State password.
  3. Click the OK button.
    Your website opens.
  4. To make changes to your website, you must first drag a copy to your desktop, make your desired changes, and then drag the files or folders back into your website window.
    Note: When you replace files that already exist in your website, you will need to refresh the window.