How Are WebDav and DropBox Related
WebDav is a file transfer protocol like FTP or SFTP, but has gained particularly popularity in the Linux community. WebDav is just a transfer protocol, while DropBox is the cloud server on which you can store files. WebDav is one of the ways you can send and retrieve files to your DropBox account directly.
DropBox Does Not Support WebDav
DropBox does not formally support WebDav. Don’t believe us? Well, here’s what they’re saying:
WebDAV, email attachments, and FTP access is not on the current feature roadmap, and likely won’t be for the foreseeable future.
As of Spring 2019, we have linked the following post which showcases DropBox’s lack of support for WebDav or FTP https://help.dropbox.com/desktop-web/webdav-or-ftp
How to Connect WebDav to DropBox
Since WebDav connections are not formally supported by a DropBox server, you have a few options to connect your WebDav-enabled apps to DropBox.
You could spend countless hours of development time and headaches working through the WebDav official spec and write your own fully-compliant WebDav server. After that you’d need to create a DropBox application in their developer. Then you’d probably spend another set of countless hours connecting, testing, and securing your connections from your custom WebDav server to DropBox.
If DropBox updates their API at some point, you’ll need to upgrade your integration as well. So, make sure to subscribe to DropBox’s Twitter, Blog, and Development newsletter to ensure the changes don’t sneak up on you while you’re busy running your business- when those changes DO happen (and yes, they always eventually do), you’re going to want to have a brand new integration ready, tested, and secured.
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