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WebDAV or Web Distributing Authoring and Versioning is an internet protocol that allows for direct connection to a cloud storage point.  This is different from Box Sync in that the user is connected directly to the storage point, as opposed to downloading copies from the storage point and syncing changes between the local copy and the storage point.  WebDAV takes up no space on the local computer because the user is working directly on the file or directory.

Box will deprecate WebDAV support effective  October 25, 2019.

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Before you connect, you must create an external password through the Box web interface.

  1. Open an internet browser and log on to
  2. Click on your name in the upper right corner. In the drop down, click on “Account Settings”
  3. In the Authentication section, click “Change Password”
  4. Create the external password.
    Note: It is advisable for this password to be different from your email password


To connect to WebDAV in Windows

  1. Open Windows Explorer by clicking the folder icon in the Taskbar
  2. Right click on "Computer" and select "Map Network Drive..." (In Windows 8 "Computer" is replaced by "This PC")
  3. A dialogue box will pop up.  Click the blue text at the bottom that says “Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures.”
  4. A network location wizard will pop up.  Click next.
  5. Click “Choose a custom network location” on the next screen and then click "Next"
  6. In the “Internet or network address:” field type in Alternatively, you can type in<specific folder or path> where you type in the exact folder name or path in Box you want to link to.
    For Example if there was a folder at the top level of my Box account called Dept-Share I would enter and it would connect me directly to that folder.  
  7. When prompted for your login credentials, type in your full UMBC email address (i.e. <your user name> and the external password you created earlier.
    Optional: Check the box that says “Remember my credentials.” Click OK.
  8. Windows will prompt you to name the new location. Type in a name for the location.  This can be anything, but it is best to make it as descriptive as possible to avoid confusion.
  9. Click finish.

You’ll notice that there is now a new location under Computer with the name you just assigned.  This operates almost identically to a shared drive and allows you to open, save, copy, paste, delete, etc. directly to your Box account. This is a great method for uploading large numbers of files or directories to your Box account or collaboration folders.


To connect to WebDAV in OS X

  1. Click on the Finder icon on your Dock.
  2. In the Menu bar, click the Go menu and at the bottom of the drop down, click Go to Server
  3. In the new dialogue box that appears, in the Server Address field type
    Optional: Click the plus button next to the Server Address field to add this location to your Favorites list.
  4. When prompted for your credentials, enter your full UMBC email address (i.e. <your user name> and the external password created above.
  5. Click Connect.

Your Box folders should now appear in Finder under a network drive. 

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