Command Line Interface

This section describes how to use WsgiDAV from the command line.

The WsgiDAV server was tested with these platforms

  • Mac OS X 10.9 - 10.13
  • Ubuntu 13 - 16
  • Windows (Win 7 - 10, Vista, XP)

To serve the /tmp folder as WebDAV / share, simply run:

$ wsgidav --host= --port=80 --root=/tmp --auth=anonymous
2019-01-03 20:47:52.034 - INFO    :  WsgiDAV/3.0.0a8 Python/3.7.0 Darwin-18.2.0-x86_64-i386-64bit
2019-01-03 20:47:52.034 - INFO    :  Lock manager:      LockManager(LockStorageDict)
2019-01-03 20:47:52.034 - INFO    :  Property manager:  None
2019-01-03 20:47:52.034 - INFO    :  Domain controller: SimpleDomainController()
2019-01-03 20:47:52.034 - INFO    :  Registered DAV providers by route:
2019-01-03 20:47:52.035 - INFO    :    - '/:dir_browser': FilesystemProvider for path '/Users/martin/prj/git/wsgidav/wsgidav/dir_browser/htdocs' (Read-Only) (anonymous)
2019-01-03 20:47:52.035 - INFO    :    - '/': FilesystemProvider for path '/tmp' (Read-Write) (anonymous)
2019-01-03 20:47:52.035 - WARNING :  Basic authentication is enabled: It is highly recommended to enable SSL.
2019-01-03 20:47:52.035 - WARNING :  Share '/' will allow anonymous write access.
2019-01-03 20:47:52.035 - WARNING :  Share '/:dir_browser' will allow anonymous read access.
2019-01-03 20:47:52.042 - INFO    :  Running WsgiDAV/3.0.0a8 Cheroot/6.5.4.dev43+gab92fb97 Python/3.7.0
2019-01-03 20:47:52.042 - INFO    :  Serving on ...


Here, WsgiDAV will publish the folder for anonymous access. Read Configuration how to set up authentication.

CLI Options

Use the --help or -h argument to get help:

$ wsgidav --help
usage: wsgidav [-h] [-p PORT] [-H HOST] [-r ROOT_PATH]
              [--auth {anonymous,nt,pam-login}]
              [--server {paste,gevent,cheroot,cherrypy,ext-wsgiutils,flup-fcgi,flup-fcgi_fork,wsgiref}]
              [--ssl-adapter {builtin,pyopenssl}] [-v | -q]
              [-c CONFIG_FILE | --no-config] [-V]

Run a WEBDAV server to share file system folders.


  Share filesystem folder '/temp' for anonymous access (no config file used):
    wsgidav --port=80 --host= --root=/temp --auth=anonymous

  Run using a specific configuration file:
    wsgidav --port=80 --host= --config=~/my_wsgidav.yaml

  If no config file is specified, the application will look for a file named
  'wsgidav.yaml' in the current directory.
  for some explanation of the configuration file format.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -p PORT, --port PORT  port to serve on (default: 8080)
  -H HOST, --host HOST  host to serve from (default: localhost). 'localhost' is only accessible from the local computer. Use to make your application public
  -r ROOT_PATH, --root ROOT_PATH
                        path to a file system folder to publish as share '/'.
  --auth {anonymous,nt,pam-login}
                        quick configuration of a domain controller when no config file is used
  --server {paste,gevent,cheroot,cherrypy,ext-wsgiutils,flup-fcgi,flup-fcgi_fork,wsgiref}
                        type of pre-installed WSGI server to use (default: cheroot).
  --ssl-adapter {builtin,pyopenssl}
                        used by 'cheroot' server if SSL certificates are configured (default: builtin).
  -v, --verbose         increment verbosity by one (default: 3, range: 0..5)
  -q, --quiet           decrement verbosity by one
                        configuration file (default: ('wsgidav.yaml', 'wsgidav.json', 'wsgidav.conf') in current directory)
  --no-config           do not try to load default ('wsgidav.yaml', 'wsgidav.json', 'wsgidav.conf')
  -V, --version         print version info and exit (may be combined with --verbose)

Licensed under the MIT license.
See for additional information.

Use a Configuration File

Much more options are available when a configuration file is specified.

See also