A Django application for building WebDAV services

pip install davvy==0.1.1



A Django application for building WebDAV services.

Installation and Configuration

Just add 'davvy' in INSTALLED_APPS and set the directory where you want to store WebDAV files via the DAVVY_STORAGE_PATH settings option:

DAVVY_STORAGE_PATH = '/var/www/davvy'

Now you can start configuring your application's urls. Davvy is class-view based, so you can extend it by simply subclassing the WebDAV class (as an example the included CardDAV and CalDAV classes inherit from it).

The url regexp must obey to a simple rule:

from davvy.base import WebDAV
from davvy.addressbook import CardDAV
from davvy.calendar import CalDAV

urlpatterns = patterns('',

    url(r'^principals/(\w+)/(.*)', WebDAV.as_view(root='storage')),
    url(r'^storage/(\w+)/(.*)', WebDAV.as_view(root='storage')),
    url(r'^addressbook/(\w+)/(.*)', CardDAV.as_view(root='addressbook001')),
    url(r'^calendars/(\w+)/(.*)', CalDAV.as_view(root='calendars')),

    url(r'^admin/', include(admin.site.urls)),

As you can see, the second part of the url must always be catched, as it contains the username owning the resource you want to use.

/principals/foobar/ will be the base for the 'foobar' user, as well as /principals/foobar/photos/2014/summer/1.jpg will map to the /photos/2014/summer/1.jpg resource for the 'foobar' user.

/addressbook/foobar is instead the main storage for the CardDAV system (all of the collections will be automatically mapped to an addressbook resource).

The root parameter in the class-based-view arguments is required, and you can see it as the 'disk' containing collections and objects.

Internally, /principals/foobar/photos/2014/summer/1.jpg will be indeed mapped to storage/photos/2014/summer/1.jpg of the user foobar. The root directory is created for every user on-demand.

Davvy specific features

Resource protection

Protected resources won't be deleted by any of the client requests. You can mark protected resources by using, for instance, the Django Admin Interface.

Resource sharing

Resources can be shared among users. Specifically, you can assign resources to one or more groups. Then, those resources will be shared among every user belonging to the selected groups.

As an example, you could share one of your calendars with the group "bars". To do so, you only need to select "bars" among the groups of your calendar, in the Django admin interface, or anywhere else. That's it, refresh your client and voilà!

Home sets autodiscovery (required for iOS/OSX clients)

Moderns Dav clients automatically try to discover the home of specific resources.

As an example a CardDAV client could get the home of a principal (see it as a username in Dav slang) addressbook, asking for the addressbook-home-set property (with a PROPFIND request).

Davvy can be configured to return such path via Django settings.py:


Remember: davvy will automatically append /username to every home.

Thanks to this options you will be able to force your client to search for calendars in /calendars/foobar even if it has been configured for /principals/foobar.

Furthermore, Apple clients will sporadically send PROPFIND requests to your server root.

As a consequence, and in order to avoid unpleasant 404 errors, you could add to your urlpatterns the following lines:

from davvy.wellknown import WellKnownDAV

urlpatterns = patterns('',
    # ...
    # ...

Apple's custom autodiscovery

In addition to the home set requirements, Apple's clients can use a custom autodiscovery protocol to automatically locate WebDAV extensions specific home sets and services.

As a consequence, you'll be able to configure your client by only entering the server remote address, without caring about any of the home sets.

Davvy can be configured to correctly return the required protocol components to any Apple client by simply editing your urlpatterns as follows:

from davvy.wellknown import WellKnownDAV

urlpatterns = patterns('',
    # ...
    # ...

Client configuration

Client-side configuration largely varies.

As an example, we provide here some configuration samples to be used in OS X Mavericks (10.9) Calendar/Contacts and in Mozilla Thunderbird.

OS X Calendar

If you have enabled davvy's autodiscovery for Apple clients you can simply setup a CalDAV account as follows:

Account Type = Manual
User Name = foo
Password = bar
Server Address = www.yourserver.org

Otherwise, you should use the following configuration:

Account Type = Advanced
User Name = foo
Password = bar
Server Address = www.yourserver.org
Server Path = /calendars/foo
Port = 8080  ; or any port you want

OS X Contacts

If you have enabled davvy's autodiscovery for Apple clients you can simply setup a CardDAV account as follows:

Account Type = CardDAV
User Name = foo
Password = bar
Server Address = www.foo.org

Otherwise, your server address path should point to the specific user's addressbook: www.foo.org/addressbooks/foo/.

Note: the trailing slash in the server address is mandatory when running in HTTPS mode.

Mozilla Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird does not provide WebDAV support out-of-the-box, but provides service specific extensions.

As a consequence, to manage your CalDAV calendars you'll need to install the Lightning extension.

Then, you can add a new "on the network" CalDAV calendar. Lightning does not provide any form of service discovery. So, you'll need to enter the full calendar path in the location field: i.e.: http://remote:port/calendars/username/calendar_hash/.


This project makes use of the litmus tool for testing.