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Posted on February 14, 2013 by Dan Nanni 36 Comments

Box.com (previously Box.net ) is an online cloud st orage provider t arget ing bot h individual users
and ent erprise cust omers. Box.com users can access it s cloud st orage via web int erf ace or mult iplat f orm mobile client sof t ware.
As of writ ing, Box.com does not of f er a nat ive Linux client . T hankf ully, however, t hey make
available WebDAV servers which export your Box.com account as a WebDAV share, so you can
mount your Box.com account and access it via WebDAV over HT T P/HT T PS. Here are t wo
dif f erent ways t o mount Box.com account on Linux via WebDAV.
Mo unt Bo x.co m sto rage acco unt by Nautilus

You can mount and access your Box.com st orage account via Naut ilus -- f ile manager f or t he
GNOME deskt op. Open up Naut ilus, and click on "Connect t o Server" under "File" on it s menu.

T hen t ype in t he f ollowing server and user det ails.

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com cloud storage on Linux .html 2 / 16 . and select "Add Bookmark" menu.com account mount ed aut omat ically on Naut ilus.com account will be accessible on Naut ilus as f ollows. If you want t o have Box. T hat is.com/2013/02/how-to-mount-box-com-cloud-storage-on-linux.How to mount Box. you can use t he "bookmark" f eat ure of Naut ilus.com's WebDAV server. right -click on t he Box. http://xmodulo.Linux FAQ 7/17/14 Af t er you are successf ully connect ed t o a Box. your Box.com mount on Naut ilus.

com cloud storage on Linux . T o inst all davfs2 on Ubunt u.How to mount Box. Debian or Mint : $ sudo apt-get install davfs2 T o inst all davfs2 on Cent OS. simply click on t his bookmark.com account lat er. you will see t he saved bookmark on t he lef t t op corner of Naut ilus. In order t o re-mount your Box.Linux FAQ 7/17/14 Af t er bookmarking.com/2013/02/how-to-mount-box-com-cloud-storage-on-linux. Mo unt Bo x.html 3 / 16 .co m sto rage acco unt via davfs2 T he second met hod is t o use davfs2 (WebDAV Linux File Syst em) which enables you t o access a remot e WebDAV share via t radit ional f ile syst em int erf aces. RHEL or Fedora: http://xmodulo.

T hus you need t o disable f ile locks in t he davf s2 conf igurat ion f ile locat ed at /et c/davf s2/davf s2.com as a non-root user on CentOS.conf . if you want t o be able t o mount Box.com/2013/02/how-to-mount-box-com-cloud-storage-on-linux. RHEL or Fedora Simply run t he f ollowing command.How to mount Box.com T he WebDAV share export ed by Box.Linux FAQ 7/17/14 $ sudo yum install davfs2 Next . Ubuntu or Mint Reconf igure davfs2 by using dpkg-reconfigure as f ollows.com's WebDAV share as a non-root regular user.conf use_locks 0 In addit ion. $ sudo vi /etc/davfs2/davfs2.html 4 / 16 . $ sudo usermod -a -G davfs2 xmodulo Mount Box. click on "Yes" but t on.com does not support f ile locks. Mount Box. Ot herwise. add yourself t o a Linux group called "davf s2". Af t er t his.com as a non-root user on Debian. f ollow t he dist ro-specif ic procedure below. you will encount er "Input /out put error" while at t empt ing t o creat e a f ile.com cloud storage on Linux . $ mkdir ~/box. $ sudo usermod -a -G davfs2 xmodulo http://xmodulo. creat e a local mount point . $ sudo dpkg-reconfigure davfs2 At t he dpkg-reconfigure screen (as shown below).

run t hese: $ mount https://dav.com Documents lost+found Photos Videos http://xmodulo. Username: my_email@address.com/dav 25% /boot 50% /home/xmodulo/box.com/dav /home/xmodulo/box. Password: If you do not want t o t ype in username/password every t ime you mount .How to mount Box.box.user. $ chmod 600 ~/.box.com/dav my_email@address.com Please enter the username to authenticate with server https://dav.davfs2/secrets https://dav.com account by running mount command as a regular user. add t he f ollowing t o /et c/f st ab. $ mount box.Linux FAQ 7/17/14 Once you have f ollowed t he above dist ro-specif ic inst ruct ion.com $ ls ~/box.noexec.box.us er=xmodulo) $ df Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/mapper/ubuntu-root 953024420 131576980 773036612 15% / udev tmpfs none 4008844 1607344 5120 4 908 0 4008840 1606436 5120 1% /dev 1% /run 0% /run/lock none none 4018352 102400 1408 28 4016944 102372 1% /run/shm 1% /run/user 233191 26666664 53518 13333332 167232 13333332 /dev/sda1 https://dav.box.com with server https://dav.com type davfs (rw. ent er your Box. When asked f or username and password.nodev.com my_box_com_password T o verif y t hat mount was successf ul.com cloud storage on Linux .box.com login credent ial inf ormat ion in t he f ollowing f ile.com Please enter the password to authenticate user my_email@address.nosuid.box.com/dav on /home/xmodulo/box.davfs2/secrets $ vi ~/. T he "user" opt ion allows you t o mount Box. Replace "/home/xmodulo/box. put your Box.com/dav or hit enter for none. https://dav.html 5 / 16 .com as an unprivileged non-root user.com/dav or hit enter for none._netdev.com davfs rw.noauto 0 0 Now you can go ahead and mount your Box.com" wit h your own mount point .com account username/password.com/2013/02/how-to-mount-box-com-cloud-storage-on-linux.

share t his art icle on your social net work.Linux FAQ 7/17/14 T o umount Box.input /out put and permission errors while copying mult ile f iles t o t he mount ed box. 2013 at 1:43 pm said: Reply I've got a problem wit h t he solut ion described -.davfs (pid 6824) synchronizes the cache . t hanks f or a good art icle. (See ht t p://www. and we will deliver our Linux post s st raight t o your email box. 2013 at 3:17 pm said: Reply T hanks f or point ing t hat out ! Post has been updat ed t o add t his inf o. detailed tutorials and tips published at Xmodulo? Ent er your email address below.com/main-art icles/538-resolve-input out put -error-when-t rying-t o-writ e-t owebdav-davf s2-mount -like-boxnet -on-linux ) T hus.. Delivery powered by Google Feedburner. Anyway.com cloud storage on Linux . Andrea Grandi on May 16.com /sbin/umount. Dan Nanni on April 22. Anyway I've your http://xmodulo.html 6 / 16 .t het echrepo. f or f ree. Your email address Subscribe Share this FAQ: Like 74 T weet 20 Share 4 No relat ed FAQ. I've f ollowed t hese inst ruct ions and everyt hing is working f ine.com doesn't support f ile locks.com account : $ umount box. 2013 at 3:04 pm said: Reply Hi.com cloud storage on Linux” Andrii on April 22. use_locks 0 line should be added int o /et c/davf s2.How to mount Box. OK If you f ind t his art icle usef ul.davfs: waiting while mount. Catego ries: Clo ud Services Tags: bo x 36 thoughts on “How to mount Box.conf . It t urns out t hat box. Subscribe to Xmo dulo Do you want t o receive Linux FAQs.com f ilesyst em.com/2013/02/how-to-mount-box-com-cloud-storage-on-linux.

com dashboard I st ill have all 25Gb available.198:443 ESTABLISHED 2861/mount Boriscat on July 14.184. 2013 at 3:33 am said: Reply It is because df is get t ing f ake space inf o f rom davf s2.1.com WebDAV server probably does not implement t hat f eat ure. WebDAV server must export "used byt es" and "available byt es" propert ies (e.How to mount Box.com/dav 26666664 13333332 13333332 50% /home/andrea/box.html 7 / 16 . In order f or davf s2 t o report available space correct ly. Box.com/2013/02/how-to-mount-box-com-cloud-storage-on-linux.g. But some applicat ions (e.g.com cloud storage on Linux . davf s2 cannot calculat e t he f ree disk space on t he server. and it worked f ine unt ill I reboot ed. Can you at least browse t he mount ed f older? Also please check if t he f ollowing command give you somet hing like t he f ollowing. Do I need t o remount it everyt ime I reboot ? http://xmodulo.com I really do NOT have 50% space t aken :) If I go on my Box." Robert on May 24. 2013 at 4:15 pm said: Reply Hi.com's WebDAV server properly. 2013 at 4:16 am said: Reply I used your 1st met hod t o access my box account .168.davfs 0 0 192. However I cannot open any f iles or copy any f ile f rom t he mount ed f older. see RFC4331). How can I gain f ull access? Might be on boxes end? Rob Dan Nanni on May 24. I t ried t o make t he numbers look f unny.3:52776 74. t hen it was gone. Eit her get a no such f ile or direct ory or permission denied error.box. $ sudo net st at -nap | grep davf s tcp . So davf s can't help but lie. So I have f ollowed your inst ruct ions.112.. How can I f ix t hat ? Dan Nanni on May 17.Linux FAQ 7/17/14 same problem when I execut e df : ht t ps://www. so you will not ice t hey are f aked. 2013 at 5:25 pm said: Reply You might not be connect ed t o Box. From davf s2 README: "If t he server does not support RFC 4331 (most servers don't ). naut ilus) insist on t his.

Linux FAQ Dan Nanni on July 16. Elvis (@elvispm83) on August 3.com SC on Oct ober 18. at worst I'll do a rsync -delet e on t he t wo direct ories. Well. 2013 at 12:22 am said: Reply I do t his as well.com easily via t he bookmark.com/dav".davf s2/secret s cat /et c/init /box. CJ on Sept ember 21.com mount on Naut ilus. except I use konqueror.How to mount Box. Fletch Hasues on August 17.04 t hat will aut omount t he above conf ig if password and username saved in ~/. as on Oct ober 31. I'll t est how sync works as I have a copy of all t he f iles locally.davf s2/secret s I'm get t ing t his: No such f ile or direct ory http://xmodulo.html 8 / 16 . in gnome-3 t he "connect t o server" screen changed a lot . I manged t o writ e a f ile inside. 2013 at 4:57 am said: Reply Cont ent s of new upst art st yle init f ile f or ubunt u 13.com/2013/02/how-to-mount-box-com-cloud-storage-on-linux. Please ref er t o t he updat ed post above f or more det ail. 2013 at 2:48 pm said: Reply at f irst glance it works like a charm. so t hat you can re-mount Box. and how long t o cache t hem. 2013 at 8:24 am said: Reply on t his command chmod 600 ~/. 2013 at 12:23 am said: Reply Good t o know webdav is support ed by konqueror. you will be prompt ed f or credent ials. use "davs://www.box.com cloud storage on Linux . Dan Nanni on August 17. 2013 at 12:26 am said: 7/17/14 Reply What you can do is t o "bookmark" t he Box.conf ---------------------Cont ent s Below--------------------------st art on runlevel [2345] st op on shut down respawn exec sudo -H -n -u xmodulo /bin/mount /home/xmodulo/box. 2013 at 6:53 pm said: Reply FYI.

davf s2/secret s. 2013 at 10:09 pm said: Reply It seems t hat f rom November 22nd 2013.box. but I am reluct ant t o change (as I'm not sure where t hey came f rom): http://xmodulo. So f irst t ry mount ing box.com wit hout set t ing username/password.davf s2/secret s is generat ed.davf s2 may not exist yet . Any idea? T IA.How to mount Box.com/dav only ret urns a blank page.com).com f or t he f irst t ime. t hen go ahead and modif y ~/. When I t ry t o mount ( mount box. Now in t rying t o look at somet hing on my box.html 9 / 16 . Post has been updat ed. 2013 at 6:13 pm said: Reply Ubunt u 12. 2013 at 7:02 pm said: Reply Can anyone log int o box.com cloud storage on Linux . I have re-t raced t he st eps.com/dav inst ead Dan Nanni on November 27. aladin on November 23. 2013 at 3:30 am said: Reply T hanks f or t he heads up. and f ound 2 t hings t hat appear t o be dif f erent . I f ind it will not mount .box.box. af t er ent ering creds.com/2013/02/how-to-mount-box-com-cloud-storage-on-linux. I get : /sbin/mount .04 64-bit I had f ollowed t hese direct ions several mont hs ago.davf s: Mount ing f ailed.com/dav t o ht t ps://dav.com/dav Chuck on November 26.box. 2013 at 3:31 am said: Reply T hey changed t he DAV endpoint f rom ht t ps://www.Linux FAQ 7/17/14 any suggest ions? Dan Nanni on Oct ober 31.com mount . ~/. Dan Nanni on November 27. ht t ps://www. 2013 at 10:27 pm said: Reply Use: ht t ps://dav. Is t here anot her solut ion or workaround? aladin on November 23. 404 not f ound. Once ~/. Naut ilus just t hrows error "Unhandled error message: HT T P Error: Not Found". t his is not working anymore. 2013 at 2:40 pm said: Reply If you are t rying t o mount box. and was able t o get t his t o work f lawlessly.com using dav in Naut ilus? I can't . jangkrik on November 24.

user-level).php?id=23946 t hanks in advance (I will f ollow up if I f ind an answer elsewhere) Adam on December 19. See t he above reply and updat ed art icle.com] use_locks 0 # f rom ht t p://xmodulo..10. Sorry f or t he 'f alse alarm' and t hanks f or t he quick and kind response! Graeme Donaldson on December 11. Do you know if it is possible t o use t his wit h a "single sign-on" account .com/dav 50G 17M 50G 1% /home/graeme/box.html Reply 10 / 16 . T hanks in advance! Dan Nanni on November 27.ht ml So I'm not sure why/where it is f ailing.com . syst em-wide).t hat was User Error 101 (t he User being me!). I see t hat t he set t ing f or user_locks has been placed in a 'sect ion' apparent ly specif ic t o box. Working perf ect ly on Ubunt u 13.davf s2/davf s2. and it had a syst em-wide set t ing (user_locks) t hat I had t o comment out due t o a dif f erent error (syst em-wide set t ing in user conf ig f ile) 2.I may have done t his but I don't see it in t he inst ruct ions here. t his is very usef ul. and I doubt I was ent erprising enough t o look specif ically f or how t o limit t his t o a specif ic mount point .conf f ile (e.Linux FAQ 7/17/14 1. 2013 at 5:58 am said: Circumvent ing SSO is simple enough.com Filesyst em Size Used Avail Use% Mount ed on ht t ps://dav.. 2013 at 6:33 pm said: Reply T hanks.. FWIW it seems like t hey are now report ing usage properly: graeme@graeme-lapt op:~$ df -h box.conf (e.it 's been a f ew mont hs since I've t ried t o access anyt hing t hrough it (t hough I did verif y t hat my account creds w/box. 2013 at 3:33 am said: Reply You are not alone.edu/campus-shared-services/page. Chuck on November 27. I don't see t hat ref erenced here.How to mount Box.com cloud storage on Linux .com/2013/02/how-t o-mount -box-com-cloud-st orage-onlinux. T hey changed t heir DAV endpoint .g.g.berkeley.com are t he same). 2013 at 9:29 pm said: Reply I JUST now saw t hat . 2013 at 2:57 pm said: Reply T hanks f or t he inst ruct ions. T he sect ion is: [~/box.com Adam on December 17..com/2013/02/how-to-mount-box-com-cloud-storage-on-linux. in t he /et c/davf s2/davf s2. just go under your account and http://xmodulo. or what changed t o make it not work . such as when your employer provides access t hrough t heir own syst em? f or example: ht t ps://kb.box. I have a ~/.

2013 at 4:15 am said: Reply I t hink you can simply repeat t he process f or every user on t he host . My quest ion is how can I connect more t han one box.box.com/dav /home/user1/box. Indeed t he new point is import ant : ht t ps://dav. 2013 at 6:03 am said: Reply Here are t he relevant inst ruct ions on t he Box help pages: ht t ps://support .html 11 / 16 ..noauto 0 0 https://dav.box.. t he ent erprise account can be accessed wit hout SSO.com/hc/en-us/art icles/200519748-Does-Box-support -WebDAVmarcnz on December 30. and if I can't get it t o work I'll probably t ry a FT P approach.user.box.com account s t o t he *same* Ubunt u user? For each of my box.davf s2/secret s and a "ht t ps://dav. How t o have mult iple ent ries in /et c/f st ab and /et c/davf s2/secret s t o perf orm t his act ion? Great t hread :) T hank you.box.com my_box_com_password" line t o ~/. 2013 at 3:59 am said: Reply I am glad I f ound t his post .box. Dan Nanni on December 30.noauto 0 0 T hen have each user st ore t heir Box password in his/her own home direct ory: $ vi ~/. 2014 at 10:59 pm said: Reply Any idea how t o connect mult iple box.com davfs rw. Allow t hem t o mount : $ sudo usermod -a -G davfs2 user1 $ sudo usermod -a -G davfs2 user2 Edit /et c/f st ab: https://dav.box.com/dav which lead t o t he 404 Not f ound error.com acct s I've added a "ht t ps://dav.user. Af t er t hat . Unf ort unat ely.com cloud storage on Linux .com/dav davf s rw.com/2013/02/how-to-mount-box-com-cloud-storage-on-linux.box.com account s in t he same comput er? I would like t o provide t he box. t ech support (bot h at Box and our in-house t echnicians) did not t ell me about t his solut ion.How to mount Box.com account f or every user.davfs2/secrets Jack on April 6. I don't know a way t o t ell davf s2 which mount ed f older f rom f st ab corresponds t o which line in http://xmodulo.com/dav my_email@address.com/dav inst ead of t he previous ht t ps://www.com davfs rw.user. t hey just said "box does not support sync on linux". I'll t ry t his WebDAV approach. Adam on December 19.com/dav /home/user1/box.noaut o 0 0" line t o f st ab.Linux FAQ 7/17/14 "creat e ext ernal password".

f irst t ime.com/2013/02/how-to-mount-box-com-cloud-storage-on-linux. e. 2014 at 11:36 am said: Reply Excellent descript ion t hat worked seamlessly. davf s2 just mount s it t o t he box acct whose login inf o is t he last (f urt hest down) ent ry on t he secret s list . ht t ps://dav. For every mount ed f older.box. 2014 at 3:28 am said: Reply T hanks f or t he guide.com account . 2014 at 4:05 am said: Reply How do you do met hod # 1. e. Does it wait f or t he sync t o complet e whilst unmount ing t he pat h (which would be in about t wo days f or me). 2014 at 6:46 pm said: Reply I just want ed t o say t hanks f or writ ing t his guide.I don't want t o t ry it on t his sync! aaron on March 30. tink on May 8. (connect t o server) when using Dolphin (KDE users)? riban on January 26. I not ice t hat you can mount subdirect ories of your Box.g. I also not iced t hat copying large amount s of dat a appears t o complet e (much) sooner t han it act ually does. I don't know what happens if t he local host is t urned of f part way t hrough. I managed t o connect my box account in KDE over kubunt u 12. Usef ul but somet hing t o be aware of . cp ~/pict ures/* ~/box.How to mount Box.com/pict ures ret urned t o a command line prompt in a f ew minut es but t he 12GB of f iles are cont inuing t o be copied (sync'd) in t he background. 2014 at 7:58 am said: Reply T hanks f or post ing t his. T his allows you t o mount dif f erent f olders on you Box.Linux FAQ 7/17/14 secret s. it made set t ing up t he command-line version a breeze.com/dav/pict ures. maybe t o allow dif f erent users t o access dif f erent f olders or t o limit access t o t he f iles st ored on Box. I f ollowed your f irst solut ion and conf igured my box account in dolphin f ile manager wit hout any issues! Dave on January 24.g. T hanks in advance f or any ideas you might have T ushar on January 9. While it mount s like a charm and I can happily open/read f iles I have an odd issue http://xmodulo. hence delaying power-of f ? Does it st op copying (syncing)? Does it leave t runcat ed (part ially copied) f iles? Who knows .04 wit hout any issue.com. I got it working wit h davf s2 wit hout a problem.com account by adding t heir pat h t o t he mount source pat h. t hough.html 12 / 16 .com cloud storage on Linux .

f ound a way t o get around t he issue? jay on July 7.but t hat 's so t edious. « How t o uninst all and remove Apache2 on Ubunt u or Debian How t o add or remove a st at ic ARP ent ry on Linux » http://xmodulo. so is losing t he f ile.html 13 / 16 . Notify me of new posts by email. If I edit it . which kind of makes it point less :( Download via web-int erf ace f ollowed by uploading a new version works as expect ed . :) Has anyone experienced similar issues.Linux FAQ 7/17/14 wit h a keepass DB f ile. I can reproduce t he behaviour. even bet t er.com cloud storage on Linux . And pressing ent er does not hing. Required f ields are marked * Name * Email * Website Comment Post Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. and ends up in my "T rash" in t he web-int erf ace. So I am st uck and can't get t o where I can edit my f st ab f ile t o remove t hat line. Unf ort unat ely. now when I rest art t he server I am prompt ed t o ent er my box username on t he server t erminal at st art up but it won't let me ent er anyt hing. Mind you. and t he work t hat went int o it . but can't st op it f rom happening. 2014 at 2:13 am said: Reply I went t hrough t hese direct ions and made t he changes t o my server. and save it it disappears af t er a while. What can I do? Leave a co mment Your email address will not be published.How to mount Box. or.com/2013/02/how-to-mount-box-com-cloud-storage-on-linux.

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