Linux - Ubuntu

In this manual, we will show you how to configure and use the Radboud Data Repository (RDR) on Linux Ubuntu. We chose Ubuntu since it is the most commonly-used desktop distribution of Linux. However, other desktop distributions of Linux have similar ways of configuring the WebDAV client. This manual explains how to configure the RDR via the file manager. If you prefer a command-line based approach, we suggest using Cadaver. When using Cadaver, use the WebDAV URL (Open access) or (OA for Registered Users, Restricted access and Reviewer access) to connect to the server.

If you encounter problems or errors when downloading data, you can contact the ICT helpdesk (email:, telephone: 0031 (0)24 3622222).

Step 1: Create a connection to the RDR

  1. Open the file manager

  2. Click on + Other Locations on the left of your screen

  3. At the bottom of the screen under Connect to Server enter:

    Open access: davs:// or enter the specific WebDAV URL of the collection you are downloading that starts with davs://

    OA for Registered Users, Restricted access and Reviewer access: davs:// or enter the specific WebDAV URL of the collection you are downloading that starts with davs://


Step 2: Enter your credentials

Open access: You are not prompted with a screen asking for your credentials; you can skip this step and directly access the folder.

OA for Registered Users and Restricted access: Fill in your data access credentials. You can find these credentials on the top right of the RDR under [Your name] > Data access credentials. Next, click Connect

Reviewer access: Use the anonymous username and password of the data access account assigned to you when you followed the reviewer URL. These credentials can be found on the top right of your screen under the pseudonym reviewer of [collection name] > Data access credentials. There is no need to create an account to review a collection in the RDR. Next, click Connect

Optional: Check the box Remember password until you log out

In order to open and download data from the RDR collection, simply view or copy files from the folder in your Linux file manager. Steps 3 and 4 will instruct you on how to do this.

Step 3: Open your RDR collection

The name of the folder of a collection is based on the collection identifier. This identifier can be found in the RDR underneath the title and abstract.


The collection identifier consists of the following parts:


These parts correspond to the folder structure in the Linux file manager (i.e. first the organisational unit and then the last part of the collection identifier).

Step 4: Work in Ubuntu file manager

You are currently in the folder that corresponds to the collection you want to view or download. You can open or copy the files in this folder just as you would do in ‘regular’ folders. Note that you cannot edit the files in the webdav folder: changes are not saved.