Running Owncloud WebDAV with Nginx

Update: since Owncloud 5.0 the config below didn't work anymore. A slightly more complex config is needed. See this GIST:

Old info for pre 5.0 below.

Here is how I got OwnCloud's WebDAV feature to work in Nginx.

I use Nginx with dav-ext-module which provides support for OPTIONS and PROPFIND methods, but it works with plain http_dav_module, too. You do not need dav-ext-module, but if you're going to use it, you have to be very careful not to set dav_ext_methods in the root context, otherwhise the hole site's folder structure can be browsed with webdav. It's best to set the dav handler only on remote.php.

On my server, Owncloud is accessed at /owncloud along with Drupal7 in the root-context.

Note that the dav handler location has to be set before the \.php handler, because with Nginx the first ~ match wins.

server {
        ##common server settings

        root /srv/http;
        index index.php;

        #required for owncloud
        client_max_body_size 8M;
        create_full_put_path on;
        dav_access user:rw group:rw all:r;

        ##common rules here

        # Owncloud WebDAV
        location ~ /owncloud/remote.php/ {
                dav_methods PUT DELETE MKCOL COPY MOVE;
                dav_ext_methods PROPFIND OPTIONS;
                fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.+)$;
                fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
                include fastcgi_params;
                fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php-fpm/php-fpm.sock;

        location / {
                try_files $uri $uri/ @rewrite;
                expires max;

        location @rewrite {
                #some rules here for legacy stuff
                # Drupal7
                rewrite ^ /index.php last;

        # PHP handler
        location ~ \.php$ {
                fastcgi_pass   unix:/var/run/php-fpm/php-fpm.sock;
                fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_FILENAME  $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
                include        fastcgi_params;
                fastcgi_intercept_errors on;

        ##other common rules


On Debian, add backports repository then "apt-get install nginx-extras" to be able to use "dav_ext_methods".