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The oCIS frontend service starts all services that handle incoming HTTP requests:

  • ocdav for ownCloud flavoured WebDAV
  • ocs for sharing, user provisioning, capabilities and other OCS API endpoints
  • datagateway for up and downloads
  • TODO: ocm
GET /data/<transfer_token>
GET /da...
PROPFIND /webdav
POST /ocs/v1/apps/files_sharing/api/v1/shares
POST /o...
storage home | users | ...
storage home | users | ...
GET target URL extracted from transfer token (JWT)
GET tar...
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The ocdav service not only handles all WebDAV requests under (remote.php/)(web)dav but also some other legacy endpoints like status.php:

endpoint service CS3 api CS3 namespace description TODO
ownCloud 10 / current ocis setup:
status.php ocdav - - currently static should return compiled version and dynamic values
(remote.php/)webdav ocdav storageprovider /home the old webdav endpoint
(remote.php/)dav/files/<username> ocdav storageprovider /home the new webdav endpoint
(remote.php/)dav/meta/<fileid>/v ocdav storageprovider id based versions
(remote.php/)dav/trash-bin/<username> ocdav recycle - trash should aggregate the trash of storage spaces the user has access to
(remote.php/)dav/public-files/<token> ocdav storageprovider /public/<token> public links
(remote.php/)dav/avatars/<username> ocdav - - avatars, hardcoded look up from user provider and cache
CernBox setup:
(remote.php/)webdav ocdav storageprovider /
Note: existing folder sync pairs in legacy clients will break when moving the user home down in the path hierarchy
(remote.php/)webdav/home ocdav storageprovider /home
(remote.php/)webdav/users ocdav storageprovider /users
(remote.php/)dav/files/<username> ocdav storageprovider /users/<userlayout>
Spaces concept also needs a new endpoint:
(remote.php/)dav/spaces/<spaceid>/<relative_path> ocdav storageregistry & storageprovider bypass path based namespace and directly talk to the responsible storage provider using a relative path spaces concept needs to point to storage spaces or a global endpoint allow accessing spaces, listing is done by the graph api

The correct endpoint for a users home storage space in oc10 is remote.php/dav/files/<username>. In oc10 All requests at this endpoint use a path based reference that is relative to the users home. In oCIS this can be configured and defaults to /home as well. Other API endpoints like ocs and the web UI still expect this to be the users home.

In oc10 we originally had remote.php/webdav which would render the current users home storage space. The early versions (pre OC7) would jail all received shares into a remote.php/webdav/shares subfolder. The semantics for syncing such a folder are not trivially predictable, which is why we made shares freely mountable anywhere in the users home.

The current reva implementation jails shares into a remote.php/webdav/Shares folder for performance reasons. Obviously, this brings back the special semantics for syncing. In the future we will follow a different solution and jail the received shares into a dedicated /shares space, on the same level as /home and /spaces. We will add a dedicated API to list all storage spaces a user has access to and where they are mounted in the users namespace.

Existing folder sync pairs in legacy clients will break when moving the user home down in the path hierarchy like CernBox did. For legacy clients the remote.php/webdav endpoint will no longer list the users home directly, but instead present the different types of storage spaces:

  • remote.php/webdav/home: the users home is pushed down into a new home storage space
  • remote.php/webdav/shares: all mounted shares will be moved to a new shares storage space
  • remote.php/webdav/spaces: other storage spaces the user has access to, e.g. group or project drives
An alternative would be to introduce a new remote.php/dav/spaces or remote.php/dav/global endpoint. However, remote.php/dav properly follows the WebDAV RFCs strictly. To ensure that all resources under that namespace are scoped to the user the URL would have to include the principal like remote.php/dav/spaces/<username>, a precondition for e.g. WebDAV RFC5397. For a history lesson start at Replace WebDAV with REST owncloud/core#12504 which spawned Add extra layer in DAV to accomodate for other services like versions, trashbin, etc owncloud/core#12543


The OCS Share API endpoint /ocs/v1.php/apps/files_sharing/api/v1/shares returns shares, which have their own share id and reference files using a path relative to the users home. They API also lists the numeric storage id as well as the string type storage_id (which is confusing … but yeah) which would allow constructing combined references with a storage space id and a path relative to the root of that storage space. The web UI however assumes that it can take the path from the file_target and append it to the users home to access it.

The API already returns the storage id (and numeric id) in addition to the file id:


Creating shares only takes the path as the argument so creating and navigating shares only needs the path. When you update or delete a share it takes the share id not the file id.

The OCS service makes a stat request to the storage provider to get a ResourceInfo object. It contains both, a ResourceId and an absolute path. If the resource exists a request is sent to the gateway. Depending on the type of share the Collaboration API, the Link API or the Open Cloud Mesh API endpoints are used.

API Request Resource identified by Grant type Further arguments
Collaboration CreateShareRequest ResourceInfo ShareGrant -
Link CreatePublicShareRequest ResourceInfo Link Grant We send the public link name in the ArbitraryMetadata of the ResourceInfo
Open Cloud Mesh CreateOCMShareRequest ResourceId OCM ShareGrant OCM ProviderInfo
The user and public share provider implementations identify the file using the ResourceId. The ResourceInfo is passed so the share provider can also store who the owner of the resource is. The path is not part of the other API calls, e.g. when listing shares. The OCM API takes an id based reference on the CS3 api, even if the OCM HTTP endpoint takes a path argument. @jfd: Why? Does it not need the owner? It only stores the owner of the share, which is always the currently logged in user, when creating a share. Afterwards only the owner can update a share … so collaborative management of shares is not possible. At least for OCM shares.

User and Group provisioning

In oc10 users are identified by a username, which cannot change, because it is used as a foreign key in several tables. For oCIS we are internally identifying users by a UUID, while using the username in the WebDAV and OCS APIs for backwards compatability. To distinguish this in the URLs we are using <username> instead of <userid>. You may have encountered <userlayout>, which refers to a template that can be configured to build several path segments by filling in user properties, e.g. the first character of the username ({{substr 0 1 .Username}}/{{.Username}}), the identity provider ({{.Id.Idp}}/{{.Username}}) or the email ({{.Mail}})

Make no mistake, the OCS Provisioning API uses userid while it actually is the username, because it is what you use to login.

We are currently working on adding user management through the CS3 API to handle user and group provisioning (and deprovisioning).