This is a quick How-to for mounting Box.com on Ubuntu as a network drive in your File Manager (Nautilus). Box.com university accounts offer unlimited storage space and that makes it an attractive cloud storage service.
Step 1: Create an External Password on box.com
Start by logging into your box.com account and navigate a Account Setting → Create External Password. Create a new external password if you don’t already have one.
Step 2: Install davfs2
Since we will mount the Box account using WebDAV to mount a WebDAV resource as a regular file system, we will first install the davfs2 package on Ubuntu. Open a terminal and enter the following command:
[ecko_code_highlight language=”shell”]sudo apt-get install davfs2[/ecko_code_highlight]
After the package is downloaded and installing, you should see the following configuration screen; Choose Yes and continue to complete the installation.
If you missed the configuration step, you can bring back the configuration screen using the command:
[ecko_code_highlight language=”shell”]sudo dpkg-reconfigure davfs2[/ecko_code_highlight]
Step 3: Mount your Box.com account
Open the File Manager and got to File → Connect to Server…
Enter the Server Address as davs://dav.box.com/dav and click on Connect.
You should now input your Username and Password (Not the external password!). When you connect, you’ll be asked for another password, and now input your External Password created in Step 1. You should now see a mounted drive in your File Manager. Enjoy!
If you have a University Account, while entering the Server Address, you can use davs://email@example.com/dav and click on Connect. When asked for a Password, first input your University account password and then the External Password from Step 1.