What is the error code 36 I get when using Mac OS X WebDAV?

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WebDAV using the Finder’s “Connect to Server” under Mac OS X occasionally encounters transfer errors, usually error 36.

The way the Mac WebDAV support works it quickly claims to have transferred the file, then when it says “closing file” is when the actual transfer takes place, and when the error code 36 might occur.

In addition the error reported is often false, and if left alone the transfer will complete fine. The problem is you have no way of knowing if the transfer is still proceeding.

There are two WebDAV clients for the Mac that work well pretty well if you’re having this problem. One costs money but is a very good product, the other is free, works well, but it is no longer being supported.

The commercial product is Transmit, a very popular ftp client you may already be using for ftp that also does WebDAV very well:


The free product is Goliath:


Of course, if you are a My Docs Online user you can also use the MDO Transporter, but it only works with My Docs Online accounts.

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Mac Error Code 36 August 28, 2012 at 4:15 am

I am trying to copy Video_TS files. Moving them does not capture the entire file before the error occurs. I am running 10.6.8.

Steve August 28, 2012 at 9:10 am

Have you tried Transmit transfer your file? As you see from the post the error code is something that comes up when using the DAV client build into the Mac OS but it can be mitigated by using a commercial client like transmit. If you’re a My Docs user you can also use the MDO Desktop (see our login page for the download link).

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