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Original author(s) John C. Glavin[1]
Developer(s) South River Technologies (originally Riverfront Software)
Initial release December 31, 1997; 18 years ago (1997-12-31)
Stable release 11.0[2] / February 1, 2013; 3 years ago (2013-02-01)
Operating system Windows, OS X, Android and iOS
Available in English
License Proprietary
Website http://www.webdrive.com/products/webdrive/

WebDrive is a drive mapping utility that uses open FTP, FTPS, SFTP, and WebDAV protocols[3] to access remote file servers, and proprietary or vendor-specific Amazon S3,[4] Google Drive, Dropbox,[5] FrontPage[6] and GroupDrive (also by South River Technologies) protocols to access those types of servers as well. WebDrive's features are:

  • Data transfer by drag and drop files in Windows Explorer
  • Able to execute .exe files including video and audio files
  • Able to run WebDrive as a system service when Windows starts
  • Mounts drive automatically on system start
  • Supports open FTP, FTPS, SFTP, and WebDAV protocols and proprietary or vendor-specific Amazon S3, Google Drive, Dropbox, FrontPage and GroupDrive
  • Native support for Windows, OS X, Android and iOS operating systems (the program was originally Windows-only)

History and Use[edit]

Though associated with traditional FTP protocols, WebDrive has had a long history of being considered a unique type of FTP client because it made remote folders look like part of the native operating system's file manager rather than display a "two pane" view (a.k.a. an "orthodox file manager") used by most FTP clients.[6][7] Its publisher claims over 5 million installations today[8] and it remains a popular utility on college campuses[9][10][11] and similar organizations with "casual" file transfer needs, but competing file transfer software with similar drive mapping capabilities has appeared in recent years.[12]

A Mac edition was introduced in September 2009[13] and mobile editions for the iOS and Android were introduced in November 2013 and March 2014 respectively.[14][15]

Through at least 2002 Novell rebranded an earlier version of WebDrive as NetDrive and also added iFolder transfer support to its rebranded edition.[16]


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  10. ^ "Installation Guide for Webdrive 32/64 bit". Network and Communication - Technical Notes. University of Regina. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Using WebDrive on a Windows PC". CITES collaboration and calendaring. University of Illinois. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Popular Alternatives to WebDrive". Alternative To. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "South River Technologies Releases WebDrive for Mac". Applelinks. 18 Sep 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  14. ^ King, Jr., Bertel (28 Mar 2014). "South River Tech, The Maker Of TitanFTP Server, Brings A Version Of Its Popular WebDrive File Transfer Client To Android". New App(s). Android Police. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "South River Technologies Launches WebDrive (iOS) Mobile App". Digital Journal. 19 Nov 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "NetDrive.exe". Novell Cool Solutions: Question & Answer. Novell. 18 Jun 2002. Retrieved 30 May 2014.