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Support for WebDAV

ExpanDrive 3 Development build 3016 adds yet another highly requested feature – WebDAV. WebDAV is a very popular protocol used to help power Microsoft Sharepoint and a raft of other online storage services such such as iDisk/Mobile Me and Golden Frog Dumptruck, one of our favorites.

While Mac and Windows both have built in support for WebDAV it’s usually quite slow and clunky. We’ve given WebDAV the ExpanDrive treatment – extremely fast and reliable. That being said, this support is still fairly new and will likely need some revisions to improve compatibility across the wide variety of WebDAV implementations in the wild.

Please send all feedback to support@expandrive.com rather than leaving a blog comment.

Windows – Download and Release notes
Mac – Download and Release notes

  • NEWAdded support for WebDAV and WebDAV over HTTPS.
  • NEWDramatically improved metadata responsiveness for S3/Swift/DreamObjects/Rackspace
  • fixedFixed support for OpenStack Swift Storage. using swauth

Rackspace Cloud Files & OpenStack Swift

ExpanDrive 3 Development build 3015 finally builds in support for two often requested drive types – Rackspace Cloud Files and OpenStack Swift. Cloud Files is a popular S3-like durable storage platform run by RackSpace. It is built from the OpenStack Swift project, a very popular solution for deploying a S3-like type storage on premise or as part of a service offering.

ExpanDrive connects scale-out storage platforms like Swift and CEPH to existing solutions, apps and infrastructure. Out of the box Swift and CEPH are products designed to be access via an API, not terrifically useful if you’re trying to migrate off a big iron NetApp Filer. ExpanDrive maps this API to so that it looks and feels just like a USB drive that is accessible from within any application on Mac, Windows [and soon, Linux].

Please send all feedback to support@expandrive.com rather than leaving a blog comment.

Windows – Download and Release notes
Mac – Download and Release notes

  • NEWAdded support for Rackspace Cloud Files.
  • NEWAdded support for OpenStack Swift Storage.
  • NEWCreate S3/Swift/Cloud Files buckets from within ExpanDrive. Create a new folder in the drive root. If you create with Finder or Explorer, create the default folder name and rename it.

DreamObjects, CEPH & S3 Endpoints

ExpanDrive 3 build 3014 adds support for Dream Host DreamObjects Cloud storage. DreamObjects is a fantastic cloud storage platform built on top of CEPH, an open source S3-like object store built by Inktank. DreamHost is one of the biggest and most popular website hosting platforms around and is currently running a DreamObjects promo for storage and bandwidth for $0.03/GB, awesome pricing.

With ExpanDrive for DreamObjects you can take what is normally only accesible via API and mount it just like a USB drive in Finder or Windows Explorer. ExpanDrive makes DreamObjects and CEPH available inside every Mac and PC application.

Along with DreamObjects/CEPH support ExpanDrive now supports alternate S3 endpoints. You can use this to connect to alternate S3 regions or other S3-like storage.

Please send all feedback to support@expandrive.com rather than leaving a blog comment.

Windows – Download and Release notes
Mac – Download and Release notes

  • NEWAdded support for DreamObjects cloud storage.
  • NEWAlternate S3 endpoints are now supported
  • FIXEDSymbolic links to directories outside out of the drive root work again.
  • FIXEDSmall tweaks on expan tool

ExpanDrive 3 build 3013

Build 3013 is now available for Mac and Windows. It adds command line support for connecting and ejecting drives. This is designed as a convenience for power users as well as to facilitate control from scripts and other programs. On the Mac client there is a separate terminal utility named ‘expan’ contained within the bundle that you can install from within the Settings tab. On Windows just run expandrive.exe with the parameters. Run the “help” command for a listing of what is available.

Please send all feedback to support@expandrive.com

Windows – Download and Release notes
Mac – Download and Release notes

  • NEWCommand line connect/eject/list support through ‘expan’ terminal utility on Mac and through ExpanDrive.exe on Windows.

ExpanDrive 3 build 3011 for Windows

Build 3011 for Windows is now available for download and via the ExpanDrive 3 auto-updater. Like last week’s Mac build, we’ve added context menus into Explorer so you can actually set ACLs on S3 and set permission bits on SFTP etc. We’ll be adding other options here in the future as well, such as getting a shareable URL and bucket creation for S3. We have also spent a lot of time refining the UI in response to great feedback, keep it coming.



Access the menu via right clicking any file or folder in Explorer


Toggle properties based on the file and drive type


Please send all feedback to support@expandrive.com

Download and Release notes

  • NEWWindows Explorer Context Menu Extension is now available for ExpanDrive mounted drives – use it to set permissions/ACLs on files for SFTP and S3.
  • NEWInstaller wrapped in a .exe bootstrapper.
  • CHANGEDIcons updated & resized, frame moved to edges, right click disabled in Window UI, many other visual tweaks
  • FIXEDWindow Border now correctly drawn on Win8

ExpanDrive 3 build 3010 for Mac

Build 3010 for Mac is now available for download and via the ExpanDrive 3 auto-updater. The big new feature is we’re injecting context menus into Finder so you can actually set ACLs on S3 and set permission bits on SFTP etc. We’ll be adding other options here in the future as well, such as getting a shareable URL and bucket creation for S3.


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An ExpanDrive sub-menu will now appear on ExpanDrive volumes

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Toggle permission bits, set ACLs, and more soon


Please send all feedback to support@expandrive.com

Download and Release notes

  • NEWContext Menu injected into Finder to set ACLs and permission bits in SFTP and S3
  • CHANGEDFont sizing and buttons now are now the system defaults
  • FIXEDRespect custom ports
  • FIXEDRemove flicker at UI launch
  • FIXEDInstall EXFS on systems missing it
  • FIXEDAccept hostkeys for new SFTP systems

ExpanDrive 3 build 3009 for Mac

Build 3009 for Mac is now available for download and via the auto-updater.

Please send all feedback to support@expandrive.com

Download and Release notes

  • NEWThe dropdown menu attached to the menubar item is now back
  • CHANGEDRemove the path to add in a favorite without having connected
  • FIXEDCorrectly respect only showing the drive manager at launch
  • FIXEDOS X10.6 32-bit mode support fixed

ExpanDrive 3 build 3008 for Mac

Build 3008 for Mac is now available for download and via the auto-updater.

Please send all feedback to support@expandrive.com

Download and Release notes – ExpanDrive build 3008 for Mac

  • NEWKeyboard shortcuts added/fixed.
  • NEWFeedback button added.
  • NEWCollapsing list display for smaller window size
  • NEWOptionally add ExpanDrive in and out of the dock
  • NEWFavorites format unified between mac and windows
  • NEWBuild number displayed in settings
  • FIXEDStatus bar item now correctly toggle drive manager visibility.
  • FIXEDClicking connect no longer creates a new drive in favorites when not intended.
  • FIXEDShow desktop settings toggle now respected.
  • FIXEDS3 drive password saving fixed.
  • FIXEDCustom drive names now respected from v2
  • FIXEDStrongspace drives now properly imported from v2

Windows 8 style UI for ExpanDrive v3

Today is a big day in the development of ExpanDrive. Our Mac and Windows clients now share the same user interface. For those who have been following along we’ve started to detail our open secret of building our next-generation user interface on top of WebKit. And today with the release of build 3008 of ExpanDrive 3 we finally hit that goal.

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ExpanDrive 3 for Windows

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ExpanDrive 3 for Mac

Both UIs look quite the same but are styled to their appropriate operating system. With our Windows client we take quite a bit of inspiration from the new Github for Windows client and the Windows 8 metro style. Our relatively simple UI doesn’t need an array of drop down menus, so we’ve ditched them and the normal chrome in favor of a borderless window and put all of the functionality right in front of you. I think it looks pretty hot. Grouping and filtering are the next features coming for the UI. Following that you’ll soon see context menus for twiddling file permissions on individual files.

Under the hood build 3008 is a complete rewrite of our Windows code. We’ve moved off QT and QTWebkit in favor of C# and the Chromium embedded framework. ExpanDrive 3 uses .Net 3.5 or newer, which comes pre-installed on Windows 7 and is widely installed on Windows XP. We have also switched over to an MSI based installer and will soon also have a portable version [a simple .zip file] available.

New user interface for ExpanDrive 3/Mac

ExpanDrive for the Mac is finally receiving a makeover. Since the initial release it has basically always looked the same, a small window only accessible from an icon in the status bar. While we like how ExpanDrive is hidden under the covers, we listened and have built ExpanDrive as a regular App that is also in the dock. Build 3005 of the Mac client features an entirely new interface – based on Webkit. We think it looks and feels clean and simple. This new UI will be coming to Windows next week and will provide a great cross-platform foundation to finish adding in new features. There are likely to be some kinks here and there,but we wanted to get it in your hands for feedback as soon as possible. Please send all feedback to support@expandrive.com

Download and Release notes – ExpanDrive build 3005 for Mac

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