install owncloud 9 on ubuntu

How to install ownCloud 9 on Ubuntu

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In today’s tutorial, we will explain how to install ownCloud 9.0 on a fresh Ubuntu 16.04 LTS installation. ownCloud is a self-hosted, open source, file sync and share app platform written in PHP. With ownCloud you can sync and access your files through a web interface, create contacts, calendars and bookmarks, easily share your data across devices, preview and edit your text files, documents and images and much more. It’s a great alternative to Dropbox, Google Drive and similar file-sharing services.

Log in to your server as root

ssh user@vps_IP

and make sure that all packages are up to date:

sudo apt update && sudo apt -y upgrade

Add ownCloud Repository

We will install the owncloud package from the official ownCloud repository. owncloud is a meta package which will install multiple packages including apache2, PHP 7.0 and all necessary PHP modules, basically you will get a complete installation with all dependencies.

Run the following commands to add the ownCloud repository PGP key to your system:

sudo wget -nv -O Release.key
sudo apt-key add - < Release.key
sudo rm -f Release.key

Add the ownCloud repository to your system using the following command:

echo 'deb /' | sudo tee --append /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list > /dev/null

Install ownCloud

The ownCloud installation is pretty straightforward, once the repository is added update the apt package index, install the owncloud package:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install owncloud

You can choose between SQLite, MYSQL/MariaDB and PostgreSQL. SQLite is the default database but it is not recommended for production, MariaDB which we will be using in this tutorial is the ownCloud recommended database.

Install the MariaDB package using the following command:

sudo apt-get install mariadb-server

When the installation is complete, run the following command to secure your installation:


Next, we need to create a database for our ownCloud installation.

mysql -uroot -p
MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE owncloud;
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON owncloud.* TO 'owncloud'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'my_strong_password';
MariaDB [(none)]> \q

To access the graphical ownCloud 9 installation wizard open the following URL in your browser http://your_ip_address/owncloud, enter the admin account username and password, select ‘MySQL/MariaDB’ and enter the database name, database user and password. Finally, click on the “Finish setup” button located on the bottom of the page.

That’s it. You have successfully installed ownCloud version 9 on your Ubuntu VPS.
For more information about how to manage your ownCloud installation, please refer to the ownCloud documentation.

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