Install and Configure OwnCloud on Ubuntu and Debian

Install and Configure OwnCloud on Ubuntu and Debian

owncloud-logoOwncloud provides services similar to dropbox. Many of the other websites similar to dropbox that provide file storage, syncing, and sharing functions. The benefit of owncloud is to taking control of our own data and the file storage space. The owncloud has lots of options, feature, configuration and plugins to consider. We will discuss basic functionality and configurations in this article.

If you want to install on Ubuntu please add sudo command before the following commands.



Owncloud setup is based on PHP and database combination, database can be MySQL or SQLite. So install PHP, Apache web server and MySQL server on Ubuntu or Debian.

Install Apache and owncloud dependencies.

apt-get install apache2 php5 php5-json php-xml-serializer zip php5-gd

apt-get install php5-sqlite curl libcurl3 libcurl3-dev php5-curl

apt-get install mysql-server libapache2-mod-auth-mysql php5-mysql


Download and Setup:

Enter /usr/local/src folder download and extract owncloud.

cd /usr/local/src

mkdir /var/www/cloud

root@owncloud:/usr/local/src# wget

apt-get install bzip2

bunzip2 owncloud-5.0.15.tar.bz2

It will become in tar as shown below.


tar xvf owncloud-5.0.15.tar

Copy owncloud to apache html folder.
cp -r owncloud/* /var/www/cloud/

Change folder ownership.
chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/cloud


Create Database: (Optional)

MySQL server must be started before creating the database, login to MySQL server.

mysql -u root -p

Create database called “clouddb”

create database clouddb;

CREATE USER ‘admin’@’localhost’ IDENTIFIED BY ‘password’;

Allow “clouddbuser” to access the “clouddb” database on localhost with predefined password.

grant all on clouddb.* to ‘clouddbuser’@’localhost’ identified by ‘password’;


Configure Apache server:

Enable .htaccess and mod_rewrite if running apache
vi /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default

To enable .htaccess files you need to ensure that ‘AllowOverride’ is set to ‘All’ in the ‘Directory /var/www/’ section of your virtual host file

<Directory /var/www/>

Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews

AllowOverride All

Order allow,deny

allow from all


a2enmod rewrite

root@owncloud:/var/www/cloud# a2enmod rewrite

Enabling module rewrite.

To activate the new configuration, you need to run:

service apache2 restart

a2enmod headers

root@owncloud:/var/www/cloud# a2enmod headers

Enabling module headers.

To activate the new configuration, you need to run:

service apache2 restart


Configure PHP:

Increase file upload limit.
vi etc/php5/apache2/php.ini

In this file, search for:

; Maximum allowed size for uploaded files.


upload_max_filesize = 2M

; Maximum size of POST data that PHP will accept.


post_max_size = 8M

And change their value to whatever you want. Then save the file and restart Apache:

Restart Apache and visit your installation.

/etc/init.d/apache2 stop

* Stopping web server apache2

apache2: apr_sockaddr_info_get() failed for ubuntu

apache2: Could not reliably determine the server’s fully qualified domain name, using for ServerName

… waiting ..                                                                    [ OK ]

Note: If appear above error you need to add ServerName in apache2.conf file.

vi /etc/apache2/apache2.conf
ServerName localhost

Above error message will be removed.


Configure ownCloud:

Open up web browser, point a URL to ( http://Your-custom-domain).


MySQL database requires database user, password and data base name.


Now you can start upload a file via browser, alternately you can download ownCloud client to upload the files.


That’s it


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