We’ll show you, how to install NextCloud 13 on Debian 9. Nextcloud is an open-source software suite that allows users to store their data such as files, contacts, calendars, news feed, TODO lists and much more, on their personal servers. It is using standard protocols such as webdavm, carddav and caldav. It also provides client applications so users can easily manage and synchronize their data among Linux, MacOS, Windows platforms and smart phones, which makes Nextcloud a great free alternative to proprietary cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, etc…
In this tutorial we will install and configure Nextcloud 13 on a Debian 9 VPS, with Apache web server, PHP and MariaDB.
Before we start with the installation there are several requirements:
- SSH ‘root’ access to your server.
- MySQL or MariaDB 5.5+; PostgreSQL version 9 or 10;
- PHP version 7.0, 7.1 or 7.2.
- Apache version 2.4 with mod_php or Nginx (php-fpm) web server
Login via SSH and update your system
Login to your Debian 9 VPS via SSH as user root
ssh root@IP_Address -p Port_Number
and make sure that all installed packages are up to date by running the following command
apt update && apt upgrade
Install Apache web server
As mentioned in the requirements, a web server is required to run Nextcloud. Run the following command to install Apache on your VPS
apt install apache2
Once installed, start Apache and enable it to start at server boot
systemctl start apache2 systemctl enable apache2
Install PHP and some PHP modules required by NextCloud
apt install php7.0 libapache2-mod-php7.0 php7.0-common php7.0-gd php7.0-json php7.0-mysql php7.0-curl php7.0-mbstring php7.0-intl php7.0-mcrypt php7.0-imagick php7.0-xml php7.0-zip
Install MariaDB and create a database
Next, we will install MariaDB server using the following command
apt -y install mariadb-server
Start the database server and enable it to start upon server boot
systemctl enable mariadb systemctl start mariadb
Run the mysql_secure_installation post-installation script to harden the security of your MariaDB server and set a ‘root’ password. You can use the following options
mysql_secure_installation Set root password? [Y/n] Y Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] Y Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] Y Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] Y Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] Y
Now, login to the MariaDB server as user root and create a new user and database for Nextcloud
mysql -u root -p MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE nextcloud; MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON nextcloud.* TO 'nextcloud_user'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'PASSWORD'; MariaDB [(none)]> FLUSH PRIVILEGES; MariaDB [(none)]> exit;
Don’t forget to replace ‘PASSWORD’ with an actual strong password. Combination of letters and numbers and minimum 10 characters long is recommended.
Download and install Nextcloud
Go go Nextcloud’s official website and download Nextcloud 13 to your Debian 9 VPS. Currently latest stable version is 13.0.1
Extract the downloaded ZIP archive in a directory Apache has access to, and change the ownership of the nextcloud directory to the web server user
unzip nextcloud-13.0.1.zip -d /var/www/html/ chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/nextcloud/
Once all Nextcloud prerequisites are fulfilled, we can complete installation using the on-screen installation wizard or through the command line. We will complete the installation through the command line. Change the current working directory
and execute the following command as the web server user
sudo -u www-data php occ maintenance:install --database "mysql" --database-name "nextcloud" --database-user "nextcloud_user" --database-pass "PASSWORD" --admin-user "admin" --admin-pass "PASSWORD"
Use the database information we created above and set a strong password for the Nextcloud ‘admin’ user.
If the installation is successfull you will get the following output
Nextcloud was successfully installed
Edit the config/config.php file and add domain.com as a trusted domain
nano config/config.php 'trusted_domains' => array ( 0 => 'localhost', 1 => 'domain.com', ),
Create Apache Virtual Host
If you want to be able to access Nextcloud with a domain name, you will have to create a new virtual host. Create the following file
Alias /nextcloud “/var/www/html/nextcloud/”
SetEnv HOME /var/www/html/nextcloud
SetEnv HTTP_HOME /var/www/html/nextcloud
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/nextcloud-access_log common
Save the file and enable the newly created virtual host
It is also recommended to enable the mod_headers, mod_env, mod_dir and mod_mime Apache modules
a2enmod headers a2enmod env a2enmod dir a2enmod mime
To activate the new configuration, you need to run the following command
systemctl reload apache2
With this step the Nextcloud 13 installation is completed. You can now visit http://domain.com and login to your Nextcloud instance using the credentials used in the insallation command above.
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