In this tutorial, we will show you how to install ownCloud on Debian 9. ownCloud is an open-source, self-hosted platform which provides sync and share capabilities across multiple devices. It allows users to easily manage their files, contacts, calendars, to-do lists, and more, making it a great alternative to the popular Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud, etc. cloud platforms.
- root access via SSH to your VPS;
- MySQL or MariaDB 5.5+ or PostgreSQL;
- PHP version 5.6 or above;
- Apache 2.4 with
preforkMulti-Processing Module (MPM) and
1. Connect to your server
To connect to your server via SSH as user root, use the following command:
ssh [email protected]_ADDRESS -p PORT_NUMBER
and replace “IP_ADDRESS” and “PORT_NUMBER” with your actual server IP address and SSH port number.
Once logged in, make sure that your server is up-to-date by running the following commands:
apt-get update apt-get upgrade
2. Install Apache web server
Check whether Apache is already installed and running on your server. The following command will help you in that matter:
dpkg -l apache2
In case you already have an Apache web server on your system then you can skip these steps.
apt install apache2
Once installed, start the Apache server and enable it to start at server boot.
systemctl start apache2 systemctl enable apache2
3. Install PHP
Install PHP together with some PHP modules that are required by ownCloud with the following command:
sudo apt install php7.0 php7.0-common libapache2-mod-php7.0 \ openssl php-imagick php7.0-curl php7.0-gd php7.0-mcrypt \ php7.0-imap php7.0-intl php7.0-json php7.0-ldap php7.0-mbstring \ php7.0-mysql php7.0-pgsql php-smbclient php-ssh2 \ php7.0-sqlite3 php7.0-xml php7.0-zip php-redis php-apcu
4. Install MariaDB and create a database
In this tutorial, we will use MariaDB as a database engine. We can Install MariaDB server from Debian base repository using the following command:
sudo apt update sudo apt -y install mariadb-server
When the installation is complete, run the following commands to start and enable the MariaDB service :
sudo systemctl start mariadb sudo systemctl enable mariadb
To secure your installation and to set up the root password execute the following command on your server.
If you did not set any password during the installation, you can just leave it blank and press Enter.
Next step is to log in to the MariaDB server as ‘root’ user and creates a database and user for ownCloud.
mysql -u root -p
MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE owncloud CHARACTER SET utf8; MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON owncloud.* TO 'owncloud'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'Password'; MariaDB [(none)]> FLUSH PRIVILEGES; MariaDB [(none)]> exit
It is recommended to replace ‘Password’ with a strong password which will be a combination of letters and numbers and at least 10 characters long.
5. Install ownCloud
The ownCLoud 10 package is not available in default Debian 9 repositories so we will install the package from the official ownCloud repositories. First, add the ownCloud GPG key to the apt sources keyring:
wget -qO- https://download.owncloud.org/download/repositories/stable/Debian_9.0/Release.key | sudo apt-key add -
once the key is added run the following command to enable the ownCloud repository:
echo 'deb https://download.owncloud.org/download/repositories/stable/Debian_9.0/ /' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list
Before installing the ownCloud package we need to enable HTTPS transport for the Debian apt tool by installing the following package:
sudo apt install apt-transport-https
Update the apt cache list and install the ownCloud package with the following command:
sudo apt update sudo apt install owncloud-files
The command above will install the ownCloud files in the
6. Create Apache Virtual Host
To access the ownCloud with a domain name you need to create a virtual host. Open a new configuration file using nano or your favorite text editor with the following command:
Don’t forget to modify the your_domain.com and add the following lines:
Alias /owncloud "/var/www/owncloud/" <Directory /var/www/owncloud/> Options +FollowSymlinks AllowOverride All <IfModule mod_dav.c> Dav off </IfModule> SetEnv HOME /var/www/owncloud SetEnv HTTP_HOME /var/www/owncloud </Directory> ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/owncloud-error_log CustomLog /var/log/apache2/owncloud-access_log common
Save the file.
Enable the Apache ownCloud configuration:
sudo a2ensite your_domain.com.conf
Remember to replace your ‘your_domain.com’ with your actual domain name. Save the changes and restart the Apache web server for the changes to take effect:
systemctl reload apache2
6. Finish the ownCloud installation
In the last step of this guide, we need to access to ownCloud Web Interface and finish the installation.
To finish the installation open your browser and navigate to
After completing setup you will get admin dashboard.
That’s it. If you followed all of the instructions properly now you should be able to access your ownCloud with your domain name on your Debian 9 server.
You don’t need to Install ownCloud on Debian 9 if you use one of our ownCloud Hosting services, in which case you can simply ask our expert Linux admins to set up ownCloud on your Debian 9 server for you. They are available 24×7 and will take care of your request immediately.
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