In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration OwnCloud on Ubuntu 16.04. For those of you who didn’t know, OwnCloud is free and open-source software that enables you to create a private “file-hosting” cloud. OwnCloud is similar to DropBox service with the difference of being free to download and install on your private server. Owncloud made by PHP and backend database MySQL (MariaDB), SQLLite, or PostgreSQL. OwnCloud also enables you to easily view and sync address book, calendar events, tasks, and bookmarks. You can access it via the good looking and easy to use the web interface or install OwnCloud client on your Desktop or Laptop machine (supports Linux, Windows, and Mac OSX).
This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation OwnCloud on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.
Install OwnCloud on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal.
Step 2. Install LAMP (Linux, Apache, MariaDB, PHP) server.
A Ubuntu 16.04 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also, install all required PHP modules:
Step 3. Installing OwnCloud 9.
OwnCloud provides you the official deb packages for the installation of your ownCloud. Setup the ownCloud repository using the following command:
wget-nvhttps://download.owncloud.org/download/repositories/stable/Ubuntu_16.04/Release.key -O Release.key
sudosh-c"echo 'deb http://download.owncloud.org/download/repositories/stable/Ubuntu_16.04/ /' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list"
Install ownCloud using the following command:
Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for OwnCloud.
By default, MariaDB is not hardened. You can secure MariaDB using the mysql_secure_installation script. you should read and below each step carefully which will set a root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MariaDB:
Configure it like this:
Next we will need to log in to the MariaDB console and create a database for the OwnCloud. Run the following command:
This will prompt you for a password, so enter your MariaDB root password and hit Enter. Once you are logged in to your database server you need to create a database for OwnCloud installation:
Step 5. OwnCloud Configuration.
To configure ownCloud, we will use the web interface. So, go ahead and open up a web browser and point it to http://server_ip_address/owncloud You should see a web page like this. Enter username and password for the administrator user account, click on the ‘Advanced options’ hyperlink and enter the data directory (or leave the default setting), then enter database username, database password, database name, host (localhost) and click ‘Finish setup’.
Alternately you can also download the ownCloud clients to sync the documents across your devices.
The home page will look like below; you can start uploading the contents using “+ sign” button.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed OwnCloud. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing OwnCloud on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official OwnCloud website.