In this tutorial we will show you how to install OwnCloud on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, OwnCloud is a free and open-source software which enables you to create a private “file-hosting” cloud. OwnCloud is similar to DropBox service with the diference 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 web interface or install OwnCloud client on your Desktop or Laptop machine (supports Linux, Windows and MacOS).
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 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) server.
Install OwnCloud on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver
Step 1. First make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal.
A Ubuntu 18.04 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 10 on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
First thing to do is to go to OwnCloud’s download page and download the latest stable version of OwnCloud, At the moment of writing this article it is version 10:
We will need to change some folders permissions:
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 steps carefully which will set 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:
Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. For example, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘owncloud.conf’ on your virtual server:
Add the following lines:
Now, we can restart Apache web server so that the changes take place:
Step 6. Accessing 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://your-domain.com. 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.
Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed OwnCloud. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing OwnCloud on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official OwnCloud web site.