How To Install Seafile on CentOS 7

Install Seafile on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Seafile on CentOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, Seafile is an open-source cloud storage software. It offers file sharing and syncing for individual users and groups, it provides client-side encryption and easy access from mobile devices. Also easily integrated with local services such as LDAP and WebDAV or can be deployed using advanced network services and databases like MySQL, SQLite, PostgreSQL, Memcached, Nginx, or Apache Web Server.

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 the step-by-step installation of Seafile Secure Cloud Storage on a CentOS 7 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 7.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Seafile on CentOS 7

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

yum clean all
yum -y update

Step 2. Installing required packages.

Seafile storage setup requires some Python modules that must be installed on your server:

yum install python-imaging MySQL-python python-memcached python-ldap python-urllib3

Step 3. Installing MariaDB.

Install MariaDB using Yum:

yum install epel-release
yum install mariadb mariadb-server

Start MariaDB and enable it to start on boot of the server:

systemctl start mariadb.service
systemctl enable mariadb.service

Configuring MariaDB for Seafile.

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:

- 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

Step 4. Installing Seafile.

The first thing to do is to go to Seafile’s download page and download the latest stable version of Seafile, At the moment of writing this article it is version 6.0.8:

wget https://bintray.com/artifact/download/seafile-org/seafile/seafile-server_6.0.8_x86-64.tar.gz

Unpack the Seafile archive to the document root directory on your server:

sudo mkdir -p /opt/seafile/installed
sudo mv seafile-server_6.0.8_x86-64.tar.gz /opt/seafile/installed
sudo mv seafile-server-6.0.8/ /opt/seafile

Run this script which will create the required databases and directories for the Seafile server and answer all questions using the following configuration options, after the script verifies the existence of all Python required modules:

cd /opt/seafile/seafile-server-6.0.8
sudo ./setup-seafile-mysql.sh

After the installation finishes, run the following commands to start the Seafile server and set up an admin user account:

sudo ./seafile.sh start
sudo ./seahub.sh start

Step 5. Configure firewall rules for Seafile.

You need to modify firewall rules using these commands:

sudo firewall-cmd --zone=public --permanent --add-port=8082/tcp
sudo firewall-cmd --zone=public --permanent --add-port=8000/tcp
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

Step 6. Accessing Seafile.

Seafile will be available on HTTP port 8000 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://your-domain.com:8000 or http://server-ip:8000. Enter the admin email id and password to log in which you have created at the time of installation. If you are using a firewall, please open port 8000 to enable access to the control panel.

Install Seafile on CentOS 7

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Seafile. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Seafile Secure Cloud Storage on CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Seafile website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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