NextCloud Install

NextCloud is an open-source next-generation file sharing and file synching web-application that you can run and install on your own Linux server. It’s similar to Dropbox, the file-sharing cloud application. The big difference between Dropbox and NextCloud is that you get to run your own cloud storage on your own server. The following are instructions on how to install NextCloud on an Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS server.

Run Updates First

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade -y
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade -y

Install Apache

$ sudo apt-get install apache2

Install MySQL Server

$ sudo apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client
$ sudo mysql_secure_installation

Install PHP

$ sudo apt-get install php libapache2-mod-php php-mbstring php-zip php-xml php-mysql php-gd
$ sudo apt-get install php-json php-curl php-intl php-mcrypt php-imagick php-dom unzip

Edit php.ini change the memory limit and upload and post file sizes to something bigger. Restart Apache.

$ sudo nano /etc/php/7.0/apache2/php.ini
memory_limit = 512M
upload_max_filesize = 500M
post_max_size = 500M
$ sudo service apache2 restart

Create Database and User. Flush privileges.

$ mysql -u root -p
mysql> create database nextcloud;
mysql> grant all privileges on nextcloud.* to 'ncuser'@'localhost' identified by 'password';
mysql> flush privileges;
mysql> exit;

Download and Install the latest Nextcloud. Give permissions to Apache.

$ cd /var/www/html
$ sudo wget
$ sudo unzip
$ sudo chown -R www-data:www-data nextcloud

Setup Apache

$ sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/nextcloud.conf
Alias / "/var/www/html/nextcloud/"
 Options +FollowSymlinks
 AllowOverride All
  Dav Off
 SetEnv HOME /var/www/html/nextcloud
 SetEnv HTTP_HOME /var/www/html/nextcloud

Enable Nextcloud. Disable default.

$ sudo a2ensite nextcloud.conf
$ sudo a2dissite 000-default.conf

Enable the following

$ sudo a2enmod rewrite
$ sudo a2enmod headers
$ sudo a2enmod env
$ sudo a2enmod dir
$ sudo a2enmod mime
$ sudo service apache2 restart

Open your browser and access your server via IP address or domain name to complete the NextCloud install.

You will be asked to enter a new username and password. Also enter your database credentials to complete the installation.

2 thoughts on “NextCloud Install

  1. Ul. Thanks a ton for this. I tested Tonido for a bit because it was a quick install, but the sync service locked up one night and pulled around 100Gb of nothing.
    The NextCloud install put me off a bit because I am still on 12.04 (PHP 5.5 breaks too much for the stuff I do, so I don’t want to upgrade) and I understand that its too old…. After reading your notes, I am tempted to try a Pi3 just for this one application.

    Quick closing question, NextClounds needs SSL? You do not mention anything about certs here…..

    1. It works on both http only as well as in https(SSL), although they recommend that you use SSL. Regular http works just fine.

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