Install Pydio File Sharing and Sync Platform on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 with Apache2, MariaDB and PHP 7.2

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Pydio is an open source file sharing and sync platform that fits your infrastructure and provides a single point of access to all your data storage. It is an alternative to software such as ownCloud and Nextcloud that provide storage services, file sharing and sync.

If you’re looking for an enterprise file sharing platform similar to Dropbox and other storage platforms that you can host in your own environments, then Pydio is a good place to start. You will be able to securely connect all your files, teams and devices in one platform.

For more about Pydio, please check its homepage.

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install and configure Pydio file sharing and sync platform on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 LTS servers. To get started with installing Pydio, please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Install Apache2 HTTP Server on Ubuntu

Apache2 HTTP Server is the most popular web server in use. so install it since Pydio needs it.

To install Apache2 HTTP on Ubuntu server, run the commands below.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install apache2

After installing Apache2, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable Apache2 service to always start up with the server boots.

sudo systemctl stop apache2.service
sudo systemctl start apache2.service
sudo systemctl enable apache2.service

To test Apache2 setup, open your browser and browse to the server hostname or IP address and you should see Apache2 default test page as shown below. When you see that, then Apache2 is working as expected.

apache2 ubuntu install

Step 2: Install MariaDB Database Server

MariaDB database server is a great place to start when looking at open source database servers to use with Pydio. To install MariaDB run the commands below.

sudo apt-get install mariadb-server mariadb-client

After installing MariaDB, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable MariaDB service to always start up when the server boots.

Run these on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

sudo systemctl stop mysql.service
sudo systemctl start mysql.service
sudo systemctl enable mysql.service

Run these on Ubuntu 18.04 and 18.10 LTS

sudo systemctl stop mariadb.service
sudo systemctl start mariadb.service
sudo systemctl enable mariadb.service

After that, run the commands below to secure MariaDB server by creating a root password and disallowing remote root access.

sudo mysql_secure_installation

When prompted, answer the questions below by following the guide.

  • Enter current password for root (enter for none): Just press the Enter
  • Set root password? [Y/n]: Y
  • New password: Enter password
  • Re-enter new password: Repeat password
  • 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

Restart MariaDB server

To test if MariaDB is installed, type the commands below to logon to MariaDB server

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then type the password you created above to sign on. if successful, you should see MariaDB welcome message

mariadb welcome

Step 3: Install PHP 7.2 and Related Modules

PHP 7.2 may not be available in Ubuntu default repositories. in order to install it, you will have to get it from third-party repositories.

Run the commands below to add the below third party repository to upgrade to PHP 7.2

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php

Then update and upgrade to PHP 7.2

sudo apt update

Next, run the commands below to install PHP 7.2 and related modules.

sudo apt install php7.2 libapache2-mod-php7.2 php7.2-common php7.2-gmp php7.2-curl php7.2-intl php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-mysql php7.2-gd php7.2-xml php7.2-cli php7.2-zip

After installing PHP 7.2, run the commands below to open PHP default config file for Apache2.

sudo nano /etc/php/7.2/apache2/php.ini

Then make the changes on the following lines below in the file and save. The value below is great settings to apply in your environments.

file_uploads = On
allow_url_fopen = On
short_open_tag = On
memory_limit = 256M
upload_max_filesize = 100M
max_execution_time = 360
date.timezone = America/Chicago

After making the change above, save the file and close out.

Step 4: Restart Apache2

After installing PHP and related modules, all you have to do is restart Apache2 to reload PHP configurations.

To restart Apache2, run the commands below

sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

To test PHP 7.2 settings with Apache2, create a phpinfo.php file in Apache2 root directory by running the commands below

sudo nano /var/www/html/phpinfo.php

Then type the content below and save the file.

<?php phpinfo( ); ?>

Save the file. then browse to your server hostname followed by /phpinfo.php


You should see PHP default test page.

PHP 7.2 ubuntu nginx

Step 5: Create Pydio Database

Now that you’ve installed all the packages that are required for Pydio to function, continue below to start configuring the servers. First run the commands below to create a blank Pydio database.

To logon to MariaDB database server, run the commands below.

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called pydio


Create a database user called pydiouser with new password

CREATE USER 'pydiouser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'new_password_here';

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON pydio.* TO 'pydiouser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.


Step 6: Install and Configure Pydio File Sharing Server

After installing all the servers above, continue below to complete Pydio server installation. First, install apt-transport-https package if you don’t already have it on your system.

sudo apt update
sudo apt -y install apt-transport-https

Next, configure the Pydio repository by running the commands below

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc) main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pydio.list'

Import GPG key:
wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -

After that, update Ubuntu packages and install Pydio

sudo apt update
sudo apt install pydio pydio-all php-xml

During the installation, you may get a prompt about Encfs security information. select Ok and continue

After the installation, Pydio Apache configuration file is created at /etc/apache2/conf-enabled/pydio.conf

Make changes to this file if you have to and save.

sudo nano /etc/apache2/conf-enabled/pydio.conf

Make changes, then save and exit.

# ------------------
#  Main pydio Alias
# ------------------
Alias   /pydio  /usr/share/pydio

# ------------------
#  Directory
# ------------------
<Directory "/usr/share/pydio">

        Options FollowSymLinks
        AllowOverride Limit FileInfo
        Order allow,deny
        Allow from all
        Require all granted

        # -------------------------------------------------------------------------
        # [INFO]
        # Rewrite config are written at the root of the /usr/share/pydio directory
        # -------------------------------------------------------------------------


AddType application/json .json

Restart Apache after the installation.

sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

Step 7: Access Pydio File Sharing Server Web Interface

After installing open your browser and browse to the server name or IP address followed by pydio.
Pydio Ubuntu install

Next, create an admin account and continue with the database connection settings page.

Pydio Ubuntu setup

Next, type in the database connection info you created above.

Pydio Ubuntu setup

Finally install and begin using Pydio

Pydio Ubuntu setup

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Pydio file sharing and sync platform on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 servers

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