Installing OwnCloud on Ubuntu 17.04 | 17.10 with Apache2, MariaDB and PHP

OwnCloud is an open source software that enables private cloud services on users’ own servers and environments. Like DropBox and other cloud storage services, OwnCloud provides similar functions, and it’s free to download and install on your own servers without paying service providers.

This brief tutorial shows students and new users steps to install and configure OwnCloud on Ubuntu 17.04 | 17.10 Servers and host OwnCloud in your own environment.

In order to get OwnCloud installed, you must have the LAMP or LEMP stack enabled on your Ubuntu servers. We’ve written many good tutorials here on installing the LAMP stack. To learn how to install OwnCloud on your servers, follow the steps below:

To get started with installing OwnCloud, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Install Apache2

OwnCloud requires a webserver to function and the most popular webserver in use today is Apache2. So, go and install Apache2 on Ubuntu by running the commands below:

sudo apt install apache2

After installing Apache2, run the commands below to disable directory listing.

sudo sed -i "s/Options Indexes FollowSymLinks/Options FollowSymLinks/" /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

Next, run the commands below 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

Step 2: Install MariaDB

OwnCloud also requires a database server to function.. and MariaDB database server is a great place to start. To install it run the commands below.

sudo apt-get install mariadb-server mariadb-client

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

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.

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

sudo systemctl restart mariadb.service

Step 3: Install PHP and Related Modules

OwnCloud also requires PHP to function. To install PHP and related modules run the commands below

sudo apt install php libapache2-mod-php php-common libapache2-mod-php php-mbstring php-xmlrpc php-soap php-apcu php-smbclient php-ldap php-redis php-gd php-xml php-intl php-json php-imagick php-mysql php-cli php-mcrypt php-ldap php-zip php-curl

Step 4: Create OwnCloud Database

Now that you’ve install all the packages that are required, continue below to start configuring the servers. First run the commands below to create OwnCloud database.

Run the commands below to logon to the database server. When prompted for a password, type the root password you created above.

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called owncloud


Create a database user called ownclouduser with new password

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

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON owncloud.* TO 'ownclouduser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.


Step 5: Download OwnCloud Latest Release

Next, visit OwnCloud site to download your free copy. The community edition is what you’ll want to download.

After downloading, run the commands below to extract the download file into Apache2 root directory.

cd /tmp && wget
sudo mv owncloud /var/www/html/owncloud/

Then run the commands below to set the correct permissions for OwnCloud to function.

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/owncloud/
sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/owncloud/

Step 6: Configure Apache2

Finally, configure Apahce2 site configuration file for OwnCloud. This file will control how users access OwnCloud content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called owncloud.conf

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/owncloud.conf

Then copy and paste the content below into the file and save it. Replace the highlighted line with your own domain name and directory root location.

<VirtualHost *:80>
     ServerAdmin [email protected]
     DocumentRoot /var/www/html/owncloud/
     Alias /owncloud "/var/www/html/owncloud/"

     <Directory /var/www/html/owncloud/>
        Options +FollowSymlinks
        AllowOverride All
        Require all granted
          <IfModule mod_dav.c>
            Dav off
        SetEnv HOME /var/www/html/owncloud
        SetEnv HTTP_HOME /var/www/html/owncloud

     ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
     CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined


Save the file and exit.

Step 7: Enable the OwnCloud and Rewrite Module

After configuring the VirtualHost above, enable it by running the commands below

sudo a2ensite owncloud.conf
sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo a2enmod headers
sudo a2enmod env
sudo a2enmod dir
sudo a2enmod mime

Step 8 : Restart Apache2

To load all the settings above, restart Apache2 by running the commands below.

sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

Then open your browser and browse to the server domain name followed by install. You should see OwnCloud setup wizard to complete. Please follow the wizard carefully.

You should then see OwnCloud setup page.. Connect to the database using the information you created and continue. Select the database server installed on your systems by clicking it as shown in the image below


Click Finish setup and you’re done.


owncloud ubuntu

Congratulations! You have successfully installed OwnCloud on Ubuntu `17.04 | 17.10

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  1. Hi, i have a issue, my owcnloud with my own domain works only for a few minutes, before that, the owncloud crash and appears the next message “The requested URL was not found on this server.”, but if a refresh or log in in the computer where the owncloud was install the owncloud back again, do you have some idea, why this happend?

  2. Hello,
    Thanks for this tutorial. I did my owncloud server in a local network and it’s working very well through android app and browser. But i would like to use it in public. I tried to port forward in many ways but no success and modify the owncloud.conf file, but it’s the same i can’t access to my cloud. I know it’s a redirection’s problem but i’m lost, i don’t know how to solve it.
    Any help is welcome.

  3. Then open your browser and browse to the server domain name followed by install. You should see OwnCloud setup wizard to complete. Please follow the wizard carefully.
    I couldn’t understand this. Can you be more specific. Sorry i finished all the previous steps but since i couldn’t understand this i am waiting for this

  4. Hi i tried the above tuorial and stuck on the part where you have to configure and create a owncloud.conf file.

    what servername and alias do i need to put? i dont have a domain name and i am just accessing this through ip address of my server?

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