ownCloud provides data access using web interface. It also provides options to sync and share across devices—all under your control. Using ownCloud we can easily implement restrictions on file (ACLs) per user. ownCloud provides its desktop clients (Windows, MAC, Linux) as well as mobile apps (Android and iPhone) to keep our data sync on your device.

This tutorial will help you to install ownCloud 10 on Ubuntu 19.10, 18.04 LTS & 16.04 LTS systems.

Step 1 – Install LAMP Server

To start setup with ownCloud, we first need to set up a running LAMP server. If you have already running LAMP stack skip this step else use followings commands to set up the LAMP on the Ubuntu system.

Install PHP

Install PHP 5.6 or higher version on your Debian system

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y php php-gd php-curl php-zip php-dom php-xml php-simplexml php-mbstring

Install Apache2

sudo apt-get install -y apache2 libapache2-mod-php

Install MySQL

sudo apt-get install -y mysql-server php-mysql

Step 2 – Download ownCloud Source

After successfully configuring lamp server on your system, Let’s download latest ownCloud from its official website.

cd /tmp
wget https://download.owncloud.org/community/owncloud-10.4.0.tar.bz2

Now extract downloaded archive under website document root and setup appropriate permissions on files and directories.

cd /var/www/html
sudo tar xjf /tmp/owncloud-10.4.0.tar.bz2
sudo chown -R www-data:www-data owncloud
sudo chmod -R 755 owncloud

Now, remove the archive file.

sudo rm -f /tmp/owncloud-10.4.0.tar.bz2

Step 3 – Create MySQL Database and User

After extracting code, let’s create a MySQL database and user account for configuring ownCloud. Use following set of command to login to MySQL server and create database and user.

$ mysql -u root -p
Enter password:

mysql> CREATE DATABASE owncloud;
mysql> GRANT ALL ON owncloud.* to 'owncloud'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY '_password_';
mysql> quit

Step 4 – Install ownCloud with Web Installer

Now access the ownCloud directory on a web browser as below. Change localhost to your server IP address or domain name.


Enter new admin credentials to create an admin account and provide the location of the data folder.

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Now slide your page down and input the database credentials and click on Finish Setup.

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After completing the setup you will get the admin dashboard. Where you can create users, groups and assigned them permissions, etc.

install owncloud Dashboard