Owncloud installation on Linux



ownCloud is a free and opensource file sharing server. It can be used to store Personal content like Documents, images, files in a centralized location like dropbox.

Read also: Next cloud installation on Linux

In this article, We will be known about the installation of ownCloud on CentOS7 and RHEL7.



  • Install Lamp stack and PHP modules
  • Create Database/User
  • Install and Configure Owncloud

Lamp installation

The lamp is the acronym for Linux, Apache, Mysql/MariaDB and Php. The detailed guide to installing LAMP stack is here: Installation of Lamp stack on Linux

We can also install Lamp simply from the following command

#rpm -Uvh https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm
#rpm -Uvh https://mirror.webtatic.com/yum/el7/webtatic-release.rpm
#yum -y install httpd mariadb mariadb-server php56w php56w-opcache

Now install the PHP Modules as follows

#yum -y install php56w-iconv php56w-mbstring php56w-curl php56w-openssl php56w-tokenizer php56w-xmlrpc php56w-soap php56w-ctype php56w-zip php56w-gd php56w-simplexml php56w-spl php56w-pcre php56w-dom php56w-xml php56w-intl php56w-json php56w-ldap php56w-mysql

Now enable and start httpd and MariDB services as follows

#systemctl enable httpd mariadb
#systemctl start httpd mariadb

By default the root password for MariaDB is empty.so now we have to set the password for the root in MariaDB.

[root@localhost ~]# mysql_secure_installation


In order to log into MariaDB to secure it, we'll need the current
password for the root user.  If you've just installed MariaDB, and
you haven't set the root password yet, the password will be blank,
so you should just press enter here.

Enter current password for root (enter for none):
OK, successfully used password, moving on...

Setting the root password ensures that nobody can log into the MariaDB
root user without the proper authorisation.

Set root password? [Y/n] y
New password:
Re-enter new password:
Password updated successfully!
Reloading privilege tables..
 ... Success!

By default, a MariaDB installation has an anonymous user, allowing anyone
to log into MariaDB without having to have a user account created for
them.  This is intended only for testing, and to make the installation
go a bit smoother.  You should remove them before moving into a
production environment.

Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] y
 ... Success!

Normally, root should only be allowed to connect from 'localhost'.  This
ensures that someone cannot guess at the root password from the network.

Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] y
 ... Success!

By default, MariaDB comes with a database named 'test' that anyone can
access.  This is also intended only for testing, and should be removed
before moving into a production environment.

Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] y
 - Dropping test database...
 ... Success!
 - Removing privileges on test database...
 ... Success!

Reloading the privilege tables will ensure that all changes made so far
will take effect immediately.

Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] y
 ... Success!

Cleaning up...

All done!  If you've completed all of the above steps, your MariaDB
installation should now be secure.

Thanks for using MariaDB!

Create Database/User

Connect to MariaDB by using the following command

#mysql -u root -p

Now create the database, user and then grant the permissions to user as follows

[root@localhost ~]# mysql -u root -p
Enter password:
Welcome to the MariaDB monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MariaDB connection id is 11
Server version: 5.5.52-MariaDB MariaDB Server

Copyright (c) 2000, 2016, Oracle, MariaDB Corporation Ab and others.

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.

MariaDB [(none)]> create database owncloud_database;
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)

MariaDB [(none)]> create user 'user1'@'localhost' identified by 'password';
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

MariaDB [(none)]> grant all privileges on owncloud_database.* to 'user1'@'localhost';
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

MariaDB [(none)]> exit

Now download the latest version of ownCloud from their official site

#wget https://download.owncloud.org/community/owncloud-9.1.3.tar.bz2

Extract it and then copy it to the /var/www/html/ directory.

#tar -xvf  owncloud-9.1.3.tar.bz2 #cp -rf owncloud /var/www/html/#chown -R apache /var/www/html/owncloud/

Now restart the httpd service as follows

#systemctl restart httpd

Access the Owncloud in web browser by using the Address https://ip-address/owncloud

Here create an admin user then click on storage& database to setup database settings, after that click on finish.

Once the installation completes it shows the window  as follows

The dashboard of Owncloud

Enjoy all your files at one place by using ownCloud.


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