Owncloud – Setup your local own cloud server


Owncloud is an open source software suite to sync and share solution that can be accessed from web, mobile devices and your personal computers as well. It also gives you access your files through a web interface or WebDAV. It provides web services including file sharing, Audio/Video streaming, calender, contacts and much more.

Some of the notable features of Owncloud are:

  • File storage.
  • Synchronization to personal computers.
  • Calendar.
  • Task scheduler.
  • Address book(Contacts).
  • Audio / Video Streaming.
  • User and group administration.
  • Sharing of content across groups or public URLs.
  • Bookmarks.
  • Photo gallery.
  • PDF and ODF viewer.

Installation of Owncloud in Linux mint 14 / Ubuntu 12.10:

By default Owncloud software is included in Ubuntu/Linux mint Repositories. So you don’t have to download.
Fire up the Terminal by pressing CTRL+ALT+T and enter the following command:

  • apt-get install owncloud*

Restart the Apache Server:
Open your browser and enter the following:

Create a Admin account and click Finish setup:
Thats it you’re done. The main window of your cloud should look like this:
The main window consists of four sections such as Files, Music, Contacts, Calender and pictures.

Files:
We can upload or download our files through here. For example let us add some audio, video, picture and documents. To add a file click the upload icon in the top left corner of the Files section. Select the files to be added and you’re done:
Music:

This section contains the media files which we uploaded earlier in the Files section. Click an item and click play button to play the file:
Contacts:
This section stores the contacts information of the users. To add a contact click Add Contact and fill up details of the user:
Calender:
The calender section lets you to add events for the users and groups:
Pictures:
This section contains the pictures which we uploaded earlier in the Files section. You can maximize the picture by clicking on the respective picture.
Next let us see Settings page of OwnCloud server. Click the Settings icon in the lower left corner of the Main window. In the Personal section you can do modifying user password, Timezone, Time format and import/export users etc.
We can add/delete users and groups in the Users Section. And also we can set the user quotas here.
The Apps section shows you the list applications currently installed. We can enable/disable applications here.
In the Admin section you can modify the upload size of the files, Enable sharing the files across users and viewing logs etc.

9 thoughts on “Owncloud – Setup your local own cloud server

  1. Hi! I love your tips for installing ownCloud on Linux Mint. This works and is very easy but it seems to install a rather old version of ownCloud 3.0.0.
    Do you have instructions to either install the the newest version or an easy way to upgrade to it? I really like Mint and I am a Linux newbie but I enjoy learning and I am excited about the possibilities of ownCloud. Thanks!

    • Doug add the owncloud ppa and you can update owncloud to latest version easily. Enter the below commands in terminal.
      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jr/ppa
      sudo apt-get update owncloud

      Hope it helps you. Good day.

  2. Hello again. Thanks for the tips. The repository updated just fine. When I run the last part: sudo apt-get update owncloud I get this message: E: The update command tales no arguments. Thanks!

    • Doug try the following command instead. If the repository has new version of owncloud, it will be automatically updated.
      sudo apt-get update

      Hope it helps.

      • Thanks. I did some reading on the apt-get command and figured that out :-)
        I see that I have a newer version 4.0.5 instead of 3.0.0 from earlier. How often do the repositories get updated? It seems a bit behind the current releases. Is that typical for Linux repositories? Thank again for your help!

  3. Doug glad its work for you. I don’t know how often repositories got updated. Whenever a new version is released you will get notification. Good day.

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