How to setup Owncloud for your own server

Install owncloud on own server.
First add an apache virtualhost.



Create the following:

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /var/www/virtual/

Create a “A” record in the DNS panel for

A [myipaddress]

Create the virtual directory:

mkdir -p /var/www/virtual/
chown -R www-data.www-data /var/www/virtual/

Download and uncompress the latest owncloud installation package [Available at ]
tar xf owncloud-8.0.3.tar.bz2
mv owncloud/* ./
rm owncloud-8.0.3.tar.bz2
rm -rf owncloud/

Install php gd module, php5-curl and php5-mysql:

sudo apt-get install php5-gd php5-curl php5-mysql

Set always_populate_raw_post_data to -1 in your php.ini
Now to set the appropriate value in php.ini, first I have to locate the correct php.ini to edit.

find /etc -iname 'php.ini'

Now locate the location of the setting:

grep -in 'always_populate_raw_post_data' /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini
704:;always_populate_raw_post_data = -1

Edit the correct line with emacs:

emacs /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini
Alt-G G 704

takes me to the correct line to edit. Remove the two leading semicolons.

Restart apache2 server:

service apache2 restart

Now reload in your browser.

Now I got a security warning:
Your data directory and files are probably accessible from the internet because the .htaccess file does not work.
For information how to properly configure your server, please see the documentation.

This means that htaccess is not enabled for the server. So to setup .htaccess for apache:

Edit /etc/apache2/sites-available/default
emacs /etc/apache2/sites-available/default

Add the “AllowOverride All” directive.
So the block now looks like:

DocumentRoot /var/www/virtual/

AllowOverride All

If while editing apache directive files, you face issues, run: systemctl status apache2.service Or journalctl -xn for details

Create database with mysql:
mysql -u root -p
mysql> CREATE DATABASE ‘owncloudie’;
mysql> USE owncloudie;
mysql> CREATE USER ‘cloudsrvrusr’@’localhost’ IDENTIFIED BY ‘mypassword’;
mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON owncloudie.* TO ‘cloudsrvrusr’@’localhost’ WITH GRANT OPTION;
mysql> EXIT;

Restart apache2, and reload the install page.

Now, add an admin username and password, and add the database details that we created with mysql.
When you click on ‘Finish setup’, mysql installation will be over, and you can login as administrator.
Create users.

Download the Desktop client at, and the Android client from

To create ssl:

mkdir -p /etc/apache2/ssl
openssl req -x509 -nodes -days 365 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout /etc/apache2/ssl/apache.key -out /etc/apache2/ssl/apache.crt
emacs /etc/apache2/sites-available/default-ssl.conf
<IfModule mod_ssl.c>
    <VirtualHost _default_:443>
        ServerAdmin [email protected]
        DocumentRoot /var/www/virtual/
        ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
        CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined
        SSLEngine on
        SSLCertificateFile /etc/apache2/ssl/apache.crt
        SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/apache2/ssl/apache.key
        <FilesMatch "\.(cgi|shtml|phtml|php)$">
                        SSLOptions +StdEnvVars
        <Directory /usr/lib/cgi-bin>
                        SSLOptions +StdEnvVars
        BrowserMatch "MSIE [2-6]" \
                        nokeepalive ssl-unclean-shutdown \
                        downgrade-1.0 force-response-1.0
        BrowserMatch "MSIE [17-9]" ssl-unclean-shutdown
a2ensite default-ssl.conf
service apache2 reload