Own cloud 7 – Your own dropbox

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A popular open source file storage  .With ownCloud you can synchronize  and share your files, calendar, contacts . Access your data from all your devices, on an open platform you can extend and modify.

ownCloud gives you control over your data. You decide what is shared with who and for how long . Access your data from your web browser, Android or iOS devices and your laptop and desktop.Add apps, external storage, or your own code.

Share personal data. In a self hosted cloud storage server.Unified and quick access dashboard  reports on the activity of shared folders ,send you emails about activities, sort files by name , size or date.

Edit Word documents and LibreOffice odt .Admins have control over the users behaviour ,can set passwords and expiration dates .Uploads and downloads are faster , file versioning was improved.


The setup starts in https://owncloud.org/install/

ownCloud (Server) can be installed on Windows and Linux operating systems, and is available via packages, sources, or a one file php installer. ownCloud provides ready-to-deploy packages for popular Linux distributions such as Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, RedHat Enterprise Linux, CentOS and openSUSE.

The repositories allow you to stay on an up-to-date version of ownCloud using your distributions’ update mechanism, with packages maintained by the ownCloud community.

For Ubuntu 14.04 run the following:

sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/isv:/ownCloud:/community/xUbuntu_14.04/ /' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install owncloud


You can add the repository key to apt. Keep in mind that the owner of the key may distribute updates, packages and repositories that your system will trust (more information). To add the key, run:

wget http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/isv:ownCloud:community/xUbuntu_14.04/Release.key
sudo apt-key add - < Release.key



The next step is  Login at http://your_ip/owncloud  to create an admin user and password.

owncloud03Complete a new admin name and  password . Then you will get a welcome page.


Some references

Look this video about own cloud. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA3tfBTvH0c#t=21


Accessing by a browser

Now from other computers in my network I can access easily through the web browser or webdav. I just point my browser to http://owncloud_server_ip/owncloud and I get the login page  where to start. If I login , i get a web file manager showing my root shared folder. Amazing!


Accessing Files Using WebDAV

Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) is a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) extension that facilitates collaboration between users in editing and managing documents and files stored on web servers.

Using WebDAV, you can access your ownCloud instance on every platform using the web interface. You can also optionally integrate your ownCloud access with your desktop.

Accessing Files with Gnome 3 and Nautilus File Manager

The URL that you have to use to connect to the ownCloud installation using Nautilus File Manager is:



A little bit different in Dolphin (kde)

In my case , I used Dolphin with the webdav://  prefix(instead davs) . It ask for admin user and password previously created.owncloud06

Next I can access to my own cloud shared folder.


 Plus: You will get a pdf complete-user manual inside your owncloud folder.



You will need changes one file in owncloud so other pcs can access to your server  or you will recieve this message “You are accessing the server from an untrusted domain. Please contact your administrator”.

You need to add the name of  your server to Trusted domains: Modify the file config/config.php

If your linux server es mylocalserver.local

<code>'trusted_domains' =&gt; array('myserver.com', 'mylocalserver.local', 'foo2.example.com:12321'),</code>




There are a lot of features well documented like :

  • Mount the file system with a command line installing the package : davfs2
  • Server to server sharing
  • Desktop or mobile client , used to sync files.
  • Encrypting files.
  • Storage quota
  • Contacts and calendar
  • Using the bookmark app
  • Redirect files to external storage (like Google drive) , etc.


owncloud is very functional – powerfull and out-of-the-box filesharing tool.