How to install ownCloud


ownCloud version 10.4 is only compatible with PHP 7.2 and 7.3. ownCloud is currently working on version 10.5, which should add in PHP 7.4 compatibility. See the following article if you need to adjust the PHP version on your domain:

This article walks you through installing ownCloud using SSH. Please review the following articles before beginning as you'll need access to a terminal and basic knowledge of how to run Shell commands:

Enable the PHP intl extension

ownCloud requires the PHP intl extension to function. This is not enabled by default on your server,  so you must manually enable it using the following article:

Make sure to confirm it's loaded using a phpinfo.php file before continuing.

Installing manually

  1. Visit ownCloud’s download page.
  2. Look for the section to download a 'Tar' or 'Zip' file.

    This example uses the Tar file.

  3. The next page details all steps to install. Right click the Download Tar button and choose 'Copy link Address'.
  4. Log into your server via SSH.
  5. Navigate to the directory you wish to install ownCloud
  6. Run a wget command to download the .tar.bz2 file. Type in wget, followed by the link you copied above.
    [server]$ wget
  7. Under the Download Tar button, right click 'sha256' and choose 'Copy link Address'. Then run wget to download this file.
    [server]$ wget
  8. Next, verify the sha256 signature against the .tar.bz2 file to ensure it's matches.
    [server]$ sha256sum -c owncloud-10.0.8.tar.bz2.sha256 < owncloud-10.0.8.tar.bz2
    owncloud-10.0.8.tar.bz2: OK
  9. If it says 'OK', decompress the file:
    [server]$ tar xvjf owncloud-10.0.8.tar.bz2
    This creates a new subdirectory called /owncloud in the same directory you ran the command.
  10. In your browser, navigate to the /owncloud folder. The URL is most likely something like
    owncloud installing.png
  11. Enter a username and password, and then click the Finish setup button.

Install a desktop client

You can also install a desktop client for Windows, Mac, and Linux. These allow you to interact with ownCloud from your local computer. Visit the following link for details:

Connecting to DreamObjects

Now that you've installed ownCloud, you can start using it to manage your data. If you're already using a DreamObjects account to store your data, you can link that to your ownCloud installation. View the following article for instructions:

Removing ownCoud

To remove your website ownCloud installation, just delete the directory of ownCloud files.

For the desktop clients, uninstall the program like any other program on your operating system.


After installing, you may see the following warning on the Settings > General page:

Transactional file locking should be configured to use memory-based locking, not the default slow database-based locking

This is just a recommendation to improve performance by installing Redis and using Memcache as noted here:

Since this installation requires sudo access, it is only possible on a Dedicated server, or DreamCompute as these plans allow for root/sudo access to the server:

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