How to install ownCloud

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 'asc' and choose 'Copy link Address'. Then run 'wget' to download this file.
    [server]$ wget
  8. Next, download the ownCloud gpg .asc file. This will be used to verify the authenticity of the .tar.bz2 file to ensure it's safe to use.
    [server]$ wget
  9. Import the owncloud.asc file
    [server]$ gpg --import owncloud.asc
  10. Use this owncloud.asc file to verify your .tar.bz2.asc file against your .tar.bz2 file.
    [server]$ gpg --verify owncloud-10.0.8.tar.bz2.asc owncloud-10.0.8.tar.bz2
    gpg: Signature made Thu 19 Apr 2018 12:01:51 PM PDT using RSA key ID F6978A26
    gpg: Good signature from "ownCloud <[email protected]>"
  11. If it says 'Good signature', 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.
  12. In your browser, navigate to the /owncloud folder. The URL is most likely something like
    owncloud installing.png
  13. 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.

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