Step-by-step guide to deploy Nextcloud on DreamCompute


In this tutorial we are going to install Nextcloud on two DreamCompute instances, one for the application itself and one for the database it uses. We’ll install and configure all necessary components without making use of automatic configuration management systems. Future tutorials will cover automation.

First you need to deploy 2 Ubuntu 14.04LTS virtual machines. It’s better to boot volume backed instances as they are permanent as opposed to ephemeral disks. You can do this in the DreamCompute dashboard. Once you have those instances up and running, you need to add a security group to the instance that runs the database so that it allows TCP on port 3306, the MySQL/MariaDB port. That can be done with the web interface or the nova command line client as well.

Installing MariaDB

In order to install MariaDB on your database server, first login to the server with:

[user@localhost]$ ssh user@$IP

changing the IP to your server’s public IP address. Then run

[user@dbserver]$ sudo su -

this creates a root shell, which you will need because you have to have administrator rights to install things system-wide. Now that you have a root shell you can install mariadb by running:

[root@dbserver]# apt update mariadb-server
[root@dbserver]# apt install mariadb-server

It will ask for a root password for the Database, enter whatever you want and remember it, you will need it later.

Configuring MariaDB

Changing the bind address

Open the /etc/mysql/my.conf file in an editor and edit the line that says

bind-address            =

and change it to

bind-address            = $IP

where $IP is the IP address of the DB server.


If you have private networking enabled, this will be the private IP address and not the floating IP if your DB server has one.

This makes the database listen to connections from it’s IP address instead of only listening on, which is localhost.

Allowing root login from a foreign IP address

Now our database will listen to connections from other servers, but we have to allow root to login from another IP address. We do this by logging into the DB as root with

[root@dbserver]# mysql -u root

Then run:

use mysql;
create database nextcloud;
GRANT ALL ON nextcloud.* TO nextcloud@'$IP' IDENTIFIED BY '$PASSWORD';
flush privileges;

where $IP is the IP address of your application instance, and $PASSWORD is the password you want to set for the root user of the database. This creates a nextcloud user and a nextcloud database for nextcloud to store its data in.


If you want to allow root login from any IP address, change $IP to ‘%’, but this is not recommended, especially if your database server has a public IP address, because then anyone can try access it.

now restart the mariadb service so the new configs are loaded by running:

[root@dbserver]# service mysql restart

Installing the Nextcloud application

Installing Dependencies

Now that we have a database that Nextcloud can use, we need to deploy the frontend application. First login to the server that you will be installing Nextcloud on. Create a root shell again by running

[user@webserver]$ sudo su -

Then run

[root@webserver]# apt install apache2 php unzip
[root@webserver]# apt install libxml2-dev php-zip php-dom \
    php-xmlwriterphp-xmlreader php-gd php-curl php-mbstring \
    libapache2-mod-php libapache2-mod-php7.0 libapr1 libaprutil1 \
    libaprutil1-dbd-sqlite3 libaprutil1-ldap libevent-core-2.0-5 \
    liblua5.1-0 php-common php-mysql php7.0-cli php7.0-common php7.0-json \
    php7.0-mysql php7.0-opcache php7.0-readline \

to install the packages that Nextcloud requires to run.

Downloading Nextcloud

Now we need to download the actual Nextcloud application. Do this by going to in a browser and right click the Download Nextcloud link and click copy link location then in your root shell run

[root@webserver]# wget $URL

where $URL is the URL you just copied. This will download a compressed copy of the Nextcloud application. Decompress the file by running

[root@webserver]# unzip

nextcloud-9.0.0.tar.bz2 is the name of the file you just downloaded and nextcloud-9.0.0.tar is the directory created by running the bzip2 command. The version numbers for your download might be different from mine. This should create a directory called “nextcloud” in your current directory.

Setting up the nextcloud directory

First we need to copy Nextcloud to the right directory. We will be running it out of /var/www/nextcloud. To copy it run

[root@webserver]# cp -R nextcloud /var/www/

Now we want to change the permissions of the nextcloud directory so that the web user, www-data in our case, can access it. Do this by running

[root@webserver]# chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/nextcloud

Configuring Apache

Now that we have Nextcloud in the right place, we need to configure Apache to use it. To do this we must create a file in /etc/apache2/sites-available called “nextcloud.conf” and make it’s contents

Alias /nextcloud "/var/www/nextcloud/"

<Directory /var/www/nextcloud/>
  Options +FollowSymlinks
  AllowOverride All

 <IfModule mod_dav.c>
  Dav off

 SetEnv HOME /var/www/nextcloud
 SetEnv HTTP_HOME /var/www/nextcloud


Then symlink /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/nextcloud.conf to /etc/apache2/sites-available/nextcloud.conf by running

[root@webserver]# ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/nextcloud.conf \

Nextcloud also needs certain apache modules to run properly, enable them by running

[root@webserver]# a2enmod rewrite

You should also use SSL with Nextcloud to protect login information and data, Apache installed on Ubuntu comes with a self-signed cert. To enable SSL using that cert run

[root@webserver]# a2enmod ssl
[root@webserver]# a2ensite default-ssl
[root@webserver]# service apache2 restart

Finishing the Installation

Now everything is configured on the server, open a browser and visit https://IP/nextcloud where IP is the IP address of your application instance. Create an admin account using the web interface. Then fill in the details for the database. The database user is “root”, the password is the root password for the database, the host is the IP address of your database server, and the database name can be set to anything, I recommend “nextcloud”. Then continue and BAM you have a working Nextcloud.


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