Setting up Raspberry Pi for Owncloud 10 Server

1. Turn on the Raspberry Pi. From the terminal or SSH enter the following command:

sudo raspi-config

The following changes needs to be made in the Raspberry Pi configuration

a. Expand the root filesystem to have enough space for the cloud
Select “Advanced Options” –> “Expand Filesystem” (if available)

b. Change user password
For Security when accessing form the WAN

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c. Change locale to en_US.UTF8
Select “Localisation Options” –> “Change Locale

d. Memory split, allocate 16M to video graphics
Select “Advanced Options” –> “Memory Split

e. Overclock to Modest or Medium
Select “Overclock” (if available)

Then Finish, and auto reboot. Upon re-boot you would need to update the RPI and its packages.

Update the Raspberry Pi and its packages

sudo su
apt update && apt upgrade

Now we need to install and configure LAMP Server.

Install LAMP Server

Open Terminal or simply ssh to the Raspberry pi.

Install Apache web server

apt install apache2 -y

Start and enable Apache on boot

systemctl start apache2

systemctl enable apache2

Install the required packages:

We need to install  additional packages required by Owncloud Server

apt install -y apache2 mariadb-server libapache2-mod-php7.0 \
    php7.0-gd php7.0-json php7.0-mysql php7.0-curl \
    php7.0-intl php7.0-mcrypt php-imagick \
    php7.0-zip php7.0-xml php7.0-mbstring

Install Owncloud:

Download Owncloud 10 package:

cd /tmp

wget https://download.owncloud.org/community/owncloud-10.0.10.tar.bz2

Extract Owncloud and change the permission

tar -xvf owncloud-10.0.10.tar.bz2

chown -R www-data:www-data owncloud

It will produce a new directory called owncloud. We need to move this directory to /var/www/html/ directory

mv owncloud /var/www/html/

Exit /tmp directory.


Configure Apache Web Server

Create a new configuration file under /etc/apache2/sites-available

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/owncloud.conf

And then paste these lines and save it

Alias /owncloud "/var/www/html/owncloud/"

<Directory /var/www/html/owncloud/>
 Options +FollowSymlinks
 AllowOverride All

<IfModule mod_dav.c>
 Dav off

SetEnv HOME /var/www/html/owncloud
SetEnv HTTP_HOME /var/www/html/owncloud


Create Symbolic link

sudo su
ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/owncloud.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/owncloud.conf

Additional apache configuration

Execute these commands to enable some modules

a2enmod headers
systemctl restart apache2
a2enmod env
a2enmod dir
a2enmod mime

Create a MySQL database and user:

mysql -u root -p

You’ll be prompted to enter the Pi User password. Then execute the underneath commands in blue:

MariaDB [(none)]> create database owncloud;
 Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)

MariaDB [(none)]> create user [email protected] identified by '12345';
 Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

MariaDB [(none)]> grant all privileges on owncloud.* to [email protected] identified by '12345';
 Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

MariaDB [(none)]> flush privileges;
 Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

MariaDB [(none)]> exit;

Configure Owncloud via web browser

If you’re mounting and external hard drive for additional storage capacity skip this step and continue to Mounting and Setting up an external hard drive underneath.

If you are NOT mounting and external hard drive proceed to open the web browser and type the following address:

Change the IP address in blue to your Raspberry pi IP address. You will see the following Owncloud configuration window:

Install ownCloud 10 on Raspberry pi 3 with Raspbian Stretch Installed

Here enter a username and password to create an admin account then immediately underneath enter your MySQL details as follow:

Username: owncloud
Password: 12345
Database: owncloud
Server: localhost

Click on ‘Finish Setup’ button. That’s it. We’re good to go. Owncloud 10 installed on Raspbian Stretch is now ready for use.

Mounting and Setting up an external hard drive

These instructions are for mounting an NTFS formatted hard drive and allowing ownCloud to store files onto it. Now would be a good time to plug in the external Hard Drive to the RPI.

1. Having an NTFS drive we will need to install a NFTS package by entering the following:

sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g -y

2. Make a directory we can mount to:

sudo mkdir /media/ownclouddrive

3. Create and add the www-data user to the www-data group:

sudo groupadd www-data
sudo usermod -a -G www-data www-data

4. Make the user www-data owner of the mounted drive and make its permissions read, write and execute:

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /media/ownclouddrive
sudo chmod -R 775 /media/ownclouddrive

5. Now we need to get the gid, uid and the uuid as we will need to use them so the pi will remember it even if we plug it into a different USB port. Enter the following command for the gid:

id -g www-data

6. Now to get the uid enter the following command:

id -u www-data

7. Also we meed to get the UUID of the attached external hard drive so the Pi can remember this drive even if you plug it into a different USB port.

ls -l /dev/disk/by-uuid

8. Then copy the light blue letters and numbers of the sda1 entry usually located on the bottom. Should look something like (numbers&letters -> ../../sda1). See picture below:


9. Now add your drive into the fstab file so it’ll boot with the proper permissions.

sudo nano /etc/fstab

10. Add the following line to the bottom of the file, updating uid, guid and the UUID with the values we got above. (It should all be a single line). Dont forget to replace the UUIDnumber to yours in stead of the one you copied from here.

UUID=F6941E59941E1D25 /media/ownclouddrive auto nofail,uid=33,gid=33,umask=0027,dmask=0027,noatime 0 0

11. Reboot the Raspberry Pi:

sudo reboot

12. Now the drives should automatically be mounted. If mounted we’re all good to go. To check it enter:

sudo ls /media/ownclouddrive
Personal Cloud Storage

If there are files inside the drive you should be able to see them here. If it’s an empty drive you might not see anything so don’t be surprise if nothing shows up.

If you want to be absolutely positive that the drive is properly mounted, unplug the drive from the RPI plug it onto a PC since the drive is formatted “NTFS” it should be easily detected by the PC, open it, create an txt file name it test, then eject it and plug it back to the RPI and run the following command:

sudo ls /media/ownclouddrive

The txt file you created should be there.

Basic First Access Setup

1. Open your browser and enter the IP address provided, in my case is you’ll be directed to your ownCloud storage server.

2. You should be presented with a simple setup screen, Here enter a username and password to create an admin account.

3. Click on Storage & database dropdown and enter your external hard drive directory: /media/ownclouddrive (Skip this if you didn’t setup an external drive).

4. Immediately underneath enter your MySQL details as follow:

Username: owncloud
Password: 12345
Database: owncloud
Server: localhost

5. Click on ‘Finish Setup’ button. That’s it. We’re good to go. Owncloud 10 installed on Raspbian Stretch is now ready for use.

Done! !! all is left is to configure your devices to access your ownCloud storage.

External Access

To allow devices like your phone or tablet to access your cloud from anywhere in the world with internet access you must enable SSL then enable port forward:

Port Forward

Log into your router and get the WAN IP address:


Or Google what is my IP address?


Now we need to add the WAN IP to your trusted IP list and not to be overwritten by ownCloud. To do this open the Owncloud config file, enter:

sudo nano /var/www/html/owncloud/config/config.php

Here add the WAN IP (External IP address) you just got from the router or Google to the trusted domains array. Your new entry should look something like this:

1 => 'xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx',

X are just placeholders. Replace the X’s with the WAN IP Address.

Now update the URL of the overwrite.cli.url line with your WAN IP Address. It should look something like this:

'overwrite.cli.url' => 'https://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx/owncloud',

Here is an example of the completed config.txt file.


Once done save and exit the the config.php.

Now log into your router and navigate to the port forward section.


Port forward SSL port 443 to the Raspberry pi internal IP (LAN IP)  address and save settings.


Now your RPI ownCloud is ready to be accessed externally (WAN) and from your devices just download the ownCloud App and enter: “https:// WAN IP Address” on the address bar or devices. below is an example:


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