Fix – OwnCloud is in Maintenance Mode After Upgrade

I’m running Ubuntu, I just updated my OwnCloud instance and after the install finished I opened the web GUI and it says, “This ownCloud instance is currently in maintenance mode, which may take a while”.

This ownCloud instance is currently in maintenance mode, which may take a while

Here are 2 simple methods to disable maintenance mode:

Using OCC Command

1. First change the directory to owncloud using the following command:

cd /var/www/owncloud


2. Once there run:

sudo -u www-data php occ maintenance:mode --off


Done! that should disable maintenance mode.

Another option is editing the config.php here is how:

Edit the Config.php

In the terminal run:

gksu gedit /var/www/owncloud/config/config.php


You’ll be prompted to enter admin password.


Now edit maintenance mode ==> false


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3 Responses

  1. neil says:

    In point 2/ above there is a slight typo – a hyphen is missing in command:
    sudo -u www-data php occ maintenance:mode โ€“off

    It should read:
    sudo -u www-data php occ maintenance:mode –off

    Thank you for this fix, I really appreciate what you do on here ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Miguel says:

      Thanks for noticing but I dont see a difference in the command you suggest and the one I wrote.

  2. Peer says:

    In case you don’t have SSH-access to your webserver or the server is not your own
    1. Use FTP to get the file “config/config.php”
    2. Change “maintenance” to “false”
    3. Upload the new version of the file to the server