Install OwnCloud 10 on Raspberry Pi 3 with Raspbian Installed

Our goal is to install ownCloud 10 on the Raspberry pi with Raspbian installed. We are not just installing ownCloud but also enable access from anywhere in the world with internet access.

If you don’t have a Raspberry PI I would personally recommend buying the Raspberry pi-3 kit with a 32 GB Micro SD card so that you don’t have to mount an external drive. unless you want to store more than 32GB of data.

If you haven’t installed Raspbian then check out my guide on How to install Raspbian.

Setting up Raspberry Pi for ownCloud 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. Change user password
For Security when accessing form the WAN

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

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

Install Apache 2 and SQLite

sudo apt-get install apache2 sqlite
sudo service apache2 restart

Install PHP

sudo apt-get install php php-gd php-sqlite3 php-curl libapache2-mod-php

Install SMB Client

sudo apt-get install smbclient

PHP extensions needed to use ownCloud

sudo apt-get install php-mysql php-mbstring php-gettext php-intl php-redis php-imagick php-igbinary php-gmp php-curl php-gd php-zip php-imap php-ldap php-bz2 php-phpseclib php-xml

Register ownCloud trusted key

wget -nv -O Release.key
sudo apt-key add - < Release.key

Add the official ownCloud package repository to Raspbian

echo 'deb /' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list
apt-get update

Enable the Apache mod_rewrite module

sudo a2enmod rewrite
systemctl restart apache2

Install Maria Database

sudo apt install mariadb-server mariadb-client

Configure the 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 owncloud@localhost identified by ‘12345’;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

MariaDB [(none)]> grant all privileges on owncloud.* to owncloud@localhost 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;


Dowload and Install ownCloud


Once downloaded, unzip the zipped package to the /var/www/ directory.

unzip -d /var/www/

Set permissions

chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/owncloud/
chmod -R 755 /var/www/owncloud/

Configure Apache

Edit the Apache default site configuration file

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default.conf

Change DocumentRoot /var/www/html to DocumentRoot /var/www/owncloud

Apache default site configuration file

Then save and exit

Restart apache:

sudo systemctl restart apache2

Create data directory for ownCloud

mkdir /media/data
mkdir /media/data/owncloud

Change owner and group permissions to www-data

sudo chown www-data:www-data -R /media/data/owncloud

Basic First Access Setup

Get the IP from the Raspberry pi



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 create a username and password to create an admin account.

3. Click on Storage & database drop-down and enter your external hard drive directory: /media/data/owncloud

4. Immediately underneath enter your Mariadb 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.

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

Port Forward for External Access

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/owncloud/config/config.php


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 => '',

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' => '',

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


Once done save and restart the nginx service:

sudo service nginx restart

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


Now 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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