Is it possible to mount DO Spaces as external storage in Nextcloud as I mount AWS S3 storage?

I’m using $5 Droplet for my Nextcloud instance. It is possible to mount AWS S3 buckets in Nextcloud as an external storage. So is it possible to mount Spaces as S3?

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Andrew SB
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October 11, 2017
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Yes! Spaces was designed to be compatible with S3 in order to take advantage of existing integration just like this. In order to mount a Space for external storage, you first need to enable the External Storage Support plugin just as you would for S3.

Next, add a new mount from the External Storages menu in the Admin panel. In the Bucket field, add the name of your Space. In the Host field, enter In the Region field, use nyc3. You can fine the needed Access Key and Secret Key for your Spaces account on the Applications & API page of the DigitalOcean control panel. Finally, make sure to select Enable SSL. When successfully configured, a green dot should appear:

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Additionally, you might want to enable sharing. This can be done the the Advanced Settings which can be accessed by click the “cog” icon on the right:

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November 7, 2023

Hello all,

Yes this is possible. You can use both Spaces and Block Storage Volumes as additional/external storage in NextCloud

You can also check this question that was previosly asked in our community here:

I would recommend using Space for backups and data which is more like kept for backup purposes.

Block Storage can be used as a local storage in case you need the extra space locally on your droplet.


Is it possible to add only a folder in a space? I have my space set as primary storage but I’d like to have more granular control over who sees what folders. If I could add folders individually, I could set group access rights to each folder.

Unfortunately NextCloud’s group folders app only works at the root level so any folders I make in it don’t show up at all if i’m using a space for primary.

I love this setup so far, I just don’t want to have to pay for a new space just to give each person a private folder!

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