How To Install and Setup ownCloud on Arch Linux
This guide assumes that a LAMP stack is installed and configured on the system. Click here to get that set up. If at any time a command or file requires changes, the text that needs to be changed will be in red.
What is ownCloud?
ownCloud is an open source online storage solution, similar to Dropbox or Google Drive. The benefit to ownCloud is that the server is on a location that you install it to, not on someone else’s server.
The benefit of using Arch Linux to install ownCloud is that the official repository “Community” has an ownCloud package that is easily installed and configured.
You will need to have LAMP installed (as previously stated) and the MDB2 pear module installed.
pacman -Sy php-pear pear install MDB2
You will then install ownCloud from the repos.
pacman -Sy owncloud
You will then need to copy the sample configuration file to make it usable.
# cp /etc/webapps/owncloud/apache.example.conf /etc/httpd/conf/extra/owncloud.conf
Then you need to make it available to Apache. Just add the following line to
You will then need to enable the following list of php extensions in
/etc/php/php.ini. All of the lines that need to be uncommented will look like
;extension=module.so. Just remove the semicolon (;) to uncomment it.
You will also want to disable the built in Webdav in apache. Open
/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf and find the lines
LoadModule dav_module and
LoadModule dav_fs_module modules/mod_dav_fs.so and comment them both out with a hash.
# LoadModule dav_module modules/mod_dav.so # LoadModule dav_fs_module modules/mod_dav_fs.so
You will then open
/etc/httpd/conf/extra/owncloud.conf and edit the
file to your liking.
<IfModule mod_alias.c> Alias /owncloud /usr/share/webapps/owncloud/ </IfModule> <Directory /usr/share/webapps/owncloud/> Options FollowSymlinks Order allow,deny AllowOverride all allow from all php_admin_value open_basedir "/srv/http/:/home/:/tmp/:/usr/share/pear/:/usr/$ </Directory> <VirtualHost *:80> ServerAdmin email@example.com DocumentRoot /usr/share/webapps/owncloud ServerName owncloud.example.com ErrorLog logs/owncloud.foo.info-error_log CustomLog logs/owncloud.foo.info-access_log common </VirtualHost>
Then you will need to create a mysql database for ownCloud.
$ mysql -u root -p sql> CREATE DATABASE owncloud; sql> CREATE USER 'owncloud'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY '<span style="color: red">password'; sql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON owncloud TO 'owncloud'@'localhost' WITH GRANT OPTION; sql> \q
Now, just restart (or start, just replace restart with start)
httpd and the installation will be complete.
# systemctl restart httpd
You will want to make the owncloud webapp folder readable to the http user.
# chown -R http.http /usr/share/webapps/owncloud
Open a web browser (Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.) and visit your IP or domain name and the path to whatever alias you set in
/etc/httpd/conf/extra/owncloud.conf (e.g. http://example.com/owncloud). And input your desired username, password, and all the database information like in the image below).
Congratulations, ownCloud is set up and ready!