How To Install and Setup ownCloud on Arch Linux

Published on February 28, 2014

Mark Weiman

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 /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf.

Include /etc/httpd/conf/extra/owncloud.conf

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 modules/mod_dav.so 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/
<Directory /usr/share/webapps/owncloud/>
   Options FollowSymlinks
   Order allow,deny
   AllowOverride all
   allow from all
   php_admin_value open_basedir
<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

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
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).

oc setup

Congratulations, ownCloud is set up and ready!

<div class=“author”>Submitted by: <a href=“http://markzz.com/”>Mark Weiman</a></div>

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in the above doesn't show up correctly, or is it my browser?

*  ```sql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON owncloud TO 'owncloud'@'localhost' WITH

should read 

```sql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON owncloud,* TO 'owncloud'@'localhost' WITH

Did you just copy this off the Arch wiki?

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