ownCloud is a web suite that provides a cloud storage over the network, data can be uploaded via web browser or using software client. Data will be stored on the server and can be downloaded or access any time with browser or desktop client or smartphone app. The project is based on PHP and a SQLite, MySQL, Oracle or PostgreSQL database, so it can run on all platforms that meet these requirements. It provides almost all possibility of functions that are available on commercial suites; it is released under AGPLv3 license, so you can setup own cloud storage server without any additional cost. Commercial version of ownCloud is also available.
The following are the list of features available on ownCloud.
- File storage in conventional directory structures
- Synchronization of data with th desktop, web client or mobile app.
- Calendar (also as CalDAV)
- Task scheduler
- Address book (also as CardDAV)
- Music streaming (through Ampache)
- User and group administration (via OpenID or LDAP)
- Sharing of content across groups or public URLs
- Online text editor with syntax highlighting and code folding
- URL shortening Suite
- Photo gallery
- PDF viewer (using pdf.js)
- Viewer for ODF Files (.odt, .odp, .ods)
New Features in ownCloud 7:
- Improved sharing between two owncloud installation.
Faster and more efficient design, suitable for mobile devices
Store, Access and Control
Here is the small guide to setup ownCloud 7 on openSUSE 13.2.
Download and Setup:
Add ownCloud repository in openSUSE 13.2.
zypper addrepo http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/isv:ownCloud:community/openSUSE_13.2/isv:ownCloud:community.repo
Refresh the packages.
When you refresh, system would ask you to accept repository key of ownCloud; type “a” and press enter.
Install ownCloud using following command.
zypper install owncloud
If you have installed MariaDB with ownCloud, it is recomended to run mysql_secure_installation.
MySQL server must be started before creating the database, login to MySQL server.
mysql -u root -p
Create database called “clouddb”
create database clouddb;
Allow “clouddbuser” to access the “clouddb” database on localhost with predefined password.
grant all on clouddb.* to 'clouddbuser'@'localhost' identified by 'password';
Start apache service.
service apache2 restart
Open up web browser, point a url to http://your-ip-address/owncloud. Browser will automatically take you to ownCloud setup page. You have option to choose database (SQLite and MySQL/MariaDB) of your choice.
For larger environment, it is not recomended to use SQLite. Here we use MySQL, Enter admin user name, password, data folder location and database details by clicking on “Storage and database”.
Alternately you can also download ownCloud client or apps for smart phones to upload the files.
Now you can upload a files via browser.