Installing OwnCloud On Ubuntu Server 12.04 With SSL Support

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Follow the steps below as root:


  1. Bash in to get root access… ( sudo bash ).
  2. Install server dependances ( apt-get install apache2 php5 php5-gd php-xml-parser php5-intl vim-nox ).
  3. Install more server dependances ( apt-get install php5-sqlite php5-mysql php5-pgsql smbclient curl libcurl3 php5-curl ).
  4. Download owncloud source files from
  5. Upload extracted files to your apache root ( default is located at /var/www ), you can install vsftpd server( apt-get install vsftpd )or any other type of ftp server service.
  6. Inside your owncloud root directory create a new folder called “data” ( mkdir data )
  7. For owncloud to configure & work correctly apache needs to be given ownership of certain folders so their is no problem for apache to read and write data inside your website.Run the following commands.
    ( chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/apps )
    chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/config )
    chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/data )Note: Keep in mind that /var/www is just the default root folder of apache yours might be different, just make sure you make the appropriate changes so they point to your apache/web install.


  8. Your going to want to enable mod_rewrite ( a2enmod rewrite ).
  9. Restart your apache service ( service apache2 restart )
  10. Create a new database in mysql and call it owncloud, create a new user and password with specific access to the owncloud database. These credentials will be used later in the process.


Now lets install our SSL and get it configured correctly:


  1. Enable SSL Module ( a2enmod ssl )
  2. Now your going to want to create a directory to store your SSL certs ( mkdir /etc/apache2/ssl )
  3. now lets generate a general cert with the following command ( openssl req -x509 -nodes -days 365 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout /etc/apache2/ssl/apache.key -out /etc/apache2/ssl/apache.crt )

    Note: Your going to be asked a couple of questions after you run this command, answer them as accurate as possible as this will be displayed on your cert when people try to access your site.
  4. Edit default-ssl in sites-available folder in your apache install ( vim /etc/apache2/sites-available/default-ssl ) and comment out lines add the following lines 51 & 52 (use a #).
    Then add the following lines right under

    SSLCertificateFile /etc/apache2/ssl/apache.crt

    SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/apache2/ssl/apache.key 



  5. Finally run ( a2ensite default-ssl )
  6. Restart your apache service ( service apache2 restart )


At this point your should be able to visit your box’s url ( https://localhost or or ) and finish installing owncloud with the native install wizard.
Once your install is complete you will be able to download ownclouds own filesync client or you can use a WebDAV client to navigate through your files. You can do the same for your mobile device or tablet.

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