How to Deploy Nextcloud on Linode with One-Click Apps

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Installing Nextcloud OCA

Nextcloud is an open source solution to file hosting and sharing. With Nextcloud, you can synchronize files from a local computer to the Linode server and share them with collaborators. Nextcloud’s customizable security features and intuitive user interface help to keep files safe and easy to manage.

Before You Begin

While a Domain Name is not strictly required, it is recommended. If you plan to use a domain name for the deployment, complete the following steps:

  1. Create a Linode API v4 access token. The Nextcloud One-Click App needs a Linode API v4 token to create a domain name system (DNS) record for the Nextcloud instance.

  2. Register (purchase) a domain name.

  3. Set the domain name to use Linode’s name servers. You need to do this on the domain registrar’s website and then wait up to 24 hours for the change to take effect.

Deploy a NextCloud One-Click App

Linode’s One-Click App Marketplace allow you to easily deploy software on a Linode using the Linode Cloud Manager. To access Linode’s One-Click App Marketplace:

  1. Log in to your Linode Cloud Manager account.

  2. From the Linode dashboard, click on the Marketplace button in the left-hand navigation menu.

  3. The Linode creation page will appear, with the One-Click and Marketplace tabs pre-selected.

  4. Under the Select App section, select the app you would like to deploy:

    Select a One-Click App to deploy

  5. Once you have selected the app, proceed to the app’s Options section and provide values for the required fields.

NextCloud Options

FieldDescription
MySQL database root passwordThe root user’s password for the Nextcloud database. Required.
MySQL user passwordYour new MySQL user’s password. Required.

Advanced Options

LAMP Stack Options
FieldDescription
MySQL database usernameThe name of a new MySQL user to create. If no value is provided, the user is named nextcloud. Required.
MySQL database nameThe name to assign to the Nextcloud instance’s MySQL database. If no value is provided, the database is named nextcloud. Required.
Linode Server Security Options
FieldDescription
Linode limited sudo usernameThe username for a new limited user account with sudo privileges. Advanced Configuration.
Linode limited user passwordThe password for the new limited user account. Advanced Configuration.
SSH Public KeyA public key belonging to the user that accesses the Linode. If you do not have an authentication key-pair see the Securing Your Server guide for steps on creating one. Advanced Configuration.
Enable passwordless sudoEnable passwordless sudo access for the limited user account. Advanced Configuration.
Disable root accessDisable root user access for the Linode server. Advanced Configuration.
Domain Options
FieldDescription
Linode API v4 tokenThe Linode API v4 token is required to create a domain name system (DNS) record for the Nextcloud instance. See the Getting Started with the Linode API guide to learn how to generate an API token. Advanced Configuration.
Linode hostnameThe hostname to assign to the Linode server. If no value is provided, the hostname is set as nextcloud. Advanced Configuration.
Domain nameThe domain name to use when creating a DNS record for the Linode. The One-Click app creates a subdomain named nextcloud. You can access the Nextcloud instance using the nextcloud subdomain; for example, www.nextcloud.example.com. Advanced Configuration.
Admin email addressThe email address to use for the Nextcloud instance’s admin user. Advanced Configuration.
Enable SSLEnable a free HTTPS CertBot SSL certificate on the Nextcloud domain. If you do not provide a value, no is set by default. Advanced Configuration.
TimezoneThe timezone to use for the Linode server. If you do not provide a value, the Linode data center’s timezone is used. Refer to TZ database names for possible timezone values. Advanced Configuration.

Linode Options

After providing the app specific options, provide configurations for the Linode server:

ConfigurationDescription
Select an ImageDebian 10 is currently the only image supported by the Nextcloud One-Click App, and it is pre-selected on the Linode creation page. Required.
RegionThe region where you would like the Linode to reside. In general, it’s best to choose a location that is closest to you. For more information on choosing a DC, review the How to Choose a Data Center guide. You can also generate MTR reports for a deeper look at the network routes between the Linode server and each of our data centers. Required.
Linode PlanYour Linode’s hardware resources. You should select a Linode plan type based on the amount of data you would like to store on the Nextcloud instance. You can always resize your Linode to a different plan later if you feel you need to increase or decrease the system resources. Required.
Linode LabelThe name for the Linode server, which must be unique between all of the Linodes on your account. This name helps you identify the server in the Cloud Manager’s Dashboard. Required.
Add TagsA tag to help organize and group the Linode resources. Tags can be applied to Linodes, Block Storage Volumes, NodeBalancers, and Domains.
Root PasswordThe primary administrative password for the Linode instance. This password must be provided when you log in to the Linode using SSH. The password must meet the complexity strength validation requirements for a strong password. The root password can be used to perform any action on the server, so make it long, complex, and unique. Required.

When you’ve provided all required Linode Options, click the Create button.

Note
Your Nextcloud app completes installation anywhere between 5-7 minutes after your Linode has finished provisioning. It is recommended that you wait the full 5-7 minutes prior to beginning the steps in the Getting Started after Deployment section of this guide. You may experience unexpected behavior if you begin those steps while your Nextcloud instance is still being deployed and setup by the One-Click App on the Linode instance.

Getting Started after Deployment

Log Into Your Nextcloud Instance

  1. Open a browser window and navigate to the Nextcloud instance’s domain. For example, enter nextcloud.example.com into the browser, replacing example.com with the value of your own domain. If you do not install the App with a domain name, the domain is the public IP address of the Linode appended with a forward slash and “nextcloud. For example, 192.168.17.43/nextcloud/.

  2. Create a Nextcloud admin account by providing values in the presented form.

    Create a Nextcloud admin account.

  3. In the Storage & database section, provide the MySQL database values that you used in the Nextcloud Options section.

    Provide your MySQL database values

  4. Click the Finish setup button to complete the configuration. The set up takes a couple of minutes to complete. The Nextcloud Hub page appears where you can upload files to the Nextcloud server.

    Nextcloud Hub

Next Steps

Note
Currently, Linode does not manage software and systems updates for One-Click Apps. It is up to the user to perform routine maintenance on software deployed in this fashion.

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