Deploying Nextcloud through the Linode Marketplace

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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 Marketplace 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.

Deploying the NextCloud Marketplace App

The Linode Marketplace allows you to easily deploy software on a Linode using the Linode Cloud Manager.

  1. Log in to the Cloud Manager and select the Marketplace link from the left navigation menu. This displays the Linode Compute Create page with the Marketplace tab pre-selected.

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

  3. Fill out all required Options for the selected app as well as any desired Advanced Options (which are optional). See the Configuration Options section for details.

  4. Complete the rest of the form as discussed within the Getting Started > Create a Linode.

  5. Click the Create Linode button. Once the Linode has provisioned and has fully powered on, wait for the software installation to complete. If the Linode is powered off or restarted before this time, the software installation will likely fail. To determine if the installation has completed, open the Linode’s Lish console and wait for the system login prompt to appear.

  6. Follow the instructions within the Getting Started After Deployment section.

Software installation should complete within 5-7 minutes after the Linode has finished provisioning.

Configuration Options

NextCloud Options

The name of the admin user for NextCloudThe administrator username for nextcloud. This will be used to log in to the application. Required.
The password for NextCloud’s admin userThe administrator password. This will be used to log in to the application. Required.
MySQL database root passwordThe root user’s password for the Nextcloud database. Required.
MySQL user passwordYour new MySQL user’s password. Required.

Advanced Options

The name of the MySQL databaseThe name to assign to the Nextcloud instance’s MySQL database. If no value is provided, the database is named nextcloud. Required.
The name of the MySQL user to createThe name of a new MySQL user to create. If no value is provided, the user is named nextcloud. Required.
The limited sudo user to be created for the LinodeThe username for a new limited user account with sudo privileges.
The password for the limited sudo userThe password for the new limited user account.
The SSH Public Key that will be used to access the LinodeA 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.
Disable root access over SSHDisable root user access for the Linode server.
Your Linode API 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.
The domain for the Linode’s DNS record (Requires API token)The hostname to assign to the Linode server. If no value is provided, the hostname is set as nextcloud.
The subdomain for the Linode’s DNS record (Requires API token)The domain name to use when creating a DNS record for the Linode. The Marketplace app creates a subdomain named nextcloud. You can access the Nextcloud instance using the nextcloud subdomain; for example,
Admin email for the NextCLoud serverThe email address to use for the Nextcloud instance’s admin user.
Would you like to use a free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate? (Requires domain)Enable a free HTTPS CertBot SSL certificate on the Nextcloud domain. If you do not provide a value, no is set by default.

General Options

For advice on filling out the remaining options on the Create a Linode form, see Getting Started > Create a Linode. That said, some options may be limited or recommended based on this Marketplace App:

  • Supported distributions: Debian 10
  • Recommended minimum plan: All plan types and sizes can be used.

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 into the browser, replacing 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,

  2. Enter the administrator username and password set during initial app creation in the presented form.

    Create a Nextcloud admin account.

  3. Once you have successfully logged in, the Nextcloud Hub page appears where you can upload files to the Nextcloud server.

    Nextcloud Hub

Next Steps

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

More Information

You may wish to consult the following resources for additional information on this topic. While these are provided in the hope that they will be useful, please note that we cannot vouch for the accuracy or timeliness of externally hosted materials.

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