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FileCloud is a cloud-based file-sharing application, similar to tools like Dropbox, that allows users to remotely access, upload, and sync hosted files.

Deploying a Marketplace App

The Linode Marketplace allows you to easily deploy software on a Compute Instance using the Cloud Manager. See Get Started with Marketplace Apps for complete steps.

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

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

  3. Complete the form by following the steps and advice within the Creating a Compute Instance guide. Depending on the Marketplace App you selected, there may be additional configuration options available. See the Configuration Options section below for compatible distributions, recommended plans, and any additional configuration options available for this Marketplace App.

  4. Click the Create Linode button. Once the Compute Instance has been provisioned and has fully powered on, wait for the software installation to complete. If the instance is powered off or restarted before this time, the software installation will likely fail.

To verify that the app has been fully installed, see Get Started with Marketplace Apps > Verify Installation. Once installed, follow the instructions within the Getting Started After Deployment section to access the application and start using it.

Estimated deployment time: FileCloud should be fully installed within 2-5 minutes after the Compute Instance has finished provisioning.

Configuration Options

  • Supported distributions: Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
  • Recommended minimum plan: All plan types and sizes can be used. The Linode plan that you select should be appropriate for the amount of data transfer, users, storage, and other stress that may affect the performance of server.

FileCloud Options

Custom Domain (Optional)

If you wish to automatically configure a custom domain, you first need to configure your domain to use Linode’s name servers. This is typically accomplished directly through your registrar. See Use Linode’s Name Servers with Your Domain. Once that is finished, you can fill out the following fields for the Marketplace App:

  • Linode API Token: If you wish to use the Linode’s DNS Manager to manage DNS records for your custom domain, create a Linode API Personal Access Token on your account with Read/Write access to Domains. If this is provided along with the subdomain and domain fields (outlined below), the installation attempts to create DNS records via the Linode API. See Get an API Access Token. If you do not provide this field, you need to manually configure your DNS records through your DNS provider and point them to the IP address of the new instance.
  • Subdomain: The subdomain you wish to use, such as www for
  • Domain: The domain name you wish to use, such as
  • SOA email address: Enter the email address that should be used for the domain’s SOA DNS record.

Limited User (Optional)

You can optionally fill out the following fields to automatically create a limited user for your new Compute Instance. This is recommended for most deployments as an additional security measure. This account will be assigned to the sudo group, which provides elevated permission when running commands with the sudo prefix.

  • Limited sudo user: Enter your preferred username for the limited user.
  • Password for the limited user: Enter a strong password for the new user.
  • SSH public key for the limited user: If you wish to login as the limited user through public key authentication (without entering a password), enter your public key here. See Creating an SSH Key Pair and Configuring Public Key Authentication on a Server for instructions on generating a key pair.
  • Disable root access over SSH: To block the root user from logging in over SSH, select Yes (recommended). You can still switch to the root user once logged in and you can also log in as root through Lish.
Do not use a double quotation mark character (") within any of the App-specific configuration fields, including user and database password fields. This special character may cause issues during deployment.

Getting Started after Deployment

Once the FileCloud server is up and running, a few additional steps must be completed before you can begin using your application.

Creating Secure Login Credentials

A new administrator password must be created to secure the server:

  1. Open your web browser and navigate to http://[domain]/admin, where [domain] can be replaced with the custom domain you entered during deployment or your Compute Instance’s rDNS domain (such as You can also use your IPv4 address. See the Managing IP Addresses guide for information on viewing IP addresses and rDNS.

  2. In the login fields that appear, enter the default credentials:

    • Username: admin
    • Password: password

  3. A number of messages and warnings appear. For now, dismiss them to clear your screen.

  4. Navigate to the Settings sidebar option, followed by the Admin tab. Click on the Reset Admin Password to reset your Admin Password to something more secure.

  5. Follow the prompts and select the Reset Password button to complete the password reset.

  6. If the password reset was successful, you are logged out and redirected to the administrator login page. Enter the administrator username and your new password to proceed.

Obtain a new License Key

FileCloud by default is inaccessible without either a trial or paid license key provided by FileCloud.

  1. To obtain a trial license key, sign on or create an account at FileCloud’s customer portal. After logging in to your new account, click on the Begin Trial button and follow the prompts to obtain a new trial license key file.See FileCloud - License Purchase And Renewal for full instructions on obtaining a license.

  2. Once you have a valid license key, log in to the FileCloud administrator page. After a new successful login, a message should be displayed notifying you that the license is invalid. If this message is not visible, navigate to Settings > License.

  3. Click the Choose File button to upload your license.xlm file and register your license key with this FileCloud installation.

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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