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ownCloud is a self-hosted file sharing and collaboration platform. It allows users to securely access and share files, calendars, and contacts from any device. With ownCloud, you have complete control over your data and can easily share files with others while maintaining full privacy and security. The app is easy to configure and offers a wide range of features, including file syncing, versioning, access control, and more.

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: ownCloud should be fully installed within 2-5 minutes after the Compute Instance has finished provisioning.

Configuration Options

  • Supported distributions: Debian 11
  • Recommended plan: All plan types and sizes can be used.

ownCloud Options

  • The name of the admin user for ownCloud (required): Provide a name for the admin user with which you want to administrate ownCloud.
  • The password for ownCloud’s admin user (required): Provide a secure password for the admin user with which you want to administrate ownCloud.
  • Admin Email for the ownCloud server (required): Provide the email address of the ownCloud admin user.
  • The root password for the database (required): Provide a secure password for the root user of the database. The root user has the ability to administrate the database. The password should be differ from the ownCloud admin password.
  • The password for the created database user (required): Provide a secure password for the user who will be used by ownCloud to write and read the database. The password should be differ from the ownCloud admin password and the database root password.
  • The name of the database (default: “owncloud”): Enter the name you’d like to use for the ownCloud database, if different than the default value.
  • The name of the database user to create (default: “owncloud”): Enter the name you’d like to use for user of the ownCloud database, if different than the default value.

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.

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

Getting Started after Deployment

After deployment, follow the instructions below to access your application.

Access the ownCloud Site

  1. Open a web browser and enter the following URL, where [domain] is either your Compute Instance’s default rDNS domain or your own domain name (if you entered one during deployment). See the Managing IP Addresses guide for information on viewing the IP address and rDNS value.

    To change this domain, follow the instructions within the Changing Your ownCloud URL guide on ownCloud’s documentation site.
  2. In the login prompt that appears, enter the admin user credentials you specified when creating the Compute Instance.

    ownCloud Login Screen

  3. After logging in for the first time, you may be provided with links to download the ownCloud desktop or mobile apps. If you’d like to use these native applications, learn more about them and download them through the links below:

  4. Once you log in and dismiss the welcome screen, you should see the Files screen in ownCloud. By default, a few files and folders have been created for you. You can use these default files to start exploring some of ownCloud’s file management features or you can delete them and upload your own. From here, you can also click on your username on the top right to access the site settings.

Now that you’ve accessed your ownCloud instance, check out the official ownCloud documentation to learn how to further utilize your ownCloud instance.

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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