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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 install and setup on Debian, and offers a wide range of features such as 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.
  5. 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. 

  • Supported distributions:  Debian 11
  • Recommended minimum plan: A 2GB Shared CPU Linode is recommended for Haltdos Community WAF.

Getting Started After Deployment

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

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

Getting Started after Deployment

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.


    Note: 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.

  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.

The ownCloud Marketplace app was built for Linode by ownCloud. For support regarding app deployment, contact Linode Support. For support regarding the tool or software itself, use the information in the sidebar to contact ownCloud support or browse their documentation.