Create Personal or Private Cloud Storage in Linux with OwnCloud

OwnCloud is a self-hosted file sync and share server. It provides access to your data through a web interface, sync clients or WebDAV and also it provides a platform to view, sync and share across devices easily. OwnCloud’s open architecture is extensible via a simple but powerful API for applications and plugins and it works with any storage.

I like OwnCloud because you can store your files, folders, contacts, photo galleries, calendars and more on a server of your choosing. You can access them from your mobile device, your desktop, or a web browser.

Also, you can keep your files, contacts, photo galleries, calendars and more synchronized amongst your devices.

With OwnCloud you can share your data with others, and give them access to your latest photo galleries or your music. If you want you can set a password or a time limit to your data. You can share your files as you want, publicly or privately.


Below are shown some of most useful features of OwnCloud.

Collaborative Editing

This tool lets you collaborate with up to 5 individuals. They can edit .odt or .doc files securely within the browser. Documents may then be shared inside the service or via a public link.

External Storage

You can add external storage to your OwnCloud with Dropbox, SWIFT, FTPs, Google Docs, S3, external WebDAV servers and more.

Encryption and Security

It uses secure https connections. You can enable the encryption app to encrypt data on storage for improved security and privacy.

Calendars and Contacts

You can share your calendar with other users or groups on your server, easily and quickly.


Follow the steps below to install OwnCloud client in your Linux Machine.

For Ubuntu 12.04 users, type and execute the following code in terminal, step by step:

sudo sh -c "echo 'deb /' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud-client.list"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install owncloud-client

If you are using Ubuntu 14.04, the following code is correct:

sudo sh -c "echo 'deb /' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud-client.list"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install owncloud-client

In case you are using the latest version of Ubuntu, version 15.10 (in the moment that I’m writting this), run the code below in terminal:

sudo sh -c "echo 'deb /' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud-client.list"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install owncloud-client

If you are interested in OwnCloud, see this video for more information: