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From Wikipedia:Nextcloud:

Nextcloud is a suite of client-server software for creating and using file hosting services. It is functionally similar to Dropbox, although Nextcloud is free and open-source, allowing anyone to install and operate it on a private server. In contrast to proprietary services like Dropbox, the open architecture allows adding additional functionality to the server in form of applications.

Nextcloud is a fork of ownCloud. For differences between the two, see Wikipedia:Nextcloud#Differences from ownCloud.

Setup overview

A complete installation of Nextcloud comprises (at least) the following components:

A web server paired with an application server on which runs Nextcloud (i.e. the PHP code) using a database.

This article will cover MariaDB/MySQL and PostgreSQL as databases and the following combinations of web server and application server:

  • nginx → uWSGI (plus uwsgi-plugin-php)
  • nginx → php-fpm,
  • Apache (using mod_proxy_uwsgi) → uWSGI (plus uwsgi-plugin-php)
  • Apache (using mod_proxy_fcgi) → php-fpm

The Nextcloud package complies with the web application package guidelines. Among other things this mandates that the web application be run with a dedicated user - in this case nextcloud. This is one of the reasons why the application server comes into play here. For the very same reason it is not possible anymore to execute Nextcloud's PHP code directly in the Apache process by means of php-apache.

Installation

Install the nextcloud package. This will pull in quite a few dependent packages. All required PHP extensions will be taken care of this way. Additionally install the recommended packages php-imagick for preview generation and php-intl for increased translation performance and fixed sorting (preferrably as dependent package with pacman option --asdeps). Other optional dependencies will be covered later depending on your concrete setup (e.g. which database you choose).

Configuration

PHP

This guide does not tamper with PHP's central configuration file /etc/php/php.ini but instead puts Nextcloud specific PHP configuration in places where it does not potentially interfere with settings for other PHP based applications. These places are:

  • A dedicated copy of php.ini in /etc/webapps/nextcloud/php.ini (for the occ command line tool and the background job).
  • Corresponding settings in the configuration of the application server. These will be covered in the section about application servers.

Make a copy of /etc/php/php.ini in /etc/webapps/nextcloud. Although not strictly necessary change ownership of the copy:

# chown nextcloud:nextcloud /etc/webapps/nextcloud/php.ini

Most of the prerequisites listed in Nextcloud's installation instructions are already enabled in a bare PHP installation. Additionally enable the following extensions:

/etc/webapps/nextcloud/php.ini
extension=bcmath
extension=bz2
extension=exif
extension=gd
extension=iconv
; in case you installed php-imagick (as recommended)
extension=imagick
; in case you also installed php-intl (as recommended)
extension=intl

Set date.timezone to your preferred timezone, e.g.:

/etc/webapps/nextcloud/php.ini
date.timezone = Europe/Berlin

Raise PHP's memory limit to at least 512MiB:

/etc/webapps/nextcloud/php.ini
memory_limit = 512M

Optional: For additional security configure open_basedir. This limits the locations where Nextcloud's PHP code can read and write files. Proven settings are

/etc/webapps/nextcloud/php.ini
open_basedir=/var/lib/nextcloud/data:/var/lib/nextcloud/apps:/tmp:/usr/share/webapps/nextcloud:/etc/webapps/nextcloud:/dev/urandom:/usr/lib/php/modules:/var/log/nextcloud:/proc/meminfo

Depending on which additional extensions you configure you may need to extend this list, e.g. /run/redis in case you opt for Redis.

It is not necessary to configure opcache here as this php.ini is only used by the occ command line tool and the background job, i.e. by short running PHP processes.

Nextcloud

Add the following entries to Nextcloud's configuration file:

/etc/webapps/nextcloud/config/config.php
'trusted_domains' =>
  array (
    0 => 'localhost',
    1 => 'cloud.mysite.com',
  ),    
'overwrite.cli.url' => 'https://cloud.mysite.com/',
'htaccess.RewriteBase' => '/',

Adapt the given example hostname cloud.mysite.com. In case your Nextcloud installation will be reachable via a subfolder (e.g. https://www.mysite.com/nextcloud) overwrite.cli.url and htaccess.RewriteBase have to be modified accordingly.

System and environment

To make sure the Nextcloud specific php.ini is used by the occ tool set the environment variable NEXTCLOUD_PHP_CONFIG:

$ export NEXTCLOUD_PHP_CONFIG=/etc/webapps/nextcloud/php.ini

Also add this line to your .bashrc (or .bash_profile ) to make this setting permanent.

As a privacy and security precaution create the dedicated directory for session data:

# install --owner=nextcloud --group=nextcloud --mode=700 -d /var/lib/nextcloud/sessions

Database

MariaDB/MySQL is the canonical choice for Nextcloud.

The MySQL or MariaDB databases are the recommended database engines.[1]

Most information concerning databases with Nextcloud deals with MariaDB/MySQL. The Nextcloud developers admit to have less detailed expertise with other databases.

PostgreSQL is said to deliver better performance and overall has fewer quirks compared to MariaDB/MySQL. SQLite is mainly supported for test / development installations and not recommended for production. The list of supported databases also contains Oracle database. This product will not be covered here.

MariaDB / MySQL

Since MariaDB has been the default MySQL implementation in Arch Linux since 2013[2] this text only mentions MariaDB.

In case you want to run your database on the same host as Nextcloud install mariadb (if you have not done so already). See the corresponding article for details. Do not forget to initialize MariaDB with mariadb-install-db. It is recommended for additional security to configure MariaDB to only listen on a local Unix socket:

/etc/my.cnf.d/server.cnf
[mysqld]
skip_networking

Nextcloud's own documentation recommends to set the transaction isolation level to READ-COMMITTED. This is especially important when you expect high load with many concurrent transactions.

/etc/my.cnf.d/server.cnf
[mysqld]
transaction_isolation=READ-COMMITTED

The other recommendation to set binlog_format=ROW is obsolete. The default MIXED in recent MariaDB versions is at least as good as the recommended ROW. In any case the setting is only relevant when replication is applied.

Start the CLI tool mysql with database user root. (Default password is empty, but hopefully you change it as soon as possible.)

$ mysql -u root -p

Create the user and database for Nextcloud with

CREATE USER 'nextcloud'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'db-password';
CREATE DATABASE IF NOT EXISTS nextcloud CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_general_ci;
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES on nextcloud.* to 'nextcloud'@'localhost';
FLUSH privileges;

(db-password is a placeholder for the actual password of DB user nextcloud you must choose.) Quit the tool with \q.

Note: MariaDB has a flawed understanding of what UTF8 means resulting in the inability to store any characters with codepoints 0x10000 and above (e.g. emojis). They 'fixed' this issue with version 5.5 by introducing a new encoding called utf8mb4. Bottom line: Never ever use MariaDB's utf8, always use utf8mb4. In case you need to migrate see [3].

So that you have decided to use MariaDB as the database of your Nextcloud installation you have to enable the corresponding PHP extension:

/etc/webapps/nextcloud/php.ini
extension=pdo_mysql

Further configuration (related to MariaDB) is not required (contrary to the information given in Nextcloud's admin manual).

Now setup Nextcloud's database schema with:

$ occ maintenance:install \
    --database=mysql \
    --database-name=nextcloud \
    --database-host=localhost:/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock \
    --database-user=nextcloud \
    --database-pass=db-password \
    --admin-pass=admin-password \
    --admin-email=admin-email \
    --data-dir=/var/lib/nextcloud/data

Mind the placeholders (e.g. db-password) and replace them with appropriate values. This command assumes that you run your database on the same host as Nextcloud. Enter occ help maintenance:install and see Nextcloud's documentation for other options.

PostgreSQL

Consult the corresponding article for detailed information about PostgreSQL. In case you want to run your database on the same host as Nextcloud install postgresql (if you have not done so already). For additional security in this scenario it is recommended to configure PostgreSQL to only listen on a local UNIX socket:

/var/lib/postgres/data/postgresql.conf
listen_addresses = ''

Especially do not forget to initialize your database with initdb. After having done so start PostgreSQL's CLI tool psql:

$ sudo -u postgres -- psql

and create the database user nextcloud and the database of the same name

CREATE USER nextcloud WITH PASSWORD 'db-password';
CREATE DATABASE nextcloud TEMPLATE template0 ENCODING 'UNICODE';
ALTER DATABASE nextcloud OWNER TO nextcloud;
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON DATABASE nextcloud TO nextcloud;
\q

(db-password is a placeholder for the password of database user nextcloud that you have to choose.)

Install the additional package php-pgsql as dependency (pacman option --asdeps) and enable the corresponding PHP extension in /etc/webapps/nextcloud/php.ini:

/etc/webapps/nextcloud/php.ini
extension=pdo_pgsql

Now setup Nextcloud's database schema with:

$ occ maintenance:install \
    --database=pgsql \
    --database-name=nextcloud \
    --database-host=/run/postgresql \
    --database-user=nextcloud \
    --database-pass=db-password \
    --admin-pass=admin-password \
    --admin-email=admin-email \
    --data-dir=/var/lib/nextcloud/data

Mind the placeholders (e.g. db-password) and replace them with appropriate values. This command assumes that you run your database on the same host as Nextcloud. Enter occ help maintenance:install and see Nextcloud's documentation for other options.

Application server

There are two prevalent application servers that can be used to process PHP code: uWSGI or php-fpm. php-fpm as the name suggests is specialized on PHP. The protocol used between the web server and php-fpm is fastcgi. The tool's documentation leaves room for improvement. uWSGI on the other hand can serve code written in a handful of languages by means of language specific plugins. The protocol used is uwsgi (lowercase). The tool is extensively documented - albeit the sheer amount of documentation can become confusing and unwieldy.

uWSGI

uWSGI has its own article. A lot of useful information can be found there. Install uwsgi and the plugin uwsgi-plugin-php - preferrably as dependencies, i.e. with --asdeps. To run Nextcloud's code with (or in) uWSGI you have to configure one uWSGI specific configuration file (nextcloud.ini) and define one systemd service.

Warning: It has to be mentioned that maintenance of uWSGI and especially of its PHP plugin has been sparse lately[4]. This has already caused issues that could only be solved by patching uWSGI code by the maintainers of Arch Linux packages, i.e. not upstream.

nextcloud.ini

The nextcloud package includes a sample configuration file already in the right place /etc/uwsgi/nextcloud.ini. In almost any case you will have to adapt this file to your requirements and setup. Find a version with lots of commented changes (compared to the package's version). It assumes a no-frills Nextcloud installation for private use (i.e. with moderate load).

See section Background jobs for arguments why not to configure recurring jobs in this file. In general keep the enabled extensions, extension specific settings and open_basedir in sync with /etc/webapps/nextcloud/php.ini (with the exception of opcache).

Tip: The changes to /etc/uwsgi/nextcloud.ini can become extensive. A file named nextcloud.ini.pacnew will be created during package update in case there are changes in the original file provided by the package nextcloud. In order to better track changes in this latter file and apply them to /etc/uwsgi/nextcloud.ini the following approach can be applied:
  • Make a copy of the file as provided by the package (e.g. by extracting from the package) and store it as nextcloud.ini.package.
  • In case an update of package nextcloud produces a nextcloud.ini.pacnew you can identify the changes with diff nextcloud.ini.package nextcloud.ini.pacnew.
  • Selectively apply the changes to your nextcloud.ini depending on whether they make sense with your version or not.
  • Move nextcloud.ini.pacnew over nextcloud.ini.package.

Enable and start

The package uwsgi provides a template unit file (uwsgi@.service). The instance ID (here nextcloud) is used to pick up the right configuration file. Enable/start uwsgi@nextcloud.service.

In case you have more than a few (e.g. 2) services started like this and get the impression this is a waste of resource you might consider using emperor mode.

php-fpm

In case you opt to use php-fpm as your application server install php-fpm - preferrably as a dependent package (--asdeps).

Configuration consists of a copy of php.ini relevant for all applications served by php-fpm and a so-called pool file specific for the application (here Nextcloud). Finally you have to tweak the systemd service file.

php-fpm.ini

As stated earlier this article avoids modifications of PHP's central configuration in /etc/php/php.ini. Instead create a php-fpm specific copy.

# cp /etc/php/php.ini /etc/php/php-fpm.ini

Make sure it is owned and only writeable by root (-rw-r--r-- 1 root root ... php-fpm.ini). Enable the op-cache, i.e. uncomment the line

/etc/php/php-fpm.ini
;zend_extension=opcache

and put the following parameters below the existing line [opcache]:

/etc/php/php-fpm.ini
opcache.enable = 1
opcache.interned_strings_buffer = 8
opcache.max_accelerated_files = 10000
opcache.memory_consumption = 128
opcache.save_comments = 1
opcache.revalidate_freq = 1
Warning: Do not try to put these settings in the pool file by means of php_value[...] and php_flag[...]. Your php-fpm processes will consistently crash with the very first request.

nextcloud.conf pool file

Next you have to create a so called pool file for php-fpm. It is responsible for spawning dedicated php-fpm processes for the Nextcloud application. Create a file /etc/php/php-fpm.d/nextcloud.conf - you may use this functional version as a starting point.

Again make sure this pool file is owned and only writeable by root (i.e. -rw-r--r-- 1 root root ... nextcloud.conf). Adapt or add settings (especially pm..., php_value[...] and php_flag[...]) to your liking. The settings php_value[...] and php_flag[..] must be consistent with the corresponding settings in /etc/webapps/nextcloud/php.ini (but not /etc/php/php-fpm.ini).

The settings done by means of php_value[...] and php_flag[...] could instead be specified in php-fpm.ini. But mind that settings in php-fpm.ini apply for all applications served by php-fpm.

Tip: The package php-fpm comes with its own pool file www.conf that is of little use here. A good approach to get rid of it is to rename it to www.conf.package and create a file www.conf with only comment lines (lines starting with a semicolon). This way www.conf becomes a no-op. It is also not overwritten during installation of a new version of php-fpm. Instead a file www.conf.pacnew is created. You can compare this against www.conf.package to see if anything significant has changed in the pool file that you may have to reproduce in nextcloud.conf. Do not forget to rename www.conf.pacnew to www.conf.package at the end of this procedure.

php-fpm service

php-fpm is (of course) run as a systemd service. You have to modify the service configuration to be able to run Nextcloud. This is best achieved by means of a drop-in file and add:

/etc/systemd/system/php-fpm.service.d/override.conf
[Service]
ExecStart=
ExecStart=/usr/bin/php-fpm --nodaemonize --fpm-config /etc/php/php-fpm.conf --php-ini /etc/php/php-fpm.ini
ReadWritePaths=/var/lib/nextcloud
ReadWritePaths=/etc/webapps/nextcloud/config
  • It replaces the ExecStart line by a start command that uses the php-fpm.ini covered in the previous section.
  • The directories /var/lib/nextcloud and /etc/webapps/nextcloud/config (and everything below) are made writable. The ProtectSystem=full in the original service definition causes /usr, /boot and /etc to be mounted read-only for the php-fpm processes.

Enable and start

Do not forget to enable and start the php-fpm service.

Keep /etc tidy

The Nextcloud package unconditionally creates the uWSGI configuration file /etc/uwsgi/nextcloud.ini. Of course it is of no use when you run php-fpm instead of uWSGI (and it does no harm whatsoever). In case you nevertheless want to get rid of it just add the following lines to /etc/pacman.conf

/etc/pacman.conf
# uWSGI configuration that comes with Nextcloud is not needed
NoExtract = etc/uwsgi/nextcloud.ini

Web server

There is an abundance of web servers you can choose from. Whatever option you finally pick you have to keep in mind that the Nextcloud application needs to be run with its own system user nextcloud. So you will need to forward your requests to one of the above mentioned application servers.

nginx

Configuration of nginx is way beyond the scope of this article. See the relevant article for further information. Also consult Nextcloud's documentation for an elaborated configuration. Most likely you will have to copy it into a file with an appropriate name (here as an example cloud.mysite.com.conf) below /etc/nginx/sites-available and create the corresponding symbolic link in /etc/nginx/sites-enabled.

If using the example nginx config from the Nextcloud documentation linked above, the root directory should be changed to:

cloud.mysite.com.conf
  root /usr/share/webapps/nextcloud;

The usage of the block upstream php-handler { ... } is not necessary. Just specify fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php-fpm/nextcloud.sock; in the location block that deals with forwarding request with PHP URIs to the application server. When using uWSGI instead of php-fpm replace this location block with:

cloud.mysite.com.conf
location ~ \.php(?:$|/) {
    include uwsgi_params;
    uwsgi_modifier1 14;
    # Avoid duplicate headers confusing OC checks
    uwsgi_hide_header X-Frame-Options;
    uwsgi_hide_header X-XSS-Protection;
    uwsgi_hide_header X-Content-Type-Options;
    uwsgi_hide_header X-Robots-Tag;
    uwsgi_hide_header X-Download-Options;
    uwsgi_hide_header X-Permitted-Cross-Domain-Policies;
    uwsgi_pass unix:/run/uwsgi/nextcloud.sock;
}

Things you might have to adapt (not exhaustive):

  • Your server name (server_name clauses 2x), i.e. the server part of the URL your Nextcloud installation will be reachable with.
  • The name of the certificate and key you use for SSL / TLS.
  • If and where you want an access log written to.
  • The location where Certbot (or any other ACME client) will put the domain verification challenges. Usage of alias instead of try_files is probably more adequate here.
  • The path used to reach your Nextcloud installation. (The part right to the server name & port section in the URL.)
  • What application server (uWSGI or php-fpm) you are using, i.e. how and where nginx will pass requests that need to trigger some PHP code. (See above.)
  • Configure OCSP stapling.

There is no need to install any additional modules since nginx natively supports both protocols FastCGI and uwsgi.

Apache httpd

Find lots of useful information in the article about the Apache HTTP Server. Nextcloud's documentation has some sample configuration that can also be found in /usr/share/doc/nextcloud/apache.example.conf. Both implicitely rely on mod_php that cannot be used anymore. mod_proxy_fcgi or mod_proxy_uwsgi need to be applied.

Information about how to integrate Apache with php-fpm can be found here in this wiki. uWSGI's documentation has some information about how to integrate Apache with PHP by means of uWSGI and mod_proxy_uwsgi. Mind that the Apache package comes with both modules mod_proxy_fcgi and mod_proxy_uwsgi. They need to be loaded as required.

The following Apache modules are required to run Nextcloud:

/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
# these are already loaded in a standard Apache installation
LoadModule headers_module modules/mod_headers.so
LoadModule env_module modules/mod_env.so
LoadModule dir_module modules/mod_dir.so
LoadModule mime_module modules/mod_mime.so
LoadModule setenvif_module modules/mod_setenvif.so

# these need to be uncommented explicitely
LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so
LoadModule ssl_module modules/mod_ssl.so
LoadModule socache_shmcb_module modules/mod_socache_shmcb.so
LoadModule proxy_module modules/mod_proxy.so

# either this one in case you use php-fpm
LoadModule proxy_fcgi_module modules/mod_proxy_fcgi.so
# or this one in case you opt for uWSGI
LoadModule proxy_uwsgi_module modules/mod_proxy_uwsgi.so

Also uncomment the following directive to pull in TLS configuration parameters:

/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
Include conf/extra/httpd-ssl.conf

Consult Mozilla's SSL configurator for details about how to optimize your TLS configuration.

Refer to the following two sample configuration files depending on how you want to access your Nextcloud installation:

  • In case your Nextcloud installation is accessed via a dedicated host name (e.g. https://cloud.mysite.com/) put this fragment into /etc/httpd/conf/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf.
  • In case your Nextcloud installation is located in a subfolder of your web site (e.g. https://www.mysite.com/nextcloud/) put this fragment in your /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf.

Of course you must adapt these sample configuration files to your concrete setup. Replace the SetHandler directive by SetHandler "proxy:unix:/run/uwsgi/nextcloud.sock|uwsgi://nextcloud/" when you use uWSGI.

The Nextcloud package comes with a .htaccess that already takes care of a lot of rewriting and header stuff. Run occ maintenance:update:htaccess to adapt this file. Parameter htaccess.RewriteBase in /etc/webapps/nextcloud/config/config.php is vital for this.

Background jobs

Nextcloud requires certain tasks to be run on a scheduled basis. See Nextcloud's documentation for some details. The easiest (and most reliable) way to set up these background jobs is to use the systemd service and timer units that are already installed by nextcloud. The service unit needs some tweaking so that the job uses the correct PHP ini-file (and not the global php.ini). Create a drop-in file and add:

/etc/systemd/system/nextcloud-cron.service.d/override.conf
[Service]
ExecStart=
ExecStart=/usr/bin/php -c /etc/webapps/nextcloud/php.ini -f /usr/share/webapps/nextcloud/cron.php

After that enable/start nextcloud-cron.timer (not the service).

Warning: Do not try to install and use nextcloud-systemd-timersAUR. It is outdated and unmaintained. It installs four scheduled jobs:

1. nextcloud-preview-generate-all runs occ preview:generate-all. This command does not exist anymore.

2. nextcloud-preview-pre-generate runs occ preview:pre-generate. This command too does not exist anymore.

3. nextcloud-files-scan-all runs occ files:scan --all. This is already covered by the standard background job. Have a look at table oc_jobs and find the entry with class = 'OCA\Files\BackgroundJob\ScanFiles'.

4. nextcloud-app-update-all runs occ app:update --all. Automatically updating Nextcloud apps is at least questionable, if not downright risky. New versions of apps have already caused troubles in the past. Updating apps in a production installation should be supervised; up-to-date backups at hand.

In-memory caching

Nextcloud's documentation recommends to apply some kind of in-memory object cache to significantly improve performance. This section demonstrates setup of APCu - mainly to pinpoint the details that differ from the instructions given in Nextcloud's documentation. The other options (Redis and memcached) are also sufficiently covered there.

Install php-apcu (as dependency --asdeps). Enable the extension in the relevant configuration files. These are

  • /etc/webapps/nextcloud/php.ini used by the occ command and the background jobs and
  • depending on the application server you use either
    • /etc/uwsgi/nextcloud.ini in case you use uWSGI or
    • /etc/php/php-fpm.d/nextcloud.conf in case you use php-fpm.

In /etc/webapps/nextcloud/php.ini add the lines

/etc/webapps/nextcloud/php.ini
extension=apcu
apc.ttl=7200
apc.enable_cli = 1

(preferably somewhere below Module Settings).

For the other two files the setting to activate APCu is already in place and only needs to be uncommented. Two other configuration parameters related to APCu are also already there. No need to touch /etc/php/php.ini or /etc/php/conf.d/apcu.ini.

Restart your application server (not the web server as Nextcloud's documentation claims). Add the following line to your Nextcloud configuration file:

/etc/webapps/nextcloud/config/config.php
'memcache.local' => '\OC\Memcache\APCu',

That's it. Enjoy your performance boost!

Note: Mind that push notify (the Nextcloud service that replaces client polling by notification by the server thus drastically reducing sync latency) is dependend on Redis.

Security Hardening

See the Nextcloud documentation and Security. Nextcloud additionally provides a Security scanner.

Synchronization

Tip: It is recommended not to use your personal password but so-called app tokens for all software automatically authenticating against your Nextcloud server. This way in case you suspect credentials in one of the programs may have leaked you just need to revoke this one affected app token - instead of having to change your personal password and propagating this change to all places where it has been stored. You can generate a new app token in Nextcloud's web GUI in SettingsSecurity in the Devices & Sessions section.

Desktop

The official client can be installed with the nextcloud-client package. Alternative versions are available in the AUR: nextcloud-client-gitAUR. Please keep in mind that using owncloud-client with Nextcloud is not supported.

The desktop client basically syncs one or more directories of your desktop computer with corresponding folders in your Nextcloud's file service. It integrates nicely with your desktop's file manager (Dolphin in KDE Plasma, Nautilus in Gnome) displaying overlays representing synchronization and share status. The context menu of each file gets an additional entry Nextcloud to manage sharing of this file and getting the public or internal share link. Nextcloud's documentation has a volume exclusively about the desktop client.

In case the integration does not work as described consult the optional dependencies of package nextcloud-client (pacman -Qi nextcloud-client). E.g. Nautilus (Gnome) requires python-nautilus. Install as dependent package with pacman -S --asdeps).

Thunderbird

Since version 91 Thunderbird fully supports CalDAV and CardDAV - even with auto detection (i.e. you do not have to provide long URLs to access your calendars and address books). Nextcloud's documentation is not up to date in this respect.

Calendar

There are a few ways how to start the new calendar wizard. One is via the main menu (☰ at the very right) > ➕ New > Calendar… Choose Network and click Next. On the next page enter your username (that on your Nextcloud server) and the top URL of your Nextcloud server (e.g. https://cloud.mysite.org/). Click Search calendar. Now provide your password (or even better an app token (see above)). Finally select the calendar(s) you want to see in Thunderbird and click Subscribe. Be sure to mark read-only calendars (e.g. Nextcloud's birtday calendar) as read-only. Otherwise you will repeatably see reminders that you cannot effectively close.

Contacts

Open Thunderbird's address book — e.g. with Ctrl+Shift+b. Choose File > New > CardDAV address book. On the next page enter your username (that on your Nextcloud server) and the top URL of your Nextcloud server (e.g. https://cloud.mysite.org/). Click Next. Now provide your password (or even better an app token (see above)). Finally select the address book(s) you want to see in Thunderbird's address book window and click Next.

Mounting files with davfs2

If you want to mount your Nextcloud using WebDAV, install davfs2AUR (as described in davfs2).

To mount your Nextcloud, use:

# mount -t davfs https://cloud.mysite.com/remote.php/dav/files/username/ /path/to/mount

You can also create an entry for this in /etc/fstab

/etc/fstab
https://cloud.mysite.com/remote.php/dav/files/username/ /path/to/mount davfs rw,user,noauto 0 0
Tip: In order to allow automount you can also store your username (and password if you like) in a file as described in davfs2#Storing credentials.
Note: If creating/copying files is not possible, while the same operations work on directories, see davfs2#Creating/copying files not possible and/or freezes.

Mounting files in GNOME Files (Nautilus)

You can access the files directly in Nautilus ('+ Other Locations') via the WebDAV protocol. Use the link as shown in your Nextcloud installation Web GUI (e.g. https://cloud.mysite.com/remote.php/webdav/) but replace the protocol name https by davs. Nautilus will ask for user name and password when trying to connect.

Android

Download the official Nextcloud app from Google Play or F-Droid.

To enable contacts and calendar sync (Android 4+):

  1. Download DAVx5 (Play Store, F-Droid).
  2. Create a new DAVdroid account in the Account settings and specify your server URL (e.g. https://cloud.mysite.com) and login / password pair.
Note: There is no need for the /remote.php/{carddav,webdav} part if you configured your web server with the proper redirections, as illustrated in the above section #Web server. DAVdroid will find itself the right URLs.

iOS

Download the official Nextcloud app from the App Store.

Tips and tricks

Using the "occ" command line tool

A useful tool for server administration is occ. Refer to Nextcloud's documentation for details. You can perform many common server operations with occ, such as managing users and configuring apps.

A convenience wrapper around the original /usr/share/webapps/nextcloud/occ is provided with /usr/bin/occ which automatically runs as the default user (nextcloud), using the default PHP executable and PHP configuration file. The environment variables NEXTCLOUD_USER, NEXTCLOUD_PHP and NEXTCLOUD_PHP_CONFIG can be used to specify a non-default user, PHP executable and PHP configuration file (respectively). Especially the latter (using NEXTCLOUD_PHP_CONFIG) is necessary when Nextcloud was setup in a way as described in the sections #Configuration and #Application server, i.e. using a PHP configuration specific to Nextcloud. In this case put export NEXTCLOUD_PHP_CONFIG=/etc/webapps/nextcloud/php.ini in your .bashrc.

Warning: When using php-apcu for caching, make sure to set apc.enable_cli=1 in /etc/webapps/nextcloud/php.ini, as the occ command will otherwise run out of memory (FS#69726).

Pacman hook

The nextcloud package comes with a pacman hook that takes care of automatically upgrading the Nextcloud database after the package has been updated. Take a look /usr/share/doc/nextcloud/nextcloud.hook.

Unfortunately, this hook unconditionally uses the global php.ini when running occ upgrade, i.e. it doesn't take into account the value of environment variable NEXTCLOUD_PHP_CONFIG as mentioned above in #Using the occ command line tool.

As a possible workaround make a copy of the delivered hook file in the appropriate location:

# mkdir -vp /etc/pacman.d/hooks
# cp -a /usr/share/doc/nextcloud/nextcloud.hook /etc/pacman.d/hooks/10-nextcloud.hook

and change the line starting with Exec to:

/etc/pacman.d/hooks/10-nextcloud.hook
Exec = /usr/bin/runuser -u nextcloud -- /usr/bin/php --php-ini /etc/webapps/nextcloud/php.ini /usr/share/webapps/nextcloud/occ upgrade

Running Nextcloud in a subdirectory

The instructions in section Web server will result in a setup where your Nextcloud installation is reachable via a dedicated server name, e.g. cloud.mysite.com. If you would like to have Nextcloud located in a subdirectory. e.g. www.mysite.com/nextcloud, then:

  • For nginx refer to the section in Nextcloud's documentation that explicitely covers this topic.
  • For apache edit the /etc/httpd/conf/extra/nextcloud.conf you included and comment out the <VirtualHost *:80> ... </VirtualHost> part of the include file.
Note: Do not forget to configure the .well-known URLs for service discovery. For more information please see Service discovery in Nextcloud's documentation.

Docker

See the ownCloud or Nextcloud repository for Docker.

Office integration

There are currently three different solutions for office integration:

All three have in common that a dedicated server is required and your web server needs to be adapted to forward certain requests to the office service. The actual integration with Nextcloud is then accomplished by means of a Nextcloud app specific for one of the above products.

Mind that all three products are aimed at businesses, i.e. you will have to pay for the office service. Only Collabora offers a developers plan (CODE) for free. ONLYOFFICE offers a Home Server plan for a reasonable price.

For installation, setup instructions and integration with Nextcloud consult:

Disabling app recommendations

By default, nextcloud recommends apps to new clients, which can result in a lot of notifications. To disable this, disable the recommendation app using occ.

Backup calendars and address books with calcardbackup

The calcardbackupAUR package can be installed and configured to provide regular backups of the calendar and/or address book databases. Edit /etc/calcardbackup/calcardbackup.conf to your liking and then start and enable calcardbackup.timer.

Troubleshooting

Reading the log

By default, the logs of the web application are available in /var/log/nextcloud/nextcloud.log. The entries (lines) are in JSON format and can be very long. Readability can be greatly improved by using jq:

# jq . </var/log/nextcloud/nextcloud.conf | less

Weird behavior of one or more apps

There are two locations where folders with files of Nextcloud's apps can be found:

  • /usr/share/webapps/nextcloud/apps (aka read-only apps directory). This is where the nextcloud package and the app packages (e.g. nextcloud-app-contacts) put the folders with files comprising Nextcloud apps.
  • /var/lib/nextcloud/apps (aka writeable apps directory). This is where you find folders with files of apps installed via GUI or via the occ app:install command.

When files of an app can be found in both directories (especially in different versions) all kind of strange things can happen. In a concrete case the contacts app could be found in both the read-only apps directory and the writeable apps directory. As a result the page with contacts in the GUI did not display. It remained blank white. The browser's Javascript console showed an error message:

Uncaught Error: Could not find initial state contactsinteraction of contacts

Check for apps to be found in both locations. To find out whether to delete the app folder in the read-only directory or in the writeable directory determine whether the app is part of a package. Run

# cd /usr/share/webapps/nextcloud/apps
# pacman -Qo * >/dev/null

All folders reported with

error: No package owns ....

(and that can also be found in the writeable apps directory) can be safely deleted from /usr/share/webapps/nextcloud/apps. Other double installed apps (i.e. those belonging to a package) should be removed from /var/lib/nextcloud/apps.

Warnings about failing code integrity checks (v23)

For version 23 Nextcloud's PHP code had to be extensively patched for the Arch Linux package to achieve PHP 8.1 compatibility. The downside of this was that Nextcloud's built-in code integrity check failed for all patched files. The corresponding warnings in the admin's view can be ignored. Version 24 is natively compatible with PHP 8.1. So no patches necessary and thus no integrity warnings anymore.

InnoDB refuses to write tables with ROW_FORMAT=COMPRESSED

MariaDB versions >= 10.6 and < 10.6.6 were not compatible with Nextcloud as the database enforced read-only for compressed InnoDB tables and Nextcloud has been (and still is) using these kind of tables:

From MariaDB 10.6.0 until MariaDB 10.6.5, tables that are of the COMPRESSED row format are read-only by default. This was intended to be the first step towards removing write support and deprecating the feature.
This plan has been scrapped, and from MariaDB 10.6.6, COMPRESSED tables are no longer read-only by default.

Additionally the issue has already been addressed by Nextcloud. Starting with Nextcloud v24 new installations of Nextcloud do not use row format COMPRESSED anymore. It has to be noted that existing (pre v24) installations are not migrated away from row format COMPRESSED automatically.

Bottom line: Probably you are not affected since Arch Linux has been shipping MariaDB v10.6.6 or later since 2022-02-10.

In the unlikely case that you are affected by this issue there are several possible remedies:

  • Adapt your MariaDB configuration:
/etc/my.cnf.d/server.cnf
[mariadb-10.6]
  innodb_read_only_compressed=OFF
  • Migrate your MariaDB tables from row format COMPRESSED to DYNAMIC as suggested by some comments for the corresponding Nextcloud issue. Mind that as long as you stay with Nextcloud < v24 new tables will again use row format COMPRESSED - so will need to be migrated in the same way.
  • Replace MariaDB by PostgreSQL and migrate the data of your Nextcloud instance with occ db:convert-type. See Nextcloud's documentation for details.

Issues with permissions and setup after upgrade to >= 21.0.0

Note: Before nextcloud 21.0.0, the web application was run using the http user. This is a security concern in regards to cross-application access of this user (it has access to all data of all web applications).

Since version 21.0.0 nextcloud more closely follows the web application package guidelines. This introduces the separate user nextcloud, as which the web application is run.

After an upgrade from nextcloud < 21.0.0 make sure that

  • the data directory is located at /var/lib/nextcloud/data
  • the writable apps directory is located at /var/lib/nextcloud/apps
  • both the data directory and the writable apps directory, alongside all files beneath them are writable and owned by the nextcloud user
  • the web application configuration file resides in /etc/webapps/nextcloud/config/ and that that directory and its contents are writable and owned by the nextcloud user
  • an application server, such as php-fpm or UWSGI is configured to run the web application as the nextcloud user and not the http user
  • update the cron job/systemd timer to run with the new user
  • Finally allow read access to the nextcloud installation /usr/share/webapps/nextcloud to your web-server user http by doing:
 # chown -R nextcloud:http /usr/share/webapps/nextcloud

Login loop without any clue in access.log, error.log, nor nextcloud.log

As mentioned in a post in the forum, this issue can be fixed by setting correct permissions on the sessions directory. (See Nextcloud's documentation for details.) It is also possible that the sessions directory is missing altogether. The creation of this directory is documented in System and environment.

/var/lib/nextcloud should look like this:

drwxr-xr-x  6 nextcloud nextcloud 4096 17. Apr 00:56 ./
drwxr-xr-x 21 root      root      4096 17. Apr 00:53 ../
drwxr-xr-x  2 nextcloud nextcloud 4096 16. Feb 00:21 apps/
drwxrwx--- 10 nextcloud nextcloud 4096 16. Apr 13:46 data/
drwx------  2 nextcloud nextcloud 4096 17. Apr 01:04 sessions/

Environment variables not available

Depending on what application server you use custom environment variables can be provided to Nextcloud's PHP code.

php-fpm

Add one or more lines in /etc/php/php-fpm.d/nextcloud.conf as per Nextcloud's documentation, e.g.:

/etc/php/php-fpm.d/nextcloud.conf
env[PATH] = /usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin

uwsgi

Add one or more lines in /etc/uwsgi/nextcloud.ini, e.g.:

/etc/uwsgi/nextcloud.ini
env = PATH=/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin

Mind there must not be any blanks around the second =.

See also