NextCloud is an open-source collaboration tool which can be selfhosted.
For this you need a server device - e.g. Raspberry Pi 4B using WiFi
This document was written using a Raspberry PI 4B 4GB using a 16GB microSD.
To install NextCloud you need to prepare the following components.
The most widely used setup is called LAMP and is an acronym for Linux, Apacke, MariaDB/MYSQL, PHP/Perl/Python.
Refer to the following document to setup your LAMP stack and return here when ready as this document assumes you have the phpMyAdmin webapp available on the system.
Always ensure your system is up-to-date before adding new packages
sudo pacman -Syu
NextCloud requires any one of these locales to be enabled and generated
Ensure you have at least en_US.UTF-8 locale enabled and generated.
echo en_US.UTF-8 | sudo tee -a /etc/locale.gen
This document will focus on the Web installer provided as a NextCloud community project nonetheless you have the option to use the nextcloud package from the repo along with the extensive documentation at https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Nextcloud
The Web installer https://download.nextcloud.com/server/installer/setup-nextcloud.php is a php script you download and place in the root of the web service.
If you followed the LAMP stack your http root lives at
Open a terminal and navigate to the http root folder
Use curl to fetch the script
sudo curl -O https://download.nextcloud.com/server/installer/setup-nextcloud.php
Best practice is to go over the content and ensure it is legit
Before you continue the setup process - install required php packages.
sudo pacman -S php-gd php-imagick php-intl
Depending on your actual requirements and the NextCloud features you want to make use of you will need to install other packages. A reference list can be viewed by visiting the Arch Community Repo package https://archlinux.org/packages/community/any/nextcloud/
The NextCloud developers recommend the use of MariaDB/MYSQL - but you can use sqlite for test and development. If you choose to use sqlite - you will need the php-sqlite package as well
sudo pacman -Syu php-sqlite
When you have installed the packages edit your system's php.ini
sudo micro /etc/php/php.ini
Search and locate extension=bcmath or scroll down to the extensions list and enable
Search and locate memory_limit
memory_limit = 512M
Search and locate date.timezone, uncomment and set it to your timezone e.g.
date.timezone = Europe/Copenhagen
Save the file and close it then restart your http service
sudo systemctl restart httpd
Ensure the http user is set as owner of the
/srv/http folder and content.
sudo chown http:http /srv/http -R
Load the installer in your browser by navigating to your server's ip or name
When you click the Next button dependencies are verified and if they are found click Next to install in a subfolder named nextcloud. Replace nextcloud with a . if you want NextCloud in the root of the webserver.
Be patient - after a while you will be greeted with a Success message - click Next.
This document is only intended to wet your feet wet so SQLite is just fine but for production you should use MariaDB. For productdion use you should refer to the NextCloud documentation
To create a database for your nextcloud app we will use phpMyAdmin. Navigate your browser to the web server's phpmyadmin url
Login using your mariadb root user and the password created earlier.
Go back to the NextCloud database setup page
Navigate to your own nextcloud address
The rest is up to you - please remember to ensure your MariaDB engine is configured as recommended at NextCloud documetnation
Crossposted at Manjaro Forum