Install OwnCloud 7 on CentOS 7

ownCloud is a software system for File hosting. it is released under AGPLv3 license, so you can setup own cloud storage server without any additional cost. It has a good web suite that provides a cloud storage over the network, data can be uploaded via web browser or using software client. The project is based on PHP and a SQLite, MySQL, Oracle or PostgreSQL database, so it can run on all platforms that meet these requirements. In this tutorial, we will install ownCloud 7 on CentOS 7.

Initial setup

Install CentOS 7 with default Minimal configuration then install all current updates:

yum -y update

Next, we need to install PHP, Apache web server and MySQL server and some php extensions:

yum install httpd php php-mysql mariadb-server mariadb sqlite php-dom php-mbstring php-gd php-pdo wget vim

Set SELinux to allow OwnCloud to write the data:

setsebool -P httpd_unified 1

Allow web traffic through the firewall:

firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-service=http
firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-service=https
firewall-cmd --reload

Start Apache using the following command:

systemctl start httpd.service

Start  MariaDB by issuing this command:

systemctl start mariadb.service

Auto start the service at system start-up:

systemctl enable httpd.service
systemctl enable mariadb.service


First, we need to download ownCloud from official website. Run the following command.


Extract the archive we just downloaded.

tar -jxvf owncloud-7.0.0.tar.bz2 -C /var/www/html/

Next we need to assign the permission for web server to read and write the files on cloud directory.

chown -R apache.apache /var/www/html/owncloud/

DataBase configuration

Configure the mariadb instance.


Hit enter on any of these that have the capital Y.

Set root password?[Y/n]New password: databaserootpassword
Re-enter new password: databaserootpassword
Remove anonymous users?[Y/n]Y
Disallow root login remotely?[Y/n]Y
Remove test database and access to it?[Y/n]Y
Reload privilege tables now?[Y/n]

Create the ownCloud database and user.

Login to mysql server, Using the following command

mysql -u root -p

Next, we need to Create DataBase for ownCloud and grand permission for ownCloud user.

mysql> create database owncloud;
mysql> create user 'owncloud'@'localhost' identified by'somedatabasepassword'; 
mysql> grant all on owncloud.* to 'owncloud'@'localhost';
mysql> flush privileges;
mysql> quit;

Apache server configuration

Open an external configuration file for ownCloud in your favorite editor, I’m using vim.

vim /etc/httpd/conf.d/owncloud.conf

Add the following lines in the config file.

<IfModule mod_alias.c>
Alias /owncloud /var/www/html/owncloud
<Directory “/var/www/html/owncloud”>
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all

Restart all apache and mariaDB services:

systemctl start httpd.service
systemctl start mariadb.service

OwnCloud configuration

Open up your favorite browser and paste http://your_ip_address/owncloud or It will shows the initial owncloud setup page. it must be configured before going to live.


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