Installing ownCloud 9 on Debian 8

The process of installing ownCloud on Debian 8 is similar with installing it on Debian 7.
So I will explain it straight forward.

First we log in as root executing the su command.
Then visit the ownCloud repository page, and get the updated repository links.
So first we will install the owncloud debian repository key.

wget -nv -O Release.key
apt-key add - < Release.key

Then we create a new apt repository file in the sources.list.d directory.

echo 'deb /' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list

And we update the apt sources.

apt-get update

Now we are ready to install ownCloud.
There are two packages we could install: owncloud and owncloud-files. The difference is that if we install owncloud, then it will automatically install apache2, mysql and php5. We are going to install owncloud-files and setup a MariaDB server with Apache2 and PHP.
OwnCloud files will be stored in /var/www/owncloud directoy.

apt-get install owncloud-files

If you do not have a GLAMP stack yet you can set up MariaDB, PHP5 and Apache2 by following this guide.
In order to have each site under a folder with the domain name as its name I renamed the owncloud folder and created a symlink from the owncloud to my folder.

mv /var/www/owncloud/ /var/www/
ln -s /var/www/ /var/www/owncloud

Now we need to setup a virtual host that will use the folder.

nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/
<VirtualHost *:80>
  DocumentRoot /var/www/
  DirectoryIndex index.php

Then we enable our site:

service apache2 reload

Now feel free to test your site by pointing your browser to its domain name.
You will notice that there are a few dependencies missing. So we need to install them:

apt-get install php5-curl php5-gd
service apache2 reload

Then we visit the site again and we fill in the required details.
We also need to create a database for owncloud.
So first we log in to the mysql console:

mysql -p

Now we type the MySQL root password which we’ve set up earlier.

At this point we will create the database:


Next we will create the “owncloud” database user and give the user all rights for the “owncloud” database.

GRANT ALL ON owncloud.* TO owncloud@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'yourpassword';

Next we exit the mysql prompt


After you finish the installation wizard you will have an instance of owncloud up and running.

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