Setup your personal Cloud server in minutes using ownCloud On RHEL, CentOS, Scientific Linux 6.5

Setup your personal Cloud server in minutes using ownCloud On RHEL, CentOS, Scientific Linux 6.5

ownCloud is a free Open Source software, used to setup your own personal cloud for file sharing, Calender, Contact and Bookmark sharing and Personal Audio/Video Streaming. It is pretty easy to setup and manage.


In this tutorial i am using CentOS 6.5 minimal server to setup ownCloud. My testbox details are given below.

Operating system: CentOS 6.5 Minimal Installation
IP Address:

While it was tested on CentOS 6.5, it is applicable for all RPM based distros.

Then your server should have a working LAMP stack. Refer the following link to setup LAMP server.

Install LAMP server on RHEL/CentOS/Scientific Linux

Install following necessary PHP extensions:

# yum install php-mysql php-json php-xml php-mbstring php-zip php-gd curl php-curl php-pdo

Setting up database for ownCloud

Let us create a database called ‘ownclouddb’ and database user ‘ownclouduser’ with passwor ‘centos’.

# mysql -u root -p
Enter password: 
Welcome to the MariaDB monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MariaDB connection id is 66
Server version: 5.5.34-MariaDB MariaDB Server
Copyright (c) 2000, 2013, Oracle, Monty Program Ab and others.
Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.
MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE ownclouddb;
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.04 sec)
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL ON ownclouddb.* TO ownclouduser@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'centos';
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.01 sec)
MariaDB [(none)]> flush privileges;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.01 sec)
MariaDB [(none)]> exit

Getting owncloud

Switch to your apache root folder and download ownCloud latest version

Goto to Apache root document folder and download the latest version of owncloud.

# wget

Extract the tar package using command:

# tar xvf owncloud-6.0.0a.tar.bz2

Move the extracted folder to your apache root folder (i.e /var/www/html/)

# mv owncloud/ /var/www/html/

Set the ownership and permissions to the following folders:

# chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/owncloud/
# chmod 777 /var/www/html/owncloud/config/

Enable apache rewrite mode.

Edit file “/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf”,

# vi /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

Find the following section and Change AllowOverride None to Allowoverride All.

AllowOverride All

Finally, restart the apachehttpd and mysql services.

# service mysql restart
# service httpd restart

Begin ownCloud Installation

Navigate to http://ip-address/owncloud or http://domain-name/owncloud from your web browser.

Note: If encountered with any permission errors, disable SELinux and try again.

The index page of own cloud will shown up. You will asked be to create a new admin account. Enter the admin account details.

Then, Click on the Advanced drop-down box, select mysql and enter the mysal database name, database user name and password. Finally click Finish setup to complete installation.

ownCloud - Mozilla Firefox_001This is how my ownCloud dashboard looks:

Files - ownCloud - Mozilla Firefox_002Thats it. Our cloud server is ready. From here, you can upload/download your images, files, Audio, Video and also can access them from your client systems over LAN/WAN.