Getting started with OwnCloud

Getting started with OwnCloud


OwnCloud is a suite of client-server software for creating file hosting services and using them. OwnCloud is functionally very similar to the widely used Dropbox, with the primary functional difference being that OwnCloud is free and open-source, and thereby allowing anyone to install and operate it without charge on a private server. Its openness eschews enforced quotas on storage space or the number of connected clients, instead having hard limits defined by the physical capabilities of the server.

OwnCloud template

In Hostens you are able to install OwnCloud template really easy and fast, only with few mouse clicks:

  1. Login to the Clients Portal;
  2. Select at the top of menu the “Services > VPS Hosting” tab;
  3. Press the “Manage” button at the service table;
  4. Press the “Install OS” button;
  5. Choose operating system, agree with warning and press “Continue”;
  6. Wait for 5-10 minutes and refresh VPS management page.

OwnCloud template contains:

  • Centos 7.x OS.
  • Apache 2.4
  • PHP 5.4
  • MariaDB 5.5

1. Login

To connect to OwnCloud control panel on you internet browser enter one of:


You will be automatically redirected to http://ip_of_your_server/index.php/login. Login details are your server’s “root” login details, which you can find on Clients Portal.

For KVM based VPS you can find your “admin” login details by logging in into your VPS with “root” through SSH and executing command “cat owncloudsw.txt”.

2. Uploading files

Users of the system can upload files simply by dragging with the mouse a file from your desktop to the desired folder.

3. Sharing files and folders

To share files or folders you need press the “Share” button. You can choose to share it with other users in your OwnCloud system or make the file available to the public by using generated Share Link.

Shared files can be password protected by choosing the “Password Protect” option, you also can set file sharing time by selecting the “Set expiration date”.

4. Synchronization

You can synchronize your files with other devices on Windows, Linux, Mac, Android.
Windows client example: From OwnCloud website you can download OwnCloud system client for free:

Install it by following the instructions on the site.

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