Owncloud: file synchronization: Linux

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Take a look at the procedure for Linux, available at http://owncloud.org/sync-clients, as it will change depending on which Linux distribution you run. OwnCloud provides pre-packaged clients for all major distributions: CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu, SLES, OpenSuse and Fedora.

In this guide we are installing ownCloud over Ubuntu 18.04. In an X-Term shell, we will run the following commands in order to add the repository key to apt:

wget -nv https://download.owncloud.org/download/repositories/production/Ubuntu_18.04/Release.key -O Release.key

apt-key add - < Release.key

We will add and install the repository:

echo 'deb http://download.owncloud.org/download/repositories/production/Ubuntu_18.04/ /' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list
apt-get update
apt-get install owncloud-files

Finally, we will install the application using the Ubuntu Software:



Once installed, we have to configure the settings for the client. We’ll use Unity to call the client. Configure your ownCloud server with the parameters below:

  • Server adress: https://owncloud.rp.upf.edu Specify https:// to use a secure connection and cipher all data sent and received.
  • Username and password: your research username.
  • Select which folder you want to synchronize and the destination folder for ownCloud agent.




Network management

As any other synchronization tool, ownCloud can use the network to work properly. If not specified otherwise, ownCloud will use the maximum bandwidth available to perform file synchronization as fast as possible. When working on slow connections, you may need to adjust the upload and download bandwidth to limit it. Go to "Network" tab.

Owncloud needs web ports to be open to work. If you need to configure proxy settings to use the network, you need to set them:


Recovering files

By default, ownCloud will automatically synchronize all your devices configured, so any change will be automatically passed to all the devices configured with the same ownCloud account. If you add a file on any of your devices, the file will be automatically created on the servers and passed on to all the others. The same way, if you delete a file or folder on any of the devices, the file will disappear from all the connected devices.

If you delete a file by mistake you can recover it from the web interface. From a browser, connect to the server’s webpage: https://owncloud.rp.upf.edu and authenticate yourself.

Click on ‘Deleted files’ to select the list of deleted files of  your account.

Browse on the deleted file list and search for the deleted file or folder you want to recover. When selected, simply click on ‘Restore’ and the file will be sent back to all your configured devices.