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How to install Nextcloud (Nginx + PostgreSQL)

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Nextcloud offers the industry-leading, on-premises content collaboration platform. Its technology combines the convenience and ease of use of consumer-grade solutions like Dropbox and Google Drive with the security, privacy and control business needs.
Source code available at GitHub.

Firewall configuration

  1. Open ports 80 and 443:
    sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-port=80/tcp
    sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-port=443/tcp
    sudo firewall-cmd --reload
  2. Make sure that required ports are open:
    sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --list-ports


  1. Install Nginx:

    sudo apt install nginx
  2. Install required PHP modules:

    sudo apt install php7.4 php7.4-fpm php7.4-common php7.4-pgsql php7.4-cli php7.4-gd php7.4-json php7.4-curl php7.4-zip php7.4-xml php7.4-mbstring php7.4-bz2 php7.4-intl php7.4-bcmath php7.4-gmp php-imagick php7.4-opcache php7.4-readline
  3. Install certbot:

    sudo apt install certbot python3-certbot-nginx
  4. Install PostgreSQL:

    sudo apt install postgresql postgresql-contrib
  5. Install unzip:

    sudo apt install unzip
  6. Use wget to download Nextcloud:


Main configuration

  1. Configure PostgreSQL:

    • Connect to PostgreSQL with:

      sudo -u postgres psql
    • Create user and database for Nextcloud:

      CREATE USER nextcloud WITH PASSWORD 'your_password';
      ALTER DATABASE nextcloud OWNER TO nextcloud;
      GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON DATABASE nextcloud TO nextcloud;

      Note: don’t forget to set your own password instead your_password.

  2. Unzip archive with Nextcloud:

    sudo unzip -d /usr/share/nginx/
  3. Change owner for Nextcloud directory:

    sudo chown www-data:www-data /usr/share/nginx/nextcloud/ -R
  4. Create folder for Nextcloud data:

    sudo mkdir /usr/share/nginx/nextcloud-data
  5. Change owner for Nextcloud data directory:

    sudo chown www-data:www-data /usr/share/nginx/nextcloud-data -R
  6. Remove default Nginx website:

    sudo mv /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default /home/$USER
  7. Create Nginx configuration file for Nextcloud:

    sudo nano /etc/nginx/conf.d/nextcloud.conf

    You can find an example file here. Don’t forget to change the domain and PHP version.

  8. Check configuration file for errors:

    sudo nginx -t
  9. Enable and start Nginx:

    sudo systemctl enable --now nginx
  10. Enable and start php-fpm:

    sudo systemctl enable --now php7.4-fpm
  11. Order an SSL certificate for your domain:

    sudo certbot --nginx --agree-tos --redirect --staple-ocsp --email your-email-address -d
  12. Update Nginx configuration file (/etc/nginx/conf.d/nextcloud.conf) by adding the following:

    add_header Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=31536000" always;
    listen 443 ssl http2; # managed by Certbot
  13. Go to and finish the configuration.

Additional configuration

  • Increase PHP memory limit by editing /etc/php/7.4/fpm/php.ini:

    memory_limit = 512M

    Note: don’t foreget to restart php-fpm by running sudo systemctl reload php7.4-fpm.

  • Increase PHP execution time by editing /etc/php/7.4/fpm/php.ini:

    max execution time 256

    Note: don’t foreget to restart php-fpm by running sudo systemctl reload php7.4-fpm.

  • Configure PHP to properly query system environment variables by adding the following line to /etc/php/7.4/fpm/pool.d/www.conf:

    clear_env = no

    Note: don’t foreget to restart php-fpm by running sudo systemctl reload php7.4-fpm.

  • Increase upload file size limit:

    1. Add or change the following line in /etc/nginx/conf.d/nextcloud.conf:

      client_max_body_size 1024M;
    2. Change upload_max_filesize parameter to 1024M in /etc/php/7.4/fpm/php.ini.

    3. Restart Nginx and php-fpm:

      sudo systemctl reload nginx
      sudo systemctl reload php7.4-fpm
  • Configure Redis:

    1. Install Redis and its PHP module:

      sudo apt install redis-server php-redis
    2. Add the following code to /usr/share/nginx/nextcloud/config/config.php above the ); line:

      'memcache.distributed' => '\OC\Memcache\Redis',
      'memcache.local' => '\OC\Memcache\Redis',
      'memcache.locking' => '\OC\Memcache\Redis',
      'redis' => array(
           'host' => 'localhost',
           'port' => 6379,
    3. Restart Nginx and php-fpm:

      sudo systemctl restart nginx php7.4-fpm
  • Use Cron instead of AJAX jobs:

    1. Open crontab file:

      sudo crontab -u www-data -e
    2. Add the following line and save the file:

      */5 * * * * php -f /usr/share/nginx/nextcloud/cron.php
  • Hide Nginx version by changing the following line in /etc/nginx/nginx.conf:

    server_tokens off;
  • Hide “Get your own free account” link by adding the wollowing line to /usr/share/nginx/nextcloud/config/config.php:

    'simpleSignUpLink.shown' => false,

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