Installing the Desktop Synchronization Client

You can download the latest version of the ownCloud Desktop Synchronization Client from the ownCloud download page. There are clients for Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

Installation on Mac OS X and Windows is the same as for any software application: download the program and then double-click it to launch the installation, and then follow the installation wizard. After it is installed and configured the sync client will automatically keep itself updated; see The Automatic Updater for more information.

Linux users must follow the instructions on the download page to add the appropriate repository for their Linux distribution, install the signing key, and then use their package managers to install the desktop sync client. Linux users will also update their sync clients via package manager, and the client will display a notification when an update is available.

Linux users must also have a password manager enabled, such as GNOME Keyring or KWallet, so that the sync client can login automatically.

You will also find links to source code archives and older versions on the download page.

Installation Wizard

The installation wizard takes you step-by-step through configuration options and account setup. First you need to enter the URL of your ownCloud server.

form for entering ownCloud server URL

Enter your ownCloud login on the next screen.

form for entering your ownCloud login

On the Local Folder Option screen you may sync all of your files on the ownCloud server, or select individual folders. The default local sync folder is ownCloud, in your home directory. You may change this as well.

Select which remote folders to sync, and which local folder to store them in.

When you have completed selecting your sync folders, click the Connect button at the bottom right. The client will attempt to connect to your ownCloud server, and when it is successful you’ll see two buttons: one to connect to your ownCloud Web GUI, and one to open your local folder. It will also start synchronizing your files.

A successful server connection, showing a button to connect to your Web GUI, and one to open your local ownCloud folder

Click the Finish button, and you’re all done.

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