Install Antivirus Software in the ownCloud Appliance

This guide details how to enable a virus scanner in the ownCloud Appliance. It is composed of two parts:

  1. Install ClamAV and related components
  2. Configure ownCloud to use ClamAV

Configure ownCloud to Use ClamAV

You next need to configure ClamAV in your ownCloud instance. Please refer to the ClamAV documentation for instructions on how to do that.

If you try to update the ClamAV virus database manually, by entering freshclam, and see the error below, it means that freshclam is already updating the database.

ERROR: /var/log/clamav/freshclam.log is locked by another process
ERROR: Problem with internal logger (UpdateLogFile = /var/log/clamav/freshclam.log).

Updates are run based on the configured time interval in the applicable Cron job. In the example below, the update would run every 47 minutes:

# m   h  dom mon dow  command
47  *  *   *    *  /usr/bin/freshclam --quiet

If there are errors running the freshclam process, check if a process is blocking the log file, by running the following command:

lsof /var/log/clamav/freshclam.log

If you want to refresh the ClamAV database manually, follow these steps:

# Gently end the freshclam process with this command:
sudo pkill -15 -x freshclam

# Start the refresh process again with this command:
sudo freshclam


When the app is enabled — but is not configured or has an incorrect configuration — it will reject **all** uploads for the entire instance. To avoid this situation, use ``sudo -u www-data php occ config:app:set files_antivirus whatever_key value`` to configure the app correctly.
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