Configuring External Storage (GUI)
The External Storage Support application enables you to mount external storage services and devices as secondary ownCloud storage devices. You may also allow users to mount their own external storage services.
Starting with ownCloud 9.0, a new set of occ commands for managing external storage is introduced.
This also includes an option for the ownCloud admin to enable or disable sharing on individual external mountpoints. Sharing on such mountpoints is disabled by default.
Tick the checkbox under
Settings > Storage > "Enable External Storage".
To create a new external storage mount, select an available backend from the dropdown Add storage. Each backend has different required options, which are configured in the configuration fields.
Each backend may also accept multiple authentication methods. These are selected with the dropdown under Authentication. Different backends support different authentication mechanisms; some specific to the backend, others are more generic. See external_storage/auth_mechanisms for more detailed information.
When you select an authentication mechanism, the configuration fields change as appropriate for the mechanism. The SFTP backend, for one example, supports username and password, Log-in credentials, save in session, and RSA public key.
Required fields are marked with a red border. When all required fields are filled, the storage is automatically saved. A green dot next to the storage row indicates the storage is ready for use. A red or yellow icon indicates that ownCloud could not connect to the external storage, so you need to re-check your configuration and network availability.
If there is an error on the storage, it will be marked as unavailable for ten minutes. To re-check it, click the colored icon or reload your Admin page.
A storage configured in a user’s Personal settings is available only to the user that created it. A storage configured in the Admin settings is available to all users by default, and it can be restricted to specific users and groups in the Available for field.
Hover your cursor to the right of any storage configuration to expose the settings button and trashcan. When clicking the trashcan icon, you delete the mountpoint. The settings button allows you to configure each storage mount individually with the following options:
Filesystem check frequency (Never, Once per direct access)
|The Encryption checkbox is visible only, when the Encryption app is enabled.|
Enable Sharing allows the ownCloud admin to enable or disable sharing on individual mountpoints. When sharing is disabled, the shares are retained internally, so that you can re-enable sharing and the previous shares become available again. Sharing is disabled by default.
When using self-signed certificates for external storage mounts, the certificate must be imported into ownCloud.
|Please refer to Importing System-wide and Personal SSL Certificates for more information.|
The following backends are provided by the external storages app. Other apps may provide their own backends, which are not listed here.
|A non-blocking or correctly configured SELinux setup is needed for these backends to work. Please refer to the SELinux configuration.|
Check "Allow users to mount external storage" to allow your users to mount storages on external services. Then enable the backends you want to allow.
|Be careful with the choices that you enable, as it allows a user to make potentially arbitrary connections to other services on your network!|
When an external storage is created which uses either Google Drive or Dropbox, a link to the respective configuration page is available, next to the service name.
In the screenshot above, you can see that two external storage connections have been created, but not configured. One goes to Google Drive, the other to Dropbox. If you click the cog icon next to the name of either, the respective app configuration page will open in a new tab, or a new window. From there, you can manage the configuration and obtain the respective credentials needed for configuring the connection.
We recommend configuring the background job Webcron or Cron to enable ownCloud to automatically detect files added to your external storages.
|You cannot scan/detect changed files on external storage mounts when you select the Log-in credentials, save in session authentication mechanism. However, there is a workaround, and that is to use Ajax cron mode. See Password-based Mechanisms for more information.|
ownCloud may not always be able to find out what has been changed remotely (files changed without going through ownCloud), especially when it’s very deep in the folder hierarchy of the external storage.
You might need to setup a cron job that runs
sudo -u www-data php occ files:scan --all.
–all with the user name to trigger a rescan of the user’s files periodically,
for example every 15 minutes, which includes the mounted external storage.
|See the occ’s file operations for more information.|