ownCloud 7.0 User Documentation

Welcome to ownCloud: your self-hosted file sync and share solution.

ownCloud is open source file sync and share software for everyone from individuals operating the free ownCloud Community Edition, to large enterprises and service providers operating the ownCloud Enterprise Edition. ownCloud provides a safe, secure, and compliant file synchronization and sharing solution on servers that you control.

With ownCloud you can share one or more files and folders on your computer, and synchronize them with your ownCloud server. Place files in your local shared directories, and those files are immediately synchronized to the server and to other devices using the ownCloud Desktop Client. Not near a device running a desktop client? No problem! Simply log in using the ownCloud web client and manage your files from there. The ownCloud Android and iOS mobile applications enable you to browse, download, and upload photos and videos. On Android, you can also create, download, edit, and upload any other files, as long as the correct software is installed.

Whether you are using a mobile device, a workstation, or a web client, ownCloud provides the ability to put the right files in the right hands at the right time on any device with one simple-to-use, secure, private and controlled solution. After all, with ownCloud, it’s Your Cloud, Your Data, Your Way.

Web Interface

How to access ownCloud from a Web browser.

Desktop Sync Client

The ownCloud desktop sync client keeps your files synchronized between your PC and your ownCloud server. Download the desktop sync client for Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows, and you may wish to refer to the ownCloud Desktop Client Manual to learn how to set up your account, select which files or folders to synchronize or exclude, limit bandwidth, and how to use other features.

Contacts and Calendar

The following topics provide information about the Contacts and Calendar applications, including usage instructions as well as how to export, import, and synchronization the ownCloud calendar application with different operating system calendars:


The following topic describes how to use the Documents application to enable multiple users to collaboratively edit rich-text documents simultaneously.


The following topic describes how to use the ownCloud Bookmarks application to manage your bookmarks:

External storage

Please see Configuring External Storage (GUI) in the ownCloud Administrator’s manual:

Configuring External Storage (GUI)

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