Linking External Sites
You can embed external Web sites inside your ownCloud pages with the External
Sites app, as this screenshot shows.
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This is useful for quick access to important Web pages such as the
ownCloud manuals and informational pages for your company, and for presenting
external pages inside your custom ownCloud branding, if you use your own custom
The External sites app is included in all versions of ownCloud. Go to Apps >
Not Enabled to enable it. Then go to your ownCloud Admin page to create your
links, which are saved automatically. There is a dropdown menu to select an
icon, but there is only one default icon so you don’t have to select one. Hover
your cursor to the right of your links to make the trashcan icon appear when you
want to remove them.
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The links appear in the ownCloud dropdown menu on the top left after
refreshing your page, and have globe icons.
Your links may or may not work correctly due to the various ways that Web
browsers and Web sites handle HTTP and HTTPS URLs, and because the External
Sites app embeds external links in IFrames. Modern Web browsers try very hard
to protect Web surfers from dangerous links, and safety apps like
Privacy Badger and ad-blockers may block
embedded pages. It is strongly recommended to enforce HTTPS on your ownCloud
server; do not weaken this, or any of your security tools, just to make
embedded Web pages work. After all, you can freely access them outside of
Most Web sites that offer login functionalities use the X-Frame-Options or
Content-Security-Policy HTTP header which instructs browsers to not
allow their pages to be embedded for security reasons (e.g. “Clickjacking”). You
can usually verify the reason why embedding the website is not possible by using
your browser’s console tool. For example, this page has an invalid SSL
On this page, X-Frame-Options prevents the embedding.
There isn’t much you can do about these issues, but if you’re curious you can
see what is happening.