Installing with Docker

ownCloud can be installed using Docker, using the official ownCloud Docker image. This official image is designed to work with a data volume in the host filesystem and with separate MariaDB and Redis containers. The configuration:

  • exposes ports 80 and 443, allowing for HTTP and HTTPS connections.
  • mounts the data and MySQL data directories on the host for persistent storage.

Installation on a Local Machine

To use it, first create a new project directory and download docker-compose.yml from the ownCloud Docker GitHub repository into that new directory. Next, create a .env configuration file, which contains the required configuration settings. Only a few settings are required, these are:

Setting Name Description Example
VERSION The ownCloud version latest
DOMAIN The ownCloud domain localhost
ADMIN_USERNAME The admin username admin
ADMIN_PASSWORD The admin user’s password admin
HTTP_PORT The HTTP port to bind to 80
HTTPS_PORT The HTTP port to bind to 443

Then, you can start the container, using your preferred Docker command-line tool. The example below shows how to use Docker Compose.


You can find instructions for using plain docker in the GitHub repository.

# Create a new project directory
mkdir owncloud-docker-server

cd owncloud-docker-server

# Copy docker-compose.yml from the GitHub repository

# Create the environment configuration file
cat << EOF > .env

# Build and start the container
docker-compose up -d

When the process completes, then check that all the containers have successfully started, by running docker-compose ps. If they are all working correctly, you should expect to see output similar to that below:

         Name                     Command               State                     Ports
server_db_1         /usr/bin/entrypoint /bin/s ...   Up      3306/tcp
server_owncloud_1   /usr/local/bin/entrypoint  ...   Up>443/tcp,>80/tcp
server_redis_1      /bin/s6-svscan /etc/s6           Up      6379/tcp

In it, you can see that the database, ownCloud, and Redis containers are running, and that ownCloud is accessible via ports 443 and 8080 on the host machine.


Just because all the containers are running, it takes a few minutes for ownCloud to be fully functional. If you run docker-compose logs --follow owncloud and see a significant amount of information logging to the console, then please wait until it slows down to attempt to access the web UI.

Logging In

To log in to the ownCloud UI, open https://localhost in your browser of choice, where you see the standard ownCloud login screen, as in the image below.

The ownCloud UI via Docker

The username and password are the admin username and password which you stored in .env earlier.


The first time that you access the login page via HTTPS, a browser warning appears, as the SSL certificate in the Docker setup is self-signed. However, the self-signed certificate can be overwritten with a valid cert, within the host volume.

Stopping the Containers

Assuming you used docker-compose, as in the previous example, to stop the containers use docker-compose stop. Alternatively, use docker-compose down to stop and remove containers, along with the related networks, images, and volumes.

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