Nextcloud is an incredibly popular open source cloud storage platform. Ever since it was forked from the already popular OwnCloud, Nextcloud has seen nothing but even more growth and awesome new features.

Strangely enough, plenty of distributions, including Debian and Ubuntu, don’t include the Nextcloud client in their repositories. This guide will walk you through the process of installing the official Nextcloud client on your system.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to Add the PPA on Ubuntu.
  • How to Add the Repository on Debian.
  • How to Install the Nextcloud Client.
Install Nextcloud Client on Debian and Ubuntu.
Install Nextcloud Client on Debian and Ubuntu.

Software Requirements and Conventions Used

Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Debian and Ubuntu
Software Nextcloud Client
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

How to Add the PPA on Ubuntu


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Install Nextcloud Client PPA on Ubuntu
Install Nextcloud Client PPA on Ubuntu.

Nextcloud has targeted Ubuntu for its official support, so that means that Ubuntu users have direct access to a PPA containing everything that you’ll need without any extra fuss or configuration. They support every Ubuntu release from the last several years, with packages built for each. You won’t have any problem getting the packages you need. Add the PPA to your system.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nextcloud-devs/client

Then, update Apt.

$ sudo apt update

How to Add the Repository on Debian



Nextcloud says that they support Debian with their Ubuntu PPA, and in a way they do, but they provide no additional explanation of how to actually set things up on Debian systems. Normally, that’s not a big deal, but the Nextcloud client’s requirements are actually quite specific, and they won’t work without a perfect match to an Ubuntu version. Thankfully, we already sorted that out for you.

Start by creating a new configuration file for the repository.

$ sudo touch /etc/apt/sources.list.d/nextcloud-client.list
Install Nextcloud Client Repo on Debian
Install Nextcloud Client Repo on Debian.

Next, palace the variation that matches your version of Debian in the file.

Stretch(Stable)
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/nextcloud-devs/client/ubuntu zesty main 
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/nextcloud-devs/client/ubuntu zesty main
Testing(Buster)/Sid
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/nextcloud-devs/client/ubuntu bionic main 
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/nextcloud-devs/client/ubuntu bionic main

Regardless of the version you’re using, the key you need to import into Apt is the same. Do that next.

$ sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 1FCD77DD0DBEF5699AD2610160EE47FBAD3DD469

Update Apt to make the changes stick.

How to Install the Nextcloud Client



Now, for the super easy part; install the client. The package should be readily available with Apt.

$ sudo apt install nextcloud-client

Once you have it, go ahead and launch the client. Different desktops will put it into different categories. Some will even classify it as a general “Accessory.”

Nextcloud Client on Debian
Nextcloud Client on Debian.

Th interface is really simple. Enter the address of your server, and sign in. From there, you’ll be able to configure your backups and create any scheduling that you need.

Conclusion

You’re ready to use Nextcloud with way more options than you’d typically have with the web interface. Regardless of your distribution, you’ll keep receiving updates through the repository, which is great for security purposes as well as getting new features. If you are on Debian and something stops working, you can always try different Ubuntu releases to see if that fixes the issue. It’s a shame Nextcloud won’t just set up a Debian repo, even if it does contain the same packages.

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