How to Install OwnCloud 8 with Nginx and SSL on FreeBSD 10.2

OwnCloud is suite of application client-server for creating hosting services, it is allow you to create your own cloud storage and allow you to share your data, contacts, calendar with other users and devices. OwnCloud is open source project that provides an easy way for you to sync and share your data that is hosted in your data center. it Has a beautiful and user-friendly front-end design, so that make a user easy for browse and access the data, then share to others users. OwnCloud an online secure enterprise file sync and file sharing.

In this tutorial, I will guide you a step by step to install owncloud 8, and we use Nginx(engine-X) as web server, php-fpm and mariaDB as the database system on FreeBSD 10.2.

Step 1 ) Installing Nginx php-fpm and MariaDB

In the previous tutorial, we had discussed about the installation FEMP (Nginx, MariaDB and PHP-FPM), but in this tutorial we will discuss briefly. We will install FEMP using pkg command.

Install Nginx :

pkg install nginx

Install MariaDB :

pkg install mariadb100-server-10.0.21 mariadb100-client-10.0.21

Install php-fpm and all the packages that needed by owncloud :

pkg install php56-extensions php56-mysql php56-pdo_mysql php56-zlib php56-openssl php56-bcmath php56-gmp php56-gd php56-curl php56-ldap php56-exif php56-fileinfo php56-mbstring php56-gmp php56-bz2 php56-zip php56-mcrypt pecl-APCu pecl-intl

Step 2 ) Configure Nginx php-fpm and MariaDB

Configure Nginx.

Leave nginx with default configuration. In this step you just need to add nginx to the startup with sysrc command, then start nginx :

sysrc nginx_enable=yes
service nginx start

And try access it with your browser.

Nginx homepage

Configure MariaDB

Copy mariadb configuration and add it to the startup.

cp /usr/local/share/mysql/my-medium.cnf /usr/local/etc/my.cnf
sysrc mysql_enable=yes

Start mariadb :

service mysql-server start

Next, Configure a password for mariadb :


Enter current password for root (enter for none):
#Just press Enter here
Change the root password? [Y/n] Y
#Type your password for mariadb here
Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] Y
Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] Y
Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] Y
Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] Y

and try log in to the mariadb/mysql server with command :

mysql -u root -p

MariaDB Configured

Configure PHP-FPM

Change the default listen to the unix socket and set the permission for it, and then configure php-fpm to running under user "www".

nano /usr/local/etc/php-fpm.conf

change the line like below :

listen = /var/run/php-fpm.sock
listen.owner = www = www
listen.mode = 0660

And now configure and  edit php.ini file :

cd /usr/local/etc/
cp php.ini-production php.ini
nano php.ini

change the cgi.fix_pathinfo line value to 0.


and the last add php-fpm to the boot time and start it :

sysrc php_fpm_enable=yes
service php-fpm start

Step 3 ) Generate SSL Certificate for OwnCloud

Create new directory "cert" in the /usr/local/etc/nginx/ and please generate SSL certificate :

mkdir -p /usr/local/etc/nginx/cert/
cd /usr/local/etc/nginx/cert/
openssl req -new -x509 -days 365 -nodes -out /usr/local/etc/nginx/cert/owncloud.crt -keyout /usr/local/etc/nginx/cert/owncloud.key

Next, change the certificate permission to 600 :

chmod 600 *

Step 4 ) Create Database for OwnCloud

To create the database for owncloud, you must log in to the mysql/mariadb server use the password that had been set.

mysql -u root -p

Create new database called "my_ownclouddb" :

create database my_ownclouddb;

And Create new user "myownclouduser" for the "my_ownclouddb" database :

create user myownclouduser@localhost identified by 'myownclouduser';

Next, Grant that user has been created to the "my_ownclouddb" database :

grant all privileges on my_ownclouddb.* to myownclouduser@localhost identified by 'myownclouduser';
flush privileges;

Configure Database for OwnCloud

Step 5 ) Install and Configure OwnCloud

Go to the tmp directory and download owncloud from the official site with fetch command. I'm here use OwnCloud 8.1.3 - latest stable version.

cd /tmp/

Extract the owncloud and move owncloud directory to "/usr/local/www/".

tar -xzvf owncloud-8.1.3.tar.bz2
mv owncloud/ /usr/local/www/

Now create new directory "data" in the owncloud directory, and change the ownership of the file and directory to the "www" user that running nginx.

cd /usr/local/www/
mkdir -p /usr/local/www/owncloud/data
chown -R www:www owncloud/

Next, Configure the virtualhost for owncloud.

Move to the nginx configuration directory, and rename default nginx configuration file nginx.conf to nginx.conf.original.

cd /usr/local/etc/nginx/
mv nginx.conf nginx.conf.original

And create new configuration file for owncloud :

nano nginx.conf

Paste the following code :

worker_processes 2;

events {
worker_connections  1024;

http {
include      mime.types;
default_type  application/octet-stream;
sendfile        off;
keepalive_timeout  65;
gzip off;

server {
listen 80;

#Force to the https
return 301 https://$server_name$request_uri;

server {

listen 443 ssl;
server_name; #YourIP or domain

#SSL Certificate you created
ssl_certificate /usr/local/etc/nginx/cert/owncloud.crt;
ssl_certificate_key /usr/local/etc/nginx/cert/owncloud.key;

# Add headers to serve security related headers
add_header Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=15768000; includeSubDomains; preload;";
add_header X-Content-Type-Options nosniff;
add_header X-Frame-Options "SAMEORIGIN";
add_header X-XSS-Protection "1; mode=block";
add_header X-Robots-Tag none;

root /usr/local/www/owncloud;
location = /robots.txt { allow all; access_log off; log_not_found off; }
location = /favicon.ico { access_log off; log_not_found off; }
location ^~ / {
index index.php;
try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php$is_args$args;
fastcgi_intercept_errors on;
error_page 403 /core/templates/403.php;
error_page 404 /core/templates/404.php;
client_max_body_size 512M;
fastcgi_buffers 64 4K;
location ~ ^/(?:\.|data|config|db_structure\.xml|README) {
deny all;
location ~ \.php(?:$|/) {
fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.*)$;
fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php-fpm.sock;
fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
fastcgi_param PATH_INFO $fastcgi_path_info;
fastcgi_param HTTPS on;
include fastcgi_params;
fastcgi_param modHeadersAvailable true;
location ~* \.(?:jpg|gif|ico|png|css|js|svg)$ {
expires 30d;
add_header Cache-Control public;
access_log off;
location ^~ /data {
alias /mnt/files;

Save and Exit.

Next, test nginx configuration with command "nginx -t", if there is no error, please restart nginx and php-fpm :

nginx -t
nginx: the configuration file /usr/local/etc/nginx/nginx.conf syntax is ok
nginx: configuration file /usr/local/etc/nginx/nginx.conf test is successful

service php-fpm restart
service nginx restart

Visit the server IP or the domain name with your browser :

http://owncloud.local - will force to the https, so please confirm the ssl certificate.

And create admin user for owncloud, fill with your username and password. Then fill the database configuration, and fill it with a database that has been configured in the previous step.

Configure Owncloud

And click "Finish Setup".

Step 6 ) Testing

Visit the, then login with username and password that have been configured.

Owncloud installed

So we have successfully install and configure owncloud 8.1.3 on FreeBSD 10.2 with SSL and Nginx webserver.


OwnCloud an open-source project that makes it easy for users to store and exchange data on cloud computing. We can install ownCloud on our servers, so that we ourselves can organize the data that has been stored on our server easily and safely. This is a good solution for the convenience and security of data (Because the data is in our own) for its users. OwnCloud easily installed and configured on the server.

Arul 3:00 am


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  1. Thank you for a great guide! I got to the last step (admin account creation & database info) until I noticed there was never any password set for myownclouduser in MariaDB. So the setup wouldn't finish because of that. I can see you have some password in your screenshot, but it seems you missed the password creation step in step 4 of the guide.

    However, with a little digging around I found a solution:

    Log into MariaDB:
    mysql -u root -p

    Use command:
    SET PASSWORD FOR myownclouduser@localhost = PASSWORD('choose-your-password');

    Use this password in the ownCloud admin account creation & database info screen.

    1. The command for creating the user has the password in it: create user myownclouduser@localhost identified by 'myownclouduser';

      In this example the password is myownclouduser

      @Author: There is a typo in: mv nginx.cong nginx.conf.original
      should be .conf ;)

  2. Thanks for the tutorial.
    I am hosting my owncloud currently on a Linux Server, but having ZFS available makes me want to move my server to FreeBSD ;-)
    zfs create -o mountpoint=/usr/local/www/owncloud tank/owncloud
    and then perform regular snapshots.

    Comes in handy when the next owncloud update is available.