Nextcloud is an open-source industry-leading on-premises collaboration platform. It’s a safe home for all your data. User files are encrypted during transit.
Let’s start with actual deployment…
Please make sure you should fulfill the below requirements before proceeding to the actual deployment.
Docker Swarm Cluster with GlusterFS as persistent tool.
Traefik as reverse proxy to expose micro-services to external.
Database stack to host application databases.
Nextcloud is an open-source industry-leading on-premises collaboration platform. It’s a safe home for all your data. Secure, under your control, and developed in an open, transparent and trustworthy.
Nextcloud – A safe home for all your data, is a suite of client-server software for creating and using file hosting services. Nextcloud application functionally is similar to Dropbox. Unlike Dropbox, Nextcloud does not offer off-premises file storage hosting.
Nextcloud combines the convenience and ease of use of consumer-grade solutions like Dropbox and Google Drive with the security, privacy and control business needs.
Why is Nextcloud
In contrast to proprietary services like Dropbox, Office 365, or Google Drive, the open architecture enables users to have full control of their data.
User files are encrypted during transit and optionally at rest.
Nextcloud files are stored in conventional directory structures, accessible via WebDAV if necessary.
Nextcloud is introducing new features such as monitoring capabilities, full-text search, and Kerberos authentication, as well as audio/video conferencing, expanded federation, and smaller user interface improvements.
Since Nextcloud is modular, it can be extended with plugins to implement extra functionality. This platform communicates with the Nextcloud instances via an open protocol. The App Store already contains over 200 extensions. With the help of these extensions, many functionalities can be added, including:
Calendar and Contacts
Secure audio and video calls
View and edit documents with Collabora
Automatically upload files to replace large attachments or integrate Calendars and Contacts in your mail client
Integrated account management
Track file changes
Please go through the official link for more features of Nextcloud.
Nextcloud Key Differentiators
Putting IT back in control Security First User Focus
Nextcloud puts the customer in control over their data in the most literal and direct sense. Your data is in your data center, on a server managed by you, rather than floating somewhere in the cloud.
Nextcloud features a host of unique, innovative security technologies from brute force protection to advanced server-side and integrated end-to-end, client-side encryption with enterprise-grade key handling and a wide range of security hardening.
Nextcloud’s development process is a transparent and clear focus on the needs of users and customers results in a better product. By working in the open within and with the wider developer- and user community, development is sped up, quality improved and alignment with the needs of users improved.
Persist Nextcloud Data
Containers are fast to deploy and make efficient use of system resources. Developers get application portability and programmable image management and the operations team gets standard run time units of deployment and management.
With all the known benefits of containers, there is one common misperception that the containers are ephemeral, which means if we restart the container or in case of any issues with it, we lose all the data for that particular container. They are only good for stateless micro-service applications and that it’s not possible to containerize stateful applications.
I am going to use GlusterFS to overcome the ephemeral behavior of Containers.
I already set up a replicated GlusterFS volume to have data replicated throughout the cluster if I would like to have some persistent data.
The below diagram explains how the replicated volume works.
Volume will be mounted on all the nodes, and when a file is written to the
/mntpartition, data will be replicated to all the nodes in the Cluster
In case of any one of the nodes fails, the application automatically starts on other node without loosing any data and that’s the beauty of the replicated volume.
Persistent application state or data needs to survive application restarts and outages. We are storing the data or state in GlusterFS and had periodic backups performed on it.
We will use a backup of the volume to spin a new application container anywhere else in case of unexpected issues occur in the current environment.
I am going to persist
/var/www/html/config folders of Nextcloud for disorder recovery.
Create folders in
/mnt directory to persistent Nextcloud folders.
sudo mkdir -p nextcloud
sudo mkdir -p nextapps
sudo mkdir -p nextdata
sudo mkdir -p nextconfig
Please watch the below video for Glusterfs Installation
Prepare Nextcloud Environment
Create a folder in
/opt directory to place configuration file, i.e,
.yml file for Nextcloud.
Use the below commands to create the folder.
sudo mkdir -p nextcloud
sudo touch next.yml
Nextcloud Docker Compose
next.yml created earlier with nano editor using
sudo nano next.yml
Copy and paste the below code in
Here is the
docker compose file for
Here I am using MariaDB as a back-end storage system for Nextcloud which was deployed earlier to our Docker Swarm environment.
constraints: [node.role == worker]
Deploy Nextcloud using Docker Compose
Now it’s time to deploy our docker-compose file above
next.yml using the below command
docker stack deploy --compose-file next.yml next
You can give it any name for the stack. I just named it as
Check the status of the stack by using
docker stack ps next
Now open any browser and type
next.example.com (whatever host URL used in the Nextcloud configuration in the docker-compose file) to complete Nextcloud installation.
Make sure that you have DNS entry for your application (next.example.com) in your DNS Management Application.
You will be greeted with the admin account creation page first.
Create an Admin account by entering the user name and password. Click on Storage & database to provide database details for it.
We can use SQLite for minimal or development purposes. Please see the below image for reference.
I am going to select MySQL/MariaDB option because I will be using this Nextcloud instance to store my photo albums.
Provide database user name, password, database name, and database instance with the port number. Refer below screenshot for details.
Check the ‘Install recommended apps’ check box to go with default apps and click on the Finish button to complete the setup.
The installation will take 10 mins to complete. After successful installation, we will be greeted below the Nextcloud welcome screen.
If you want to have random background images, download and enable ‘Splash’ apps. Below screenshot for reference.
Please find below images for your reference.
Stay tuned for other deployments in coming posts… 🙄