How to Install ownCloud on Debian 7 with Nginx

This tutorial is to show you how to install ownCloud on Debian 7 using Nginx and PHP5-FPM.

In order for this to work correctly you will need to follow these instructions.

Please run the following commands:

  • apt-get update
  • dpkg-reconfigure locales (We recommend using en_US.UTF-8 UTF.8)
  • apt-get upgrade
  • apt-get install nano

nano /etc/apt/sources.list – Add the following

deb wheezy all

deb-src wheezy all

  • wget
  • apt-key add dotdeb.gpg
  • apt-get update
  • apt-get install nginx php5 php5-fpm php5-gd php5-mysql mysql-server

When it installs MySQL it will ask you to make a password, you need to remember this.

  • mysql –u root –p (Enter password you made above when asked)
  • create database owncloud;
  • exit;
  • rm /etc/nginx/sites-available/default
  • nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/default

Enter this config and change sub.domain.tld to your domain.

server {
listen 80;
server_name sub.domain.tld;

# Path to the root of your installation
root /var/www/owncloud;

client_max_body_size 10G; # set max upload size
fastcgi_buffers 64 4K;

rewrite ^/caldav(.*)$ /remote.php/caldav$1 redirect;
rewrite ^/carddav(.*)$ /remote.php/carddav$1 redirect;
rewrite ^/webdav(.*)$ /remote.php/webdav$1 redirect;

index index.php;
error_page 403 /core/templates/403.php;
error_page 404 /core/templates/404.php;

location = /robots.txt {
allow all;
log_not_found off;
access_log off;

location ~ ^/(data|config|\.ht|db_structure\.xml|README) {
deny all;

location / {
# The following 2 rules are only needed with webfinger
rewrite ^/.well-known/host-meta /public.php?service=host-meta last;
rewrite ^/.well-known/host-meta.json /public.php?service=host-meta-json last;

rewrite ^/.well-known/carddav /remote.php/carddav/ redirect;
rewrite ^/.well-known/caldav /remote.php/caldav/ redirect;

rewrite ^(/core/doc/[^\/]+/)$ $1/index.html;

try_files $uri $uri/ index.php;

location ~ ^(.+?\.php)(/.*)?$ {
try_files $1 = 404;

include fastcgi_params;
fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$1;
fastcgi_param PATH_INFO $2;
fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php5-fpm.sock;

# Optional: set long EXPIRES header on static assets
location ~* ^.+\.(jpg|jpeg|gif|bmp|ico|png|css|js|swf)$ {
expires 30d;
# Optional: Don’t log access to assets
access_log off;



  • mkdir –p /var/www/owncloud
  • cd /var/www/owncloud
  • wget
  • apt-get install bzip2
  • tar xvjf owncloud-6.0.1.tar.bz2
  • cd owncloud
  • mv * ../
  • mkdir data
  • chown –R www-data:www-data /var/www/owncloud/
  • service nginx restart

Browse to your domain, follow on screen instructions.