Install ownCloud Desktop Client on Ubuntu 20.04

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If you are using ownCloud server as a central file repository in your environment, chances are you might need sth to help you synchronize the your files seamlessly between the ownCloud server and your desktop system. ownCloud provides a desktop client for this purpose. In this guide, we will learn how to install ownCloud desktop client on Ubuntu 20.04.

Install ownCloud Desktop Client on Ubuntu 20.04

There are two ways in which you can install ownCloud desktop client on Ubuntu 20.04;

  1. Through Official ownCloud APT repos
  2. Manually using ownCloud DEB binary package

However, as of this writing, there is only available the daily release versions of the Official ownCloud APT repos as well as the binary packages.

Therefore, in the meantime, you can install ownCloud client on Ubuntu 20.04 from the Universe repositories. Note that the packages provided by this repo is not up-to-date.

Install ownCloud Desktop Client on Ubuntu 20.04 via Universe repos

To install ownCloud Desktop client from the Universe repos, simply execute the commands below;

apt update
apt install owncloud-client

Install ownCloud Desktop client via APT repos

NOTE: As stated above, there is only available the daily release versions of the Official ownCloud APT repos. The appropriate updates will be made as soon the official repos for Ubuntu 20.04 are available.

Install ownCloud Desktop APT repo signing key

Execute the command below to install the ownCloud desktop APT repos signing key (for the daily build releases);

wget -qO - https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/isv:ownCloud:desktop:daily:2.6/Ubuntu_20.04/Release.key | apt-key add -

Install ownCloud Desktop APT repos

Once the repository signing key is installed, install the repository itself (for the daily build releases).

sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/isv:/ownCloud:/desktop:/daily:/2.6/Ubuntu_20.04/ /' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/isv:ownCloud:desktop:daily:2.6.list"

Run System Package Update

Update your system package cache;

apt update

Install ownCloud Desktop Client

The ownCloud Desktop client repos are now in place and you can install the client by executing the command;

apt install owncloud-client

Install ownCloud Desktop Client using DEB Binary Package

You can as well download and install the ownCloud desktop client using the DEB binary package. Similarly, the daily build release versions are available as of this writing;

wget https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/isv:/ownCloud:/desktop:/daily:/2.6/Ubuntu_20.04/amd64/owncloud-client_2.6.3~daily20200528+oc-2586_amd64.deb

Before you can run the installation using the ownCloud DEB binary package, note that there is a quite a number of required dependencies which are provided only by the official APT repos. Hence, ensure that you have the APT repos in place before you can run the command below;

apt install ./owncloud-client_2.6.3~daily20200528+oc-2586_amd64.deb

Connecting to ownCloud Server with ownCloud Desktop Client

Once the installation is done, you can launch ownCloud from activities menu;

Once the client runs, enter the ownCloud server connection address.

Set the user login credentials.

Next, configure your local folder settings.

Connect to ownCloud server and start synchronizing your files.

That brings us to the end of our guide on how to install ownCloud Desktop Client on Ubuntu 20.04.

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