ownCloud VS Nextcloud

Compare ownCloud vs Nextcloud and see what are their differences.

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ownCloud Nextcloud
8 209
7,586 17,523
0.5% 1.8%
9.9 9.9
4 days ago 2 days ago
GNU General Public License v3.0 or later GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
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Posts with mentions or reviews of ownCloud. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-11-22.
  • Self hosted replacement for google photos?
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/AndroidQuestions | 22 Nov 2021
    Also ownCloud, Seafile or Syncthing.
  • ⟳ 1 apps added, 33 updated at f-droid.org
    22 projects | reddit.com/r/FDroidUpdates | 29 Oct 2021
    It connect * Droid-ify (version 0.3.5): Material-ify with Droid-ify. * Nighthawk Wallet (version 1.0.29): Shielded ZEC in your pocket. With T-address support & Auto-Shielding technology. * Tasks.org: Open-source To-Do Lists & Reminders (version 11.12): Fork of Astrid Tasks & To-Do List * Nextcloud Dev (version 20211027): Synchronization client * UnCiv (version 3.17.12): 4X civilization-building game * Fedilab (version 2.39.0): Fedilab is a multifunctional Android client to access the distributed Fediverse, * Bubble (version 1.2): With Bubble you can measure angles and inclination * Suntimes (version 0.13.14): Sunlight and moonlight times (and alarms) * MedicLog (version 0.2.9): Log basic medical information * Smart EggTimer (version 1.6): With Smart EggTimer you can cook eggs perfectly. * ClassyShark3xodus - Scan apps for warnings (version 2.0-28): Scan apps for trackers * Catima — The Libre Card Wallet (version 2.8.1): For your barcodes, memberships, loyalty programs, coupons and tickets. * Hendroid (version 1.15.10): Doujinshi & Hentai-Manga archiving and viewing app * FairEmail (version 1.1768): Fully featured email client. Neat, intuitive user interface. Privacy friendly * Les Pas - Photo Album for Nextcloud (version 2.3.9): A photo album that saves all your precious memory in your private cloud * UntrackMe (version 1.20.0): Transform Youtube, Twitter & Instagram links to their free and open source alter * ownCloud (version 2.18.3): Add an ownCloud server now and get … Your Cloud, Your Data, Your Way! * Easy Diary (version A diary application optimized for user experience
  • ⟳ 2 apps added, 78 updated at f-droid.org
    29 projects | reddit.com/r/FDroidUpdates | 9 Oct 2021
    ownCloud (version 2.18.2): Add an ownCloud server now and get … Your Cloud, Your Data, Your Way!
  • What is a good alternative to gmail?
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/freesoftware | 19 Apr 2021
    If you'd use something like your own http://owncloud.org/ you could have a pretty much google alternative for everything in once place. (Mail, Calendar, Documents, Photos, etc)
  • Question: SBCs for personal cloud
    4 projects | reddit.com/r/SBCs | 27 Mar 2021
    I want to set up a basic file storage/sharing cloud that I can use with my family (store files, photos, if possible, sync calendars). I have a few ideas in mind: owncloud.org, syncthing.net, nextcloud.com, and seafile.com, but I wonder which SBC to use? I could always get a RPi and attach a USB drive, but that's probably slow, something with SATA/eSATA connection or usb-c would make more sense. I have 150mbps (up/down) connection, so the speed shouldn't be an issue.
  • BDD on Software Rewrite
    4 projects | dev.to | 15 Feb 2021
    Let me show how it works at ownCloud. They are exactly in that situation, they have a stable and great product (ownCloud X written in PHP) but want to rewrite it in Go - OCIS (you can read about the reasons and background here). We as JankariTech have been working since 2017 for ownCloud to improve the test infrastructure, increase the coverage and reduce manual testing effort. As a result of this partnership, ownCloud has a huge API and UI test-suite that covers nearly all functionality of ownCloud X. How do you transfer that over to OCIS?
  • Complete rewrite of ownCloud to move away from LAMP
    3 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 22 Jan 2021
    > Most rewrites fails because the team rewriting is not the team that did the initial development.

    Looking at https://github.com/owncloud/core/graphs/contributors, most of the initial core contributors contribute now to Nextcloud instead.

    I am interested in seeing how the rewrite affects end-users. Currently, it seems to be mainly focused on File Sync and I don't see things such as calendar or contacts management. (they totally could appear in the future though)

    I'd assume that limiting the scope of components, makes a rewrite also easier. Nextcloud for example has a ton of hooks that allow you to write apps to customize the behaviour (want users to sign the ToS before downloading a share? Should be doable etc.). When you leave these out, implementing new things just got a whole lot easier :)

    Disclaimer: Contributed to ownCloud for a few years, then to Nextcloud.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Nextcloud. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-11-26.
  • Protocol / software to use for transfering files over the Internet using Windows File Explorer
    1 project | reddit.com/r/HomeNetworking | 3 Dec 2021
    I don't have personal experience with it, but I've seen NextCloud mentioned a lot. It offers a number of ways to access files (Web browser, smartphone app and desktop client. Since you mentioned Windows File Explorer integration, the desktop client will probably be of interest to you.
  • Changelog for v23?
    1 project | reddit.com/r/NextCloud | 1 Dec 2021
  • Ich möchte an einer Datei von meinem Rechner zuhause und unterwegs vom Laptop aus arbeiten, wie mache ich das am besten?
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/de | 26 Nov 2021
  • Kaip persiųsti didelį failą? 3 populiariausi būdai
    1 project | reddit.com/r/helphelp | 20 Nov 2021
  • ⟳ 1 apps added, 32 updated at f-droid.org
    9 projects | reddit.com/r/FDroidUpdates | 18 Nov 2021
    Nextcloud (version 3.17.1): Synchronization client
  • OPSEC as a High Risk Individual
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/opsec | 18 Nov 2021
    icloud is not secure (see [1] and [2]) use Nextcloud, self host if possible, of not use a provider outside of the Five Eyes its recommended to stay outside of the Fourteen Eyes but at the bare minimum stay outside the Five Eyes.
  • Creating my own cloud storage from my home PC
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/opendirectories | 15 Nov 2021
    Reading a bit between the lines, maybe you're looking for something a bit more like Dropbox? Then you can have a look at Nextcloud.
  • Heard you guys look good-looking dashboard, so here's one! (DETAILS IN COMMENTS)
    20 projects | reddit.com/r/selfhosted | 14 Nov 2021
    The link for the Github Page is here: https://github.com/pawelmalak/flameMy Applications:About Me: An about me page, well, about me (duh)Cockpit: A server monitoring tool (https://cockpit-project.org)Pi-Hole: An DNS-based adblocking monster (https://pi-hole.net)Wireguard: Home VPN with a Web GUI (https://github.com/WeeJeWel/wg-easy)Nextcloud: A place to store my files (https://nextcloud.com)Rocket Chat: The way I use to talk to international friends (imagine having those) (https://rocket.chat)Portainer: A way to monitor all my 29 RAM-eating dockers (https://www.portainer.io)Aria2Admin: A download manager with a Web GUI (https://hub.docker.com/r/beginor/aria2)Privatebin: Pastebin, but more private (Ya see what I did there? Its bad? Oh.) (https://privatebin.info)Code Server: VS-Code, but in a browser (https://github.com/cdr/code-server)PhoneInfoGA: Lookup any phone number (because scammers made me) (https://github.com/sundowndev/phoneinfoga)NGINX: Reverse Proxy Manager with a Web GUI (https://nginxproxymanager.com)Librespeed: Speedtest.net without the ADs (https://librespeed.org)Shlink: A link shortener (https://shlink.io)AMP: 1.17 Paper Minecraft Server Control Panel with a Web GUI (https://cubecoders.com/AMP)Whoogle: A self-hosted search engine (IT REALLY GIVES THE SAME EXACT RESULTS THAT GOOGLE GIVES, LIKE IN ORDER) (https://github.com/benbusby/whoogle-search)Plex: A way to view my totally not pirated movies (totally, who would dare to pirate) (https://www.plex.tv)Tautulli: Way to manage plex (https://tautulli.com)Metube: Youtube-DL with a Web GUI (https://github.com/alexta69/metube)Homebridge: A way to add way more smart devices to the Apple Home app (https://homebridge.io)CUPS: A print server (who needs a new wireless printer, when you can make your own?) (https://www.cups.org)Vaultwarden: My life saver who has been then from the beginning, ahem, I mean a password manager (https://github.com/dani-garcia/vaultwarden)Uptime Kuma: A way to check if any of my services go down (and a way to get mass pinged at 12AM, since I update all my dockers at 12AM) (https://github.com/louislam/uptime-kuma)Router: Totally not my router page (I hate FiOS too, dw) (https://www.verizon.com/home/fios/)
  • Tell me any app, and I respond an open source alternative.
    12 projects | reddit.com/r/memes | 12 Nov 2021
  • Best method to send files/photos from CalyxOS to computer
    1 project | reddit.com/r/CalyxOS | 12 Nov 2021
    I use Netxcloud https://nextcloud.com/ . Every time I take a photo/screenshot/whatever it is automatically syncs with my Nextcloud server. I can't recommend it enough.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing ownCloud and Nextcloud you can also consider the following projects:


OpenMediaVault - openmediavault is the next generation network attached storage (NAS) solution based on Debian Linux. It contains services like SSH, (S)FTP, SMB/CIFS, DAAP media server, RSync, BitTorrent client and many more. Thanks to the modular design of the framework it can be enhanced via plugins. OpenMediaVault is primarily designed to be used in home environments or small home offices, but is not limited to those scenarios. It is a simple and easy to use out-of-the-box solution that will allow everyone to install and administrate a Network Attached Storage without deeper knowledge.

Samba - https://gitlab.com/samba-team/samba is the Official GitLab mirror of https://git.samba.org/samba.git -- Merge requests should be made on GitLab (not on GitHub)

minio - High Performance, Kubernetes Native Object Storage

syncthing - Open Source Continuous File Synchronization

Seafile - High performance file syncing and sharing, with also Markdown WYSIWYG editing, Wiki, file label and other knowledge management features.

Piwigo - Manage your photos with Piwigo, a full featured open source photo gallery application for the web. Star us on Github! More than 200 plugins and themes available. Join us and contribute!

filemanager - 📂 Web File Browser

EteSync Server - The Etebase server (so you can run your own)

librephotos - A self-hosted open source photo management service. This is the repository of the backend.