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Owncloud/Nextcloud is very heavy and requires devices with relatively powerful processors, while it will run well even on weak PC and servers, it is too heavy for low-power devices like a router or a NAS.

It's recommended to have at least a dualcore ARMv7 processor if you are not running OpenWrt on PC/server hardware.

I've installed OwnCloud on an TP-Link TL-WR2543ND, using lighttpd and sorry, it's dead slow! :-(


I've also installed it on a more powerful TP_Link TL-WDR3500 but it's still very slow, 4-5 secs per page…

motherjoker 2014/06/05 15:41

Get OpenWrt

Use Attitude Adjustment or current trunk-version of OpenWrt[0], because one necessary package (php5-mod-zip) isn't available in version 10.3.1. The web resources of OpenWrt will help you figuring out what firmware you will need for your device and how to flash it.

OpenWrt is not built with locale support by default, which is needed for ownCloud. Therefore this HOWTO only works if you compile your own OpenWRT firmware image and include full language support in the kernel. For more information see

Get USB-support

ownCloud is around 30 MB and you will like to store your data somewhere. So best both is done on some external storage because small routers don't have that much. Have a look in the OpenWrt-Wiki at usb.essentials [1] and[2], and figure out what USB-mode your device is using (ohci or uhci) and know what filesystem is on your storage (here: ext4).

You have to run an update of the package-lists before you can install any software

opkg update

Install USB-support (this is for USB 2.0, see usb.essentials for USB 1.1 support)

opkg install kmod-usb2
insmod ehci-hcd

If you see messages like “unresolved symbol usb_calc_bus_time” try loading usbcore and then try ehci-hcd again:

insmod usbcore
insmod ehci-hcd

Install USB-storage support

opkg install kmod-usb-storage kmod-usb-storage-extras block-mount kmod-fs-ext4 kmod-scsi-generic

Create a mount-point like this

mkdir /mnt/sda1

Figure out which device is your USB-stick/drive and mount it. It helps to list /dev with the USB-device and without - in this case its /dev/sda1.

mount -t ext4 /dev/sda1 /mnt/sda1 -o rw,sync

Get fstab to auto-mount the usb-stick on startup, otherwise your webserver won't come up and you have to start it after mounting manually. ( FIXME Insert how-to here) Even if auto-mounting on startup works, it probably ends too late when the webserver tries to start. To make sure the webserver is up after booting, insert this line into /etc/rc.local before “exit 0”:

/etc/init.d/lighttpd start

If <= 8MB flash: Get extroot

If your device has only 8 MB of flash-memory (or even less), it is too small to get all the dependencies on it. You'll need to put the operating-system on the USB-device as well. Have a look at extroot_configuration and follow the instructions for trunk. The flavour “New external overlay variant (pivot overlay)” worked for me on a TP-Link WR1043ND quite well. Remember to use both steps while “Duplicate Data”: pivot overlay and pivot root.

Install & configure webserver

use luci with httpd (default web server for luci)

May you have already the OpenWrt web-interface (luci) on your router, may you want to get the OpenWrt web-interface initially.

If you like OpenWrt-webinterface luci, install it

opkg install uhttpd luci

You're able to start uhttpd twice: Add a new uhttpd section in the /etc/config/uhttpd file. And don't forget to serve luci on another port.

config uhttpd owncloud list listen_http list listen_http option home /www/owncloud list interpreter “.php=/usr/bin/php-cgi” option index_page index.php, index.html, index.htm, default.html, default.htm … config uhttpd config list listen_https list listen_https option home /www

after a restart of uhhtp

/etc/init.d/uhttpd restart

you should be able to reach luci under e.g.

disable httpd and use luci on lighttpd

Somewhere I got the hint to use lighttpd for running ownCloud. I tried out uhttpd simultaneously - the interface looked quite broken.

If you don't want to run two web servers simultaneously:

Disable uhttpd even after reboot

/etc/init.d/uhttpd disable
/etc/init.d/uhttpd stop

Remember, at this point you can't use luci. So install lighttpd:

opkg install lighttpd lighttpd-mod-cgi lighttpd-mod-fastcgi lighttpd-mod-access

If the httpd server is located on the SquashFS, it is not recomend to remove the files from the space, due to wasting space by doing this (learn more about SquashFS!). Otherwise you're able to remove httpd by typing

opkg --force-depends remove uhttpd

Now configure lighttpd, to be able to use luci again.

Edit the config-file /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf

Uncomment the mod_cgi:

server.modules = (

see errors on syslog:

server.error-log-use-syslog = "enable"

assign luci to lua

cgi.assign = ( "luci" => "/usr/bin/lua" )

At this point it's possible to start the server…

/etc/init.d/lighttpd start
/etc/init.d/lighttpd enable

…and access luci again. Use e.g.

Configure lighttpd for OwnCloud

server.modules = (

cause, we'll move the Luci-Server to the Port 81; we need the port 80 for the OwnCloud-Server:

server.port = 80

Set www-root for OwnCloud (We will add a new server for Luci later.):

server.document-root = "/www/owncloud"

Add these lines to secure the access to the data according to ownCloud WebServer-notes[3], beware that in this example the ownCloud-folder is our www-root

$HTTP["url"] =~ "^/data/" {
	url.access-deny = ("")
$HTTP["url"] =~ "^($|/)" {
	dir-listing.activate = "disable"

And append a new server for luci:

$SERVER["socket"] == ":81" {
	server.document-root = "/www"
	cgi.assign = ("luci" => "/usr/bin/lua")

Due to this, remember to remove the line we have added before:

#cgi.assign = ( "luci" => "/usr/bin/lua" )

Restart the webserver with

/etc/init.d/lighttpd restart

And make sure it's enabled for next boots:

/etc/init.d/lighttpd enabled

Now point your browser to http://yourhost/index.php and see if this manual missed something. If so, please contact the author (see details below) or get an account for this wiki and fix the how-to yourself :)

Install & configure PHP

Get the dirty part: php and sqlite. I am not sure if really all of these packages are necessary, but it seems so:

opkg install php5 php5-cgi php5-fastcgi php5-mod-json php5-mod-session php5-mod-zip libsqlite3 zoneinfo-core php5-mod-pdo php5-mod-pdo-sqlite php5-mod-ctype php5-mod-mbstring php5-mod-gd sqlite3-cli php5-mod-sqlite3 php5-mod-curl curl php5-mod-xml php5-mod-simplexml php5-mod-hash php5-mod-dom php5-mod-iconv

Those packages are also suggested:

opkg install php5-mod-mcrypt php5-mod-openssl php5-mod-fileinfo php5-mod-exif

Configure /etc/php.ini to our needs and change the doc_root to our www-root:

error_log = syslog
doc_root =
memory_limit = 32M

Check that the extensions are enabled:

/etc/php5/<extension>.ini should contains extension=<extension>.ini

Play around with memory_limit, I reduced the value form 8MB to 4MB … but maybe 50MB might be better with 64MB RAM.

run php

/etc/init.d/php5-fastcgi enable
/etc/init.d/php5-fastcgi start

activate PHP in lighttpd.conf

Uncomment to enable the fastcgi module

server.modules = (

Add “index.php” to the list of index-file.names:

index-file.names = ( "index.php", "index.html", "default.html", "index.htm", "default.htm" )
static-file.exclude-extensions = (".php, ".pl", ".fcgi")

Include php by using fast-cgi (gample against max-procs for performance):

fastcgi.server = (
	".php" => ((
		"bin-path" => "/usr/bin/php-fcgi",
		"socket" => "/tmp/php.socket",
		"max-procs" => 1

Only if you are using normal cgi mode for PHP, you'll need the following line

cgi.assign = (".php" => "/usr/bin/php-cgi")

Restart the webserver with

/etc/init.d/lighttpd restart

Now point your browser to http://yourhost/index.php (first create a helpful content to this file) and see if this manual missed something. If so, please contact the author (see details below) or get an account for this wiki and fix the how-to yourself.

Get SSL (optional)

Probably you want to run lighttpd with SSL/https to get your traffic crypted. These instructions are taken from [4]. For generating a key you need to install libopenssl and the openssl-utils

opkg install libopenssl openssl-utils

(or openssl-util without the 's?)

Now you can create a folder for your key like this

mkdir /etc/lighttpd/ssl/YOURDOMAIN -p

Within that you can create your key with the following command. You will be asked to provide some information for the certificate.

openssl req -new -x509 -keyout server.pem -out server.pem -days 365 -nodes

Make the file only accessable to root

chmod 0600 /etc/lighttpd/ssl/YOURDOMAIN
chmod 0600 /etc/lighttpd/ssl/YOURDOMAIN/server.pem

Now we can uncomment the lines for SSL in lighttp.conf and modify the path to the server.pem:

ssl.engine = "enable"                             
ssl.pemfile = "/etc/lighttpd/ssl/YOURDOMAIN/server.pem"

Restart the webserver afterwards - don't wonder if it isn't anymore reachable via http:

/etc/init.d/lighttpd restart

unleash OwnCloud

Download and unpack the newest revision:

cd /tmp wget opkg update opkg install tar cd /www tar -xjf /tmp/owncloud-X.X.X.tar.bz2

Now you should cleanup:

rm /tmp/owncloud-X.X.X.tar.bz2 opkg remove –autoremove tar

You have to configure the rights of the /www/owncloud in addition.

chown -R root:root /www/owncloud chmod 770 -R /mnt/sda1/owncloud/data
cd /mnt/sda1 mkdir owncloud cd owncloud mkdir data chown -R root:root /mnt/sda1/owncloud chmod 770 -R /mnt/sda1/owncloud

Open your Website and configure your first steps, then wait for a loooonnnnngggg time and you'll see the result.

The easiest way to install owncloud

Format your USB drive as ext3 or ext4 and plug it into your Openwrt router

download the script from, run it and you are good to go

wget #This link does not available now.


The script will download, install and configure all necessary web server components automatically. All software will be installed onto the external USB storage.

Owncloud on alternative destination

If you don't want to set up a extroot, you can install owncloud on a different location (doc:techref:opkg#mount.point)

Install php on another location, then

ln -s /opt/etc/php.ini /etc/php.ini ln -s /opt/etc/php5 /etc/php5

If you still get errors related timezones and calls to undefined functions:

opkg -dest usb install zoneinfo-core zoneinfo-[your region] ln -s /opt/usr/lib/php /usr/lib/php ln -s /opt/usr/share/zoneinfo/ /usr/share/zoneinfo/


Known bugs

  • Even if php5-mod-xml (and php5-mod-simplexml, -xmlreader and -xmlwriter) are installed, ownCloud lists php-xml as a missing dependency. Anyone an idea?
  • It can be fixed by selecting php5-mod-xml when you make php5. If you don't, libxml will not be loaded, even if phh5-mod-xml is installed later.

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docs/guide-user/services/nas/owncloud.txt · Last modified: 2018/03/03 20:56 by bobafetthotmail