Manual install of a nextcloud app

Manual install of a nextcloud app

2021, Feb 07    

Recently when updating nextcloud version’s I noticed some apps weren’t making it through to the other side.

In particular the nextcloud social app was missing after an update. When I tried to reinstall it from my clouds appstore it was giving me a failed to extract error.

So this is more of a workaround that I’ve been using in the meantime to manually install and activate it.

The steps

You will need ssh access to your cloud server and root.

 user@cloud:$ sudo su
 root@cloud:# cd /var/www/nextcloud/apps
 # wget
 # tar -zxvf social-0.4.2.tar.gz
 # rm social-0.4.2.tar.gz
 # chown -R www-data:www-data social
 # cd ..
 # sudo -u www-data php occ app:enable social
  • Just to clarify sudo su to become root.
  • Then change to your nextcloud installations apps directory.
  • You can use wget to download the apps tar.gz release file from github.
  • extract the file with tar -zxvf
  • remove the compressed file
  • set proper permissions with chown
  • use occ to enable app.
    • occ lives in your nextcloud installations root folder and is run from there.
    • sudo -u www-data /var/www/nextcloud/occ