Your journey with Nextcloud

Everyone’s journey to Nextcloud is different.

You may have been searching for a secure place to host all your data on premise, for a GDPR private solution for your organization, or for an open source office suite.

You may have heard about us through a friend, our social media channels, or from reading a review on a rating platform while comparing other solutions.

Whatever your need was, or whomever you heard about it from, most importantly it led you to Nextcloud. We are so happy you’re here!

If Nextcloud has helped your organization, business, home office or single project in at least one way, we invite you to share your experience. One of the best ways to do that is through posting a review on one of the many popular rating platforms online.

If you don’t know where to start, think back to when you first heard about Nextcloud. What sparked your interest? What benefits and features intrigued you? Alternatively:

💡 What was one of the 1st things that made you love Nextcloud?

💡 Over time, how has Nextcloud improved your work?

💡 What shared values do you have with Nextcloud? Open source, keeping data private, etc.

The following are several top rating platforms for writing about your journey with Nextcloud:

Capterra

Capterra by Gartner is a popular rating platform that helps businesses choose better software since 1999. Currently, Nextcloud has an average score of 4.6 out of 5!

Nextcloud on Capterra

Rate Nextcloud by:

  • Overall rating
  • Ease of use
  • Customer service
  • Features
  • Value for money
  • Liklihood to recommend
  • Pros & cons
  • And more!

“…It [Nextcloud] serves as a platform for many other key business applications which we need, such as collaborative document editing, calendar and contact sync and share, internal knowledge base (wiki), and more.”

Review on capterra

Software Advice

Software Advice also by Gartner stresses getting one-on-one and personalized recommendations. Here Nextcloud also scores a 4.63 out of 5!

Nextcloud on Software Advice

Rate Nextcloud through:

  • A friendly video review!
  • Ease-of-use
  • Customer Support
  • Value for money
  • Functionality
  • Pros & cons
  • Reasons for choosing and/or switching to Nextcloud

“The real innovation and open source spirit are in Nextcloud.”

Review on software advice

G2

G2 lets you choose the right software and services for your business based on authentic, timely reviews from real users.

Nextcloud on G2

Rate Nextcloud by:

  • What you like and don’t like
  • What problem it solves
  • Video reviews
  • Comment on others reviews

“You are the owner of your data, no cloud is stronger than you.”

review on g2

TrustRadius

TrustRadius connects buyers and vendors with the most trusted content. Nextcloud scores an 8.7 out of 10!

Rate Nextcloud by:

  • Pros & cons
  • Return on investment
  • Alternatives considered
  • Key insights
  • Likelihood to recommend

“All in all, a 10/10 experience from a security, data privacy and user experience perspective.”

review on trustradius

GetApp

GetApp has 10+ years recommending software to business leaders. Nextcloud is rate 4.6 out of 5!

Rate Nextcloud by:

  • Ease of use
  • Value for money
  • Customer support
  • Features
  • Likelihood to recommend
  • Pros and cons
  • Video review

“[Pros:] The amount of collaboration that is possible with Nextcloud, ease of set up on private server (with Docker), perfect integration with different platforms and compatibility with tools.”

review on getapp

More Rating Platforms

Thank you for choosing Nextcloud and trusting us to make your data YOURS!

Every new year marks the time for reflection and change. By waving goodbye to 2022, we also said hello to the revamp of the Nextcloud Podcast.

Starting this January 2023, we have a brand new host from our very own team – Marius Quabeck! Marius is Nextcloud’s Video and Audio Producer, plus a blogger, YouTuber and streamer which makes him an excellent fit for this year’s podcast series.

“I am thrilled to take on the role of host for this podcast and bring you a year of engaging content around Nextcloud and Open Source. With 12 shows planned this year, we’ll have expert interviews and interesting conversations. A big thank you to Ingo Ebel, who has been the host since the first episode and for building this podcast.”

Marius Quabeck, Video and Audio Producer at Nextcloud

Every month you can expect a new podcast episode ranging from the latest in technology, news and trends to expert interviews and big name guests.

To kick off this year, we bring you Nextcloud Podcast N. 17: A year in review with Nextcloud’s CEO and founder Frank Karlitschek.

Nextcloud had a busy year to say the least. From events like the Nextcloud Conference to the Nextcloud Hub 3 release and more, 2022 holds many milestones and experiences for our users. In this exciting new episode, Marius talks to Frank about a variety of Nextcloud topics. You can be sure to learn about:

And more!

This is an engaging episode that will leave you with a better idea of what Nextcloud accomplished in 2022 and faces this year in the world of open source, an ever changing cloud computing scene, the fediverse and more.

We now invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy the podcast!

Listen to the latest episode now!

Shownotes

Nextcloud Hub 3 (25.0.3) and 24.0.9 are out! 23 no longer maintained.

As always, minor releases include stability and security improvements that are designed to be a safe and quick upgrade.

You can find the full changelog of fixes and improvements for these releases on our website.


Note: There will be no more releases of Nextcloud Hub 2 (23.0.x). Upgrade to Nextcloud Enterprise to continue to get security and stability updates or move to Nextcloud Hub 2 (24.0.x) or Nextcloud Hub 3 (25.0.x). Don’t forget that running web-facing software without regular updates is risky. Please stay up to date with Nextcloud releases of both the server and its apps, for the safety of your data! Customers can always count on our upgrade support if needed.

Note²: PHP 7.4 is no longer officially supported by the PHP community. Nextcloud has supported PHP 8.0 and newer versions for some time now, and we strongly recommend you move to a newer version of PHP. Version 8.0 is already out of active support (!) and has only 11 months of security updates left. Nextcloud Hub 3 (25.0.x) deprecates PHP 7.4 but still works with it. Still we recommend you use PHP 8.1 and our upcoming Hub 4 release will drop 7.4 support. This release is also on track to support PHP 8.2 which was released today.

Ready to move to Nextcloud Hub 3?

Nextcloud Hub 3 was released last October and we highly recommend that you upgrade to benefit from the latest features. Check out the release announcement here.

Nextcloud Hub 3

End of public support for Nextcloud Hub 2 (23.0.x series)

Nextcloud Hub 2 (23.0.x) is no longer maintained. We will continue to release security and bug fix updates only for Nextcloud Enterprise 23 and older. If you are a home user, move to Hub 2 (24.0.x) or Hub 3 (25.0.x) as soon as possible. If you use Nextcloud in a commercial setting, check out our Nextcloud Enterprise as that is likely more suited for you. As always we strongly recommend you update to ensure you have a secure and reliable content collaboration platform that respects your digital sovereignty!


This is, of course, also true for apps: Keeping them updated has security benefits, besides the new features and other bug fixes.

Stay safe: keep your server up-to-date!

Minor Nextcloud releases are security and functionality bug fixes, not rewrites of major systems that risk user data! We also do extensive testing, both in our code base and by upgrading a series of real-world systems to the test versions. This ensures that upgrades to minor releases are generally painless and reliable. As the updates not only fix feature issues but also security problems, it is a bad idea to not upgrade!


If you are maintaining a mission-critical Nextcloud system for your enterprise, it is highly recommended that you get yourself some insurance (and job security… who gets blamed if the file handling system isn’t working as expected?). A hotline to the core Nextcloud developers is the best guarantee for reliable service for your users, and the job safety of you as a system administrator.

On a typical work day, employees use countless different platforms and tools to get their tasks done. From taking a Zoom call, to emailing via Outlook to uploading files on Dropbox, before you know it you’re switching between different applications the entire work day. A Harvard Business Review study has coined this the “toggle tax” and found that employees spend almost four hours a week re-orienting themselves after toggling between applications – that’s five weeks per year, or 9% of their annual time at work.

It’s no wonder companies today are faced with so many different solutions, as people turning to home office has resulted in explosive growth of new innovations used in modern organizations worldwide. To combat the issue of too many choices, many companies have decided to consolidate all tools and applications into a single, productivity platform.

The single platform has become a one-stop-shop for all your work life: your files, contacts, collaboration efforts and more. This IT innovation saves on cost, improves security and productivity of employees.

In this blog, we will explain the factors influencing companies and governments to choose integrated productivity platforms like Nextcloud over an assortment of individual tools.

Costs

There is a financial cost associated with using multiple platforms for work productivity. Let’s take a look at what some popular platforms are charging businesses and how Nextcloud, a single, integrated platform, compares, from a reputable hosting partner, Deutsche Telekom:

SlackZoomDropboxCalendlyNextcloud
141€ per year189.90€ per year216€ per user, per year 192€ per user, per yearNextcloud hosting at Deutsche Telekom*
475€/100 users/month



Total price per year for 100 users: 41,130€Total price per year for 100 users: 5,484€
*Deutsche Telekom’s pricing plan recommended for 100 users (an example of a hosting partner, find others on our website)

As you can see, when businesses choose to use multiple different platforms, costs will add up significantly. Luckily, this is entirely avoidable with a single productivity platform that is an all-in-one. For a fraction of the cost, you can have all the tools you need for your employees. That goes without noting Nextcloud is entirely open source, avoiding vendor lock-in and protecting your customers’s data privacy.

But there is more to the cost. In most organizations, purchasing a SaaS service or another is a very easy and informal process. And with all those vendors you end up with, getting an overview of what you spend IT budget on is nearly impossible. It is no wonder that studies show over 1/3rd of SaaS spending is wasted. Much of that is due to subscriptions on apps that are no longer used, for employees who left the company, and so on. But here’s the trick: having less vendors means it is easier to get control over your spending!

Now let’s talk about the next benefit, productivity.

Productivity

Nextcloud team at work

Switching between different user interfaces all day may seem like second nature, but it adds up in more ways than one. As stated in the Harvard Business Review study, research in psychology and neuroscience have shown that jumping between tasks — also called “context switching” — is cognitively taxing. It slows you down, derails your focus causing more opportunities for errors and ultimately decreases your daily work productivity.

Take this example: You’ve finally finished a project with an important customer and you’re ready to show the final report to your manager. However, you can’t remember where your final report is located. Did you upload it onto Dropbox? Or was it in that long email chain? Or rather, did your colleague put it on his daughter’s USB stick while he was working from home? As you can see, a file can get lost quite easily if you don’t have one dedicated place for it, not to mention the communication and workflow involving the file. In Nextcloud’s single platform, your file is stored where you left it – in one folder.

Not only is everything in one place making things easier, but tools are integrated. Back to our example, once you’re in a video call to show your manager your final report, you can simply share the file right into the conversation. With Nextcloud Talk, you can share any file, document or spreadsheet in a chat or video call. Forgetting your final report’s location is a problem simply in the past.

More examples of Nextcloud’s interoperability are:

Your collaboration possibilities are truly endless when you never have to leave the platform.

Security

In just the first half of 2022, there have been 236.1 million ransomware attacks worldwide. Given this incredible rise of ransomware attacks, it’s vital for your organization or company to take protective action. Using 5 different applications means 5x the risk of a breach, and often, due to password re-use or single-sign-on, a breach in one spreads to the others. So, using a single collaboration platform decreases the security risks of an organisation or company.

As a Nextcloud Enterprise user, you have access to early security and stability patches and if you host on-premises or in a local data center, it’s all under your control too. No need to wait for a third party to inform you of the breach or hope they act competently.

Ease of maintenance

Each platform you run or use has to be managed and maintained. And especially when you host them yourself, you need to have and maintain the inhouse expertise to run the system. Certainly, running a Java, PHP, Go and Node.JS each require different skills to maintain, security reports to keep up to date with and so on. Besides the different down time schedules this would result in, scaling is another concern: each of these technologies scales in a different way, horizontally or vertically, and has different bottlenecks (CPU, memory, bandwidth and so on).

Certainly, having such a heterogenous environment might be fun for sysadmin. But it won’t be for the rest of the organisation, at least in terms of cost, security and long term stability. And when a problem shows up and the different products and their support teams all point fingers to each other rather than taking responsibility and fixing the problem, even the system administrator will lose interest…

While Nextcloud uses various technologies where it makes sense, including Rust, Go, PHP and C++, it is a well understood and designed whole, scaling consistently. We take responsibility for the entire product, saving cost and improving reliability.

A trend just begun

Integrated, single platforms like Nextcloud are just at the beginning of a trend that’s really just begun. Larger companies like Microsoft and Google have already been working towards single platforms for years because they see the benefits for their customers and cost advantages. Even one-product companies like Zoom are now looking towards expanding into an entire “Zoomtopia” complete with mail and calendar.

But are those separate solutions not better?

Often you’ll hear: pick the best tool for the job. And yes, will Calendly have, somewhere tucked in a corner, a feature you won’t find in an integrated solution from Microsoft, Google or Nextcloud? Perhaps.

Certainly, not all software is the same, and for a feature you lose left, you gain another on the right. But the benefit of an improved user experience often outweighs the occasional feature difference, certainly for less technical users. Is it worth the additional security risk, additional administrative overhead, maintenance work and cost?

If you rely on multiple platforms for their product just because they are “the expert” on their product, you might want to think again. By using a single platform, you save in cost, increase productivity, can rely on high security and maintenance.

What our users have to say

Our users have experienced first-hand what a single platform can do for their business. Read on to see what some of them say about how Nextcloud meets and exceeds their productivity, security and maintenance goals.

“Collabora, Nextcloud Talk, News, Announcement Center is what bounds me within the software. I don’t have to use different applications to communicate with my colleagues, don’t need different applications to sync my files, don’t need different applications to read my atom feeds, etc. You know where I’m going. Nextcloud is the complete set of application. It has indeed replaced Dropbox, Google Drive, Zoom, Google RSS Reader, and tons of other software from my life.”

Diggaj U., reviewer on Capterra

One of the reasons Sam T. chose Nextcloud for his business was because of the large app ecosystem.

“Its easy to use, stable and dependable, extremely customisable, and works across all mobile and desktop operating systems. Perhaps most importantly, through the built in app store, it serves as a platform for many other key business applications which we need, such as collaborative document editing, calendar and contact sync and share, internal knowledge base (wiki), and more.”

Sam T., reviewer on Capterra

“It’s a brilliant way of sharing files across multiple devices and sharing files with others. I was looking for my own version of Dropbox and Nextcloud fits the bill, and some. Some of the more recent Apps really could make this a complete solution, with the Collarora/Onlyoffice integration, Decks, Circles, Passwords, Email, Talk, etc. And it’s open source.”

Adrian W., reviewer on Capterra

How do you use Nextcloud to better collaborate? What does it mean for you to work on a single platform?

We’d love to hear from you – write a comment below or review us today on one of the many rating platforms that support our product and service.

We hope you enjoyed this article about why using a single platform is more productive and efficient by ten-fold!

Users love Nextcloud on G2

Nextcloud’s Daphne Muller, Manager of Alliances, Ecosystem & Support recently starred in Linode’s podcast series Craft of Code.

Besides Daphne’s work at Nextcloud, she is a privacy researcher. She wrote her thesis in university on unnecessary data collection and held a TEDx talk called Privacy is Progress. Her goal is to inform about and advocate against surveillance capitalism and believes that, “by collecting less personal data, we get more innovation, more profitable business models, and most importantly more humanity.”

The episode kicks off discussing companies data management problem of today, as companies hold zetabytes of data, and pose a series of important questions. Who is in charge of all this data and how do they keep it safe?

What to expect from the podcast

Listen to the podcast “How Nextcloud Empowers Users to Take Back Control of Their Data” for free on Apple Podcasts.

Duration: 20 minutes

Setting up a Nextcloud All-in-One or AIO is a simple, effective way to achieve a full-blown Nextcloud installation with many features working out-of-the-box. It provides you easy deployment and maintenance of these features while allowing you to keep your data under your control.

In this blog, you will find the instructions for setting up an All-in-One on Windows 10 and 11. It is compatible with a PC with a x64 CPU with at least 8GB of RAM and 4 cores.

Nextcloud AIO setup

Before you start 🚨

First, you will need to get a public domain and be able to open ports for the guide to work. Also, make sure that you are not behind CGNAT as it will not work with that.

Please also keep in mind that the instructions are for a setup without reverse proxy. If you want to run it behind a reverse proxy, refer to https://github.com/nextcloud/all-in-one/blob/main/reverse-proxy.md.

With that, let’s get started!

Install Docker Desktop 🐳

  1. Download docker for Windows: https://docs.docker.com/desktop/install/windows-install/.
Nextcloud Docker Desktop on Windows Installation

2. Execute the ‘.exe’ and install it.

Docker Desktop installation process

3. Click on ‘OK’ to continue (WSL2 is recommended).

Docker Desktop installation process

4. Wait until you see this screen: and click on ‘Close and restart’ in order to restart the PC.

Docker Desktop installation process

5. Open ‘Docker Desktop,’ then read through and accept the Terms:

Docker Desktop service agreement

6. You should see this popup now and follow the link of the popup (https://aka.ms/wsl2kernel).

Docker Desktop installation process

7. Click on the first link there (WSL2 Linux kernel update package for x64 machines).

Download Linux kernel

8. Download the wsl_update msi and install it.

Linux update setup
Linux update setup

9. Now click on ‘Restart’ in order to restart Docker desktop.

WSL installation incomplete

10. Next you should see this popup after a while and click on ‘Skip tutorial’ in order to skip it:

Docker Desktop installation

11. Finally, Docker Desktop is ready and you should see this:

Run a sample container

12. You should make sure that docker Desktop starts automatically when you log in by ticking the first value in the settings:

Docker Desktop installation process

Install AIO

After you’ve successfully completed installing the Docker Desktop, you can move on to installing your AIO.

13. Now open the command prompt:

command prompt
  1. First, we create the needed docker volumes that we will later use:

Copy and paste this command into the command prompt (make sure that C:\your\data\path exists before or change /host_mnt/c/your/data/path to your needs; this is the exact translation of the host paths into WSL paths).

docker volume create ^
--driver local ^
--name nextcloud_aio_nextcloud_datadir ^
-o device="/host_mnt/c/your/data/path" ^
-o type="none" ^
-o o="bind"

For the backup volume, also make sure that `C:\your\backup\path` exists as well on the host or change it as well to your needs).

docker volume create ^
--driver local ^
--name nextcloud_aio_backupdir ^
-o device="/host_mnt/c/your/backup/path" ^
-o type="none" ^
-o o="bind"

2. Start AIO with this command:

docker run ^
--sig-proxy=false ^
--name nextcloud-aio-mastercontainer ^
--restart always ^
--publish 80:80 ^
--publish 8080:8080 ^
--publish 8443:8443 ^
--volume nextcloud_aio_mastercontainer:/mnt/docker-aio-config ^
--volume //var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock:ro ^
-e NEXTCLOUD_DATADIR="nextcloud_aio_nextcloud_datadir" ^
nextcloud/all-in-one:latest

3. Then you can open the AIO interface at https://localhost:8080. You need to accept the Self-Signed certificate, afterwards you should see this:

Nextcloud AIO setup

4. Click on Open Nextcloud AIO login and paste in your password:

Nextcloud AIO login

5. Now you should finally see the AIO dashboard:

Nextcloud AIO setup

6. Next, type in your public domain that you set up before starting this guide. The interface should help you figure out the exact steps. (Set up DDNS for your domain to point to your public IP, port-forward at least ports 443/tcp and 3478/udp and 3478/tcp to your Windows machine.)

7. After you’ve set it up correctly, it should allow you to pass to the next step where you can configure wanted optional addons and the timezone and click on Start containers in order to download and start them.

Nextcloud AIO setup

8. Now you should see a spinner that will take a while (depending on your internet speed around 10min or more):

Nextcloud AIO setup loading

9. When all containers are downloaded and started, you will see this screen which shows the containers still starting which will do the first install for you:

Nextcloud AIO setup

10. When everything is done, you should see this screen:

Nextcloud AIO setup

11. You can now open your new Nextcloud instance and log in with the given admin credentials.

12. You should also open the `Backup and restore` section type in the volume that you created before like advised and submit it:

Nextcloud AIO setup 'backup and restore'

That’s it! Now everything is set up and ready for production. ✨

Keep your data yours, through your new AIO!

For more information about Nextcloud AIO, check out the Github page.


This AIO manual and guide was created by team member Simon.

Today we introduce a blog post by team member Nimisha, a designer at Nextcloud.

Nimisha has been working with Nextcloud for almost 2 years now, starting off as a contributor and then joining the company soon after.

She joins us today to talk about the journey that led to the new Nextcloud Photos we all know and love!

“In my journey at Nextcloud, there were many projects I enjoyed being a part of, but one of my favourites has to be the Photos revamp.”

Nimisha Vijay

Even before this release, the Photos app was just a place for viewing photos on your instance. It’s safe to say the Photos app was well-loved by the community, with so many of you using it to keep your memories safe, secure and within your reach.

The most recent release of Nextcloud brought with it the biggest overhaul for the humble Photos app, including a photo editor, collaborative albums, and even face and object recognition!

The journey to Photos 2.0

There has always been a tremendous amount of activity around the Photos app in the community. The forums were always abuzz with ideas for new features that could be implemented and old features that weren’t so useful anymore. So as we were swept up in the flurry of brainstorming on how to make this the biggest Nextcloud update ever, help.nextcloud.com was what we turned to!

The initial vision for Photos from Frank was a base. This issue from 2019 holds the original idea for what Photos could be. Then we searched the forum and issue tracker for the most requested features of Photos.

The Github issue with the initial Photos roadmap by Frank

Collaborative albums

Collaborative albums was a big one. Many people mentioned that this was the one thing that was keeping them from switching over to Nextcloud completely. There were multiple, well-thought out designs for how albums could work, as well as some who just thought albums already existed, so it was an obvious contender for a new feature.

Community member jsvaliente talks about using Nextcloud Photos for albums
A Github issue regarding albums by community member Mikescops

Face and object recognition

Face and object recognition was super popular among requests. Although in 2019 it seemed like an advanced futuristic feature, with Marcel’s Recognize app, the dilemma seemed to have been solved where choosing between privacy and the convenience of machine-based categorization became obsolete — why not have both! Read more about face recognition and the Recognize app here.

Issues that were low on the priority list jumped up into focus. A dynamic grid view, where the photo grid doesn’t contain a fixed number of columns for each row, was a feature request that was exactly in alignment with the idea of the Photos refresh.

Recognize app by Marcel Klehr on the Nextcloud app store

Photo editing

We also examined the main competitor to the existing Photos app – Google Photos – to see if there were any essential features that would bridge the gap. One interesting feature was the ability to edit photos. While a full-blown photo editor was not a widely requested feature, many people did mention the process of cropping and rotating pictures to be a cumbersome one (see here). Upon further investigation of the implementation of this functionality, we found that it was actually quite easy to have a fully-fledged editor using the open source library called Filerobot Image Editor, and so it went onto the final feature list!

Community member weingeist starts a discussion on their ideas for Nextcloud Photos

All these improvements were possible because of you, the community. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the discussions towards making Photos, and everyone who participated in building, testing and giving feedback on the new Photos app as well.

Be part of the next improvement!

Want to get more involved? Check out our issue tracker on Github or start a new discussion on this forum! We are always excited about listening to your ideas!

It’s been an incredible year at Nextcloud – thanks to our AMAZING community, partners, customers and users. We’ve hit some great milestones together, and have loved every minute of bringing you the best open-source collaboration platform. As 2022 comes to a close, we would love to share some of our highlights with you.

2 major releases: Nextcloud Hub 2 & 3

This year, Nextcloud announced 2 major releases of Hub 2 in May and Hub 3 in September.

Nextcloud Hub 2 introduced reactions and a media tab in Nextcloud Talk, undo and schedule sending email functionalities, as well as performance and scalability improvements in the back-end of Nextcloud Files.

Nextcloud Hub 3 is coming

Nextcloud Hub 3 was an even greater step forward where we announced our stunning new design, accessibility options and a bunch of new features to improve your digital well-being.

One of our greatest releases yet, we hope it’s brought you joy, productivity and a healthier work life balance.

CloudComputing-Insider Awards winner

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For the 2nd time in a row, Nextcloud won 1st prize in the Cloud Content Management category of the CloudComputing-Insider Awards. The vote came from approximately 70,000 IT professionals and left behind Microsoft and Dropbox.

We’re very proud of this and we’d like to thank everyone who made this possible, that is, all of you! Especially all of you who voted, but also everyone else who consistently helps spread the word or improve Nextcloud directly with code, documentation, or helping other users on our forums. Every bit makes a difference!

Enterprise Day x2

Nextcloud held 2 Enterprise Days this year – in June and October – for our valued customers. Both events had a great turnout, led to interesting discussions and inspired the Nextcloud team to bring you even better features and functionalities for the future. If you got the opportunity to attend this year, thank you for your participation and those who missed it, we will announce next years soon!

In-person Nextcloud Conference

At the beginning of October, Nextcloud hosted its first in-person conference since 2019. Held over the weekend, we welcomed keynote speakers Maik Außendorf from the German Bundestag and digital rights and data privacy experts Felix Reda and Renata Ávila. From there were 2 panel sessions, 26 lightning talks and 4 workshops!

It was so wonderful seeing many of you in person this year and hope you had a great time meeting new people, listening to all the insightful talks and hacking with old friends.

Hackathon with the European Commission

In April and May this year, Nextcloud and the European Commission held the NextGov Hackathon that brought together 60 participants from 33 countries. There were 5 prize winners with 1st place going to a collaborative maps app by a participant from Germany.

Thank you to all the participants who contributed to our goal of building and protecting Europe’s digital sovereignty.

Check out all the winners here.

Success Stories 🌟

Dutch hospital ZGT

Dutch hospital ZGT is one of the first in the medical industry to achieve digital sovereignty with Nextcloud.

Stadtsparkasse Munich

Nextcloud partner HKN has provided this Munich city bank with a secure, compliant collaboration platform.

City of Geneva

Find out how the City of Genève aims to protect their digital sovereignty with this new case study.

Digitally Sovereign Office

Nextcloud Office

European Governments work with Nextcloud to build Digitally Sovereign Office

Role Model

Row of European Union flags

The European Commission praises Nextcloud as a Role Model for the Open-Source Businesses

Nextcloud in Sweden

GDPR compliant collaboration coming to 750K students, teachers and researchers in Sweden

Growing international team 🌍

This year has brought exciting growth to the Nextcloud team. We have hired 16 new employees to several departments and have developed our regional marketing team to reach greater audiences around the world.

Available in more languages! 🚩

We are excited to offer our reach to more people around the world through our website being available in 4 languages (German, French, Spanish and Italian) as well as introducing new social media channels in 8 different languages!

Follow us on ➡️

➤ Twitter:

➤ Facebook:

➤ Linkedin:

8 New Integrations and Partnerships

Shadow

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Rocket.Chat

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OpenProject

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MariaDB

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NUITEQ

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Webex

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Zimbra

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EU Government: Advisory Board

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Extra fun facts

61 new Apps 📱

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34 Events attended 🎫

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15 Webinars 💻

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Ciao 2022! See you in 2023! 🎊

2022 was one for the books. Thank you for being part of this journey with us, and see you in the New Year!

And remember, If you would like to receive more Nextcloud news regularly throughout the next year, subscribe to our Nextcloud Newsletter and keep an eye on our Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn profile!

Cheers,

The Nextcloud Team 💙

Nextcloud Hub 3 (25.0.2), 24.0.8 and 23.0.12 are out! And: PHP 7.x is dead, long live PHP 8.x!

As always, minor releases include stability and security improvements that are designed to be a safe and quick upgrade.

You can find the full changelog of fixes and improvements for these releases on our website.

We also released a new version of our desktop client, 3.6.4. Besides a number of bug fixes, this version improves support for the ‘edit locally’ feature in Hub 3, which lets you open a file from the browser onto your desktop. The file will be locked while you edit it on your desktop, and after you save and close your editor you can unlock it.


Note: There will be no more releases of Nextcloud Hub 2 (23.0.x). Upgrade to Nextcloud Enterprise to continue to get security and stability updates or move to Nextcloud Hub 2 (24.0.x) or Nextcloud Hub 3 (25.0.x). Don’t forget that running web-facing software without regular updates is risky. Please stay up to date with Nextcloud releases of both the server and its apps, for the safety of your data! Customers can always count on our upgrade support if needed.

Note²: PHP 7.4 is no longer officially supported by the PHP community. Nextcloud has supported PHP 8.0 and newer versions for some time now, and we strongly recommend you move to a newer version of PHP. Version 8.0 is already out of active support (!) and has only 11 months of security updates left. Nextcloud Hub 3 (25.0.x) deprecates PHP 7.4 but still works with it. Still we recommend you use PHP 8.1 and our upcoming Hub 4 release will drop 7.4 support. This release is also on track to support PHP 8.2 which was released today.

Ready to move to Nextcloud Hub 3?

Nextcloud Hub 3 was released last October and we highly recommend that you upgrade to benefit from the latest features. Check out the release announcement here.

Nextcloud Hub 3

End of public support for Nextcloud Hub 2 (23.0.x series)

Nextcloud Hub 2 (23.0.x) is no longer maintained. We will continue to release security and bug fix updates only for Nextcloud Enterprise 23 and older. If you are a home user, move to Hub 2 (24.0.x) or Hub 3 (25.0.x) as soon as possible. If you use Nextcloud in a commercial setting, check out our Nextcloud Enterprise as that is likely more suited for you. As always we strongly recommend you update to ensure you have a secure and reliable content collaboration platform that respects your digital sovereignty!


This is, of course, also true for apps: Keeping them updated has security benefits, besides the new features and other bug fixes.

Stay safe: keep your server up-to-date!

Minor Nextcloud releases are security and functionality bug fixes, not rewrites of major systems that risk user data! We also do extensive testing, both in our code base and by upgrading a series of real-world systems to the test versions. This ensures that upgrades to minor releases are generally painless and reliable. As the updates not only fix feature issues but also security problems, it is a bad idea to not upgrade!


If you are maintaining a mission-critical Nextcloud system for your enterprise, it is highly recommended that you get yourself some insurance (and job security… who gets blamed if the file handling system isn’t working as expected?). A hotline to the core Nextcloud developers is the best guarantee for reliable service for your users, and the job safety of you as a system administrator.