Migration Guide

Nextcloud strives to make migration of customers from other platforms as seamless as possible.


We are glad to have found a partner in Nextcloud with a healthy community and strong development and support capabilities.

Stefan Döhler, project manager at regio iT

The recent development of Nextcloud, licensing model and wide support of the community encouraged us in the decision to migrate.

Andreas Heik, Universitätsrechenzentrum, TU Chemnitz

We require a truly scalable and 100% open source enterprise solution from a reliable partner so we decided to migrate from ownCloud to Nextcloud

Martin Bech, Head of NREN at DeIC

The migration was like a typical ownCloud upgrade

Dr.-Ing. Thomas Hildmann, head of Infrastructure at the TU Berlin

Why migrate:
Nextcloud vs other solutions

Nextcloud customers migrate from a wide range of other solutions. Premium customers receive free migration assistance from solutions like Dracoon or SharePoint. Limitations apply, ask your sales representative!

Learn why you should move over to Nextcloud on our comparison page.

As it is frequently requested, we provide a special ownCloud-to-Nextcloud migration service for free for all our customers.

Moving between Nextcloud servers

Moving between services is a capability Nextcloud itself offers with the Data Export/Import feature. Available since Nextcloud 24, this function allows users to export their data in an archive, giving a choice of what to upload and when.

Why migrate:
ownCloud vs Nextcloud

Nextcloud is much more stable than ownCloud

Nextcloud offers significant scalabilitysecurity and feature improvements over ownCloud (see a full comparison here) and our experienced support team has already helped several dozen customers with sometimes tens of thousands of users migrate successfully. Our customers appreciate expert help from a German, employee-owned company set up to provide a long term relationship between customers and business. Last but not least, Nextcloud has by far the strongest expertise in large scale deployments, as is evident in our work on Global Scale.

Nextcloud is fully licensed under the AGPL, giving you all the benefits of open source and avoiding any risk of mixing a proprietary enterprise edition with open source components.

ownCloud is (…) less feature rich and less developed than Nextcloud

First rate support as well as healthy development happening in public are key to our offering. Employing over a dozen former ownCloud engineers as well as many other experienced software developers, we are in the best position to support you in keeping your data secure and easily accessible to your employees.

We can help you with Nextcloud Enterprise but you can also look for an offer from one of our partners and of course ask other home users on our forums.

Help migrating from ownCloud to Nextcloud is free. For migration from other solutions, support is included with your Premium subscription.

The ownCloud-to-Nextcloud migration tool

The easiest way to migrate is using our migration tool. This tool supports ownCloud 8.2 to ownCloud 10.5, migrating to the appropriate Nextcloud release automatically.

There can be PHP version mismatches. As of this writing we have developed a direct migration from ownCloud 10.11 to Nextcloud 25.0.2, avoiding most conflicts but for newer releases things will become complicated again.

Over time it has become harder and harder to migrate due to changes on both sides and mis-matches of the required PHP versions. If you run into such issues or have an ownCloud version newer than 10.11, you can search and ask for help on our forums. For custom enterprise migrations, contact our sales team.

See our documentation for how to migrate!

Below is an (earlier) example video of the process.

In this video we show ownCloud, switch to the terminal, execute the commands to download the migrator and switch back to the browser to run it.

You can do the last step manually from the command line, which is adviced on large installations where the time-out on PHP via the web interface can be a problem. You can update from ownCloud 10.5 and older to Nextcloud 20.0.4 after which you can use our update to move to a newer Nextcloud release. We continuously monitor new releases, test them and enable upgrading but note that ownCloud is backporting a lot of big features to ’stable‘ releases, which threatens stability and might make upgrading harder in the future.

If you need help, please visit our community support forums or contact our Sales team for a custom quote.

Upgrade path

We have developed an upgrade path from ownCloud 10.11 to Nextcloud 25.0.2. Upgrade first to ownCloud 10.11 and then to Nextcloud 25.0.2.

When upgrading from an older version of ownCloud, make sure to enable apps after every upgrade step so they can run their own upgrade scripts.

If you are on a very old ownCloud release or want more details, read our advanced and detailed upgrade documentation in our blog on how to protect your privacy by upgrading to Nextcloud 11 or higher. Note that upgrading from a Windows Server is not supported beyond moving over the data.


Nearly all ownCloud settings will be migrated to Nextcloud during the upgrade procedure. That means that internal and public (link) shares keep working, users keep their settings and you will retain app configuration, LDAP and external storage settings and more.

Settings from proprietary extensions from ownCloud which have open source replacements in Nextcloud, however, will sometimes need to be reconfigured. The following apps have a Nextcloud equivalent but need re-configuration:

  • File Retention
  • File Firewall
  • File Automated Tagging
  • File Drop
  • SharePoint

The open source replacements of these apps in Nextcloud offer at least the same and typically more capabilities. Configuration settings not mentioned in this list will be carried over from ownCloud to Nextcloud during upgrade.

License Compliance

Nextcloud is licensed exclusively under the AGPL or less restrictive open source licenses, removing any risk of mixing incompatible licenses or other legal issues. If you have not made any changes to the code of ownCloud Server and did not develop custom ownCloud applications, you will not need to do anything to be in compliance with the open source licenses of Nextcloud. Note that theme changes or branding are unaffected by AGPL licensing. Find more information in our FAQ. Our sales team will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Free migration support

Nextcloud will support your migration from ownCloud to Nextcloud Enterprise for free as part of our Nextcloud Enterprise services.

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