Nextcloud in Education

Easy, scaleable and well integrated

Students and staff at research and educational organizations handle large amounts of data. Papers are written, reviewed and read; data is gathered, shared and analyzed; and models are built.

Working seamlessly on these large amounts of data across multiple platforms, departments and institutions in a easy and efficient way is paramount. Universities need a scalable, reliable and easy to use solution under full control of the IT department. The Nextcloud Education Edition provides exactly that!

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Education Edition

The Nextcloud Education Edition is a bundle of about a dozen Nextcloud apps available for easy installation within the Nextcloud interface. The apps have been developed for the educational market in collaboration with research institutions and software vendors active in the educational sector. See below for a selection of the included apps.


The Moodle integration offers users the ability to access files from Nextcloud, adding, removing or sharing them from within Moodle. More features are in development through a collaboration between Moodle Pty Ltd and Nextcloud GmbH.


The Dashboard app came from a collaboration with regio iT and is used at hundreds of schools in Europe. It provides a quick overview of file changes, calendar events and more.


Nextcloud PicoCMS offers a very small, simple way of managing and presenting content. Developed in collaboration with the Danish DeiC, it lets users built websites collaboratively and define access rights, themes and URL.

Learn more about the Education Edition in the announcement.
Special GEÁNT pricing is available for research and educational organizations.

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How the TU Berlin delivers file sync and share to 22.000 users

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University of Nantes deployed its online collaboration platform based on Nextcloud and ONLYOFFICE

The University of Nantes transformed its sharing platform into a whole digital collaboration environment UNCloud, based on open source solutions Nextcloud and ONLYOFFICE

After the test phase, the service UNCloud (cloud of the University of Nantes) was successfully deployed in 2018 for students, teachers, and employees.

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Simple yet powerful

Usability is crucial for productivity and thus a key focus for Nextcloud. Many of our customers in the educational market chose Nextcloud explicitly for its ease of use.
Privately, students are used to consumer clouds from Google, Apple, Microsoft, Dropbox and others which make sharing, editing and communicating a breeze. A first requirement for any secure solution to replace them is that it does not force complexity on the user. Forbidding usage of Dropbox or other SaaS clouds will not make them disappear unless a credible alternative is provided!

Nextcloud is as easy to use as public non-enterprise clouds, providing users a comfortable, familiar workspace.

Group management

Students and teachers have a variety of classes and work in always-changing teams and groups. Nextcloud supports their workflow with the Circles app, enabling users to create, share, join and leave groups of their own in which they can collaborate and share.


Universities can not dictate what devices are used by the students and need to support a wide range of tablets, phones, laptop and desktop operating systems. Nextcloud has excellent Android and iOS clients as well as Windows, Mac and Linux desktop apps that make data accessible on any device.


Students can tag and comment on files for easy collaboration, roll back files to earlier versions or find deleted files in the trash. Real time collaborative editing and secure audio/video calls and chat complement the array of features aimed at enhancing productivity.

Remote Wipe

Thanks to built-in support in Nextcloud, remote wipe will work on systems not under MDM control, as is typically the case for student devices at universities.

Remote wipe can be used on a per-device basis by users and on a per-user base by the administrator.

regio IT offers ucloud4schools

In February 2017 regio IT migrated 3000 users to Nextcloud, delivering secure online file exchange and collaboration.

Today, regio iT is managing about 50.000 users, of which over 1000 using Collabora Online for online office, at hundreds of schools in Germany.

Case Study: North-West University

The North-West University from South Africa improves user storage mobility,
collaboration and productivity with Nextcloud and Collabora Online.

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Handles millions of users

Universities deal with large amounts of data. In 2014, students at the TU Berlin had 10GB of storage assigned, growing to 30GB quota for students and 100GB for staff in 2017. The TU Berlin’s 22.000 users are storing 70TB of data and changing over 80.000 files out of a total of over 100 million every day.
Nextcloud handles such numbers with ease as evident at universities around the globe.
Scale Globally

Nextcloud Global Scale delivers a true globally scalable solution for deployments with hundreds of millions of users, giving unprecedented control over the locality of data and delivering dramatic cost reduction

Global Scale

Your users are not confined to your Nextcloud server.
Federation allows them to collaborate with users on other Nextcloud, Pydio or ownCloud servers!


Deep integration

Nextcloud integrates in the university infrastructure with support for SAML and Shibboleth, LDAP, Kerberos, Oauth and other often used authentication mechanisms and runs on all enterprise Linux systems offering support options to match their life cycle.

Data storage can be one or multiple NFS, Object Storage, Samba or a variety of other powerful storage mechanisms. This way Nextcloud provides seamless access to data on existing storage mechanisms, respecting access control limitations and transparently handling changes on the underlying storage layer.


Nextcloud can be extended to offer integration in tools commonly used by universities like Moodle, Zenodo and others. It is possible to add mail, calendar and contact handling, audio-video calls, realtime collaborative and much more. The Nextcloud App store features dozens of apps covering a wide variety of use cases.

Nextcloud Apps

Secures your data

While data needs to be at users’ finger tips at any time, the IT department must to be able to ensure policies around protection of intellectual property, legal requirements and privacy are respected.

File Access Control

The File Access Control feature of Nextcloud enables IT to codify legal and policy requirements, blocking students and others from uploading or downloading data following defined rules. Criteria include IP address ranges, group membership, file type, time and more. Data retention can be controlled as well, enabling universities to limit the lifetime of certain files.

File Access Control


Nextcloud offers powerful monitoring capabilities built in, enabling institutions to ensure smooth performance. Systems can be monitored using the web interface or through monitoring and systems intelligence tools like OpenNMS, Splunk, Nagios or others.


Nextcloud understands the necessity to provide core principle baseline security requirements, as such Nextcloud 11 is built on these security principles to ultimately deliver a secure solution to their customers

Nextcloud offers first-in-class, third-party verified security backed by a USD 10000 Security Bug Bounty program protecting against unauthorized access. Data is protected through industry standard TLS when transported and as an extra layer of security, whole-disk encryption or built in, server-side encryption with support for external key management can be employed.

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Key features in Nextcloud

Fully self-hosted, meaning all data is under your control. Nextcloud can leverage your existing storage, security and privacy policies. There is no vendor lock-in or tracking by us of any kind!

Nextcloud offers an easy to use user interface which comes with powerful search functionality, trash and versioning, favorites, tags and more ways to quickly reach the files users need.

Desktop and mobile clients for Windows/MacOS/Linux, Android and iOS complement the web interface, integrating in the file system. Nextcloud can also be reached through WebDAV.

Authentication through LDAP / Active Directory, Kerberos and Shibboleth / SAML 2.0 and more and external storage supporting NFS, Object Storage and other protocols ensure easy integration.

First-class security policies, extensive security hardening features and File Access Control to ensure legal and privacy regulations are enforced at all times. Nextcloud comes with integrated logging, two-factor authentication and NIST compliant password policy control functionalities.

Nextcloud offers fine-grained control from mobile, desktop or the Web over data access and sharing capabilities. Advanced quota management with configurable accounting of external storage and configurable file retention policies.