Migration Guide

Nextcloud strives to make migration of customers from ownCloud as seamless as possible. Due to the large technical overlap, the migration of the application is easy. Business processes are equally easily updated.

"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

Why migrate: ownCloud vs Nextcloud

Nextcloud offers significant scalability, security and feature improvements over ownCloud and our experienced support team has already helped over a dozen customers migrate. Our customers appreciate expert help from a German, employee-owned company set up to provide a long term relationship between customers and business.

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.

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.

Technical migration

Moving from ownCloud to Nextcloud follows the same process as a upgrade within either product. You can essentially follow our usual upgrade documentation.

The steps are as follows:

An even easier way using our new updater is detailed in this blog post.

Find more details in our documentation.

Note that, as ownCloud does not support skipping releases, upgrades have to go through all releases between the existing ownCloud release and the desired Nextcloud release. We will support upgrades from ownCloud 8.2 and onwards. If you are on a older release, contact our support team or ask sales for an offer.

Upgrade path

Depending on your current ownCloud release, you have to follow a different upgrade path. Nextcloud 9.0 is compatible with ownCloud 9.0; Nextcloud 10.0 is compatible with ownCloud 9.1. You can not skip releases like going from ownCloud 8.0 to Nextcloud 10, that would be skipping ownCloud 8.1, 8.2 and 9.0. You can upgrade from an ownCloud release to a compatible Nextcloud release or one newer.

These are some examples. The minor release (.x below) should always be the latest bugfix release.

Settings

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:

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.

Take over of support contract

Nextcloud will honor any any valid contract with ownCloud which has started before the 2nd of June for free if a new agreement is signed for a period of at least 12 months.

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