Nextcloud offers significant scalability, security and feature improvements over ownCloud (see a full comparison here) and our experienced support team has already helped several 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. 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.
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.
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:
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'maintenance' => false,in config/config.php and visit the login page
'maintenance' => false,in config/config.php
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 an older release and need help, please visit our community support forums or contact our Sales team for a custom quote.
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. We generally recommend to move to the latest Nextcloud release that is compatible first before upgrading.
This is the compatiblity overview:
This essentially means you can treat Nextcloud 9.0.x as an upgrade to ownCloud 9.0.x and Nextcloud 10.0.x as an upgrade to ownCloud 9.1.x
These are some examples of an upgrade path. The minor release (.x below) should always be the latest bugfix release. You can find these on the changelog pages, here for Nextcloud.
When upgrading, make sure to enable apps after every upgrade step so they can run their own upgrade scripts. We have fixed this issue in Nextcloud 12: apps will no longer be disabled when upgrading on systems running PHP 7.
If you are on a very old ownCloud release or want more details, read our extensive detail of upgrade steps in our blog on how to protect your privacy by upgrading to Nextcloud 11. 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:
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.
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.
Nextcloud will honor any valid contract with ownCloud which has started before the 2nd of June 2016 for free if a new agreement is signed for a period of at least 12 months.
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