Nextcloud All-in-One Deployment

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We present a quick way to install Nextcloud All-in-One on the TFGrid. This guide is based heavily on the Nextcloud documentation available here. It's mostly a simple adaptation to the TFGrid with some additional information on how to set correctly the firewall and the DNS record for your domain.

Deploy a Full VM

  • Deploy a Full VM with the TF Dashboard or Terraform
    • Minimum specs:
      • IPv4 Address
      • 2 vcores
      • 4096 MB of RAM
      • 50 GB of Storage
  • Take note of the VM IP address
  • SSH into the Full VM

Set a Firewall

We set a firewall to monitor and control incoming and outgoing network traffic. To do so, we will define predetermined security rules. As a firewall, we will be using Uncomplicated Firewall (ufw).

It should already be installed on your system. If it is not, install it with the following command:

apt install ufw

For our security rules, we want to allow SSH, HTTP and HTTPS (443 and 8443).

We thus add the following rules:

  • Allow SSH (port 22)

    • ufw allow ssh
  • Allow HTTP (port 80)

    • ufw allow http
  • Allow https (port 443)

    • ufw allow https
  • Allow port 8443

    • ufw allow 8443
  • Allow port 3478 for Nextcloud Talk

    • ufw allow 3478
  • To enable the firewall, write the following:

    • ufw enable
  • To see the current security rules, write the following:

    • ufw status verbose

You now have enabled the firewall with proper security rules for your Nextcloud deployment.

Set the DNS Record for Your Domain

  • Go to your domain name registrar (e.g. Namecheap)
    • In the section Advanced DNS, add a DNS A Record to your domain and link it to the IP address of the VM you deployed on:
      • Type: A Record
      • Host: @
      • Value: <VM_IP_Address>
      • TTL: Automatic
    • It might take up to 30 minutes to set the DNS properly.
    • To check if the A record has been registered, you can use a common DNS checker:

Install Nextcloud All-in-One

For the rest of the guide, we follow the steps availabe on the Nextcloud website's tutorial How to Install the Nextcloud All-in-One on Linux.

  • Install Docker
    • curl -fsSL | sudo sh
  • Install Nextcloud AIO
    • sudo 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 \
  • Reach the AIO interface on your browser:
    • https://<domain_name>:8443
    • Example:
  • Take note of the Nextcloud password
  • Log in with the given password
  • Add your domain name and click Submit
  • Click Start containers
  • Click Open your Nextcloud

You can now easily access Nextcloud AIO with your domain URL!

Set BorgBackup

On the AIO interface, you can easily set BorgBackup. Since we are using Linux, we use the mounting directory /mnt/backup. Make sure to take note of the backup password.


Most of the information in this guide can be found on the Nextcloud official website. We presented this guide to show another way to deploy Nextcloud on the TFGrid.

Last change: 2024-03-10