Owncloud For Mac Server

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You have the option of starting your ownCloud desktop client with theowncloud command. The following options are supported:

owncloud-h or owncloud--help
Displays all command options.

The other options are:

Opens a window displaying log output.
Write log output to the file specified. To write to stdout, specify -as the filename.
Writes each synchronization log output in a new file in the specifieddirectory.
Removes logs older than the value specified (in hours). This command isused with --logdir.
Clears (flushes) the log file after each write action.
Uses the specified configuration directory.

Config File¶

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  • The ownCloud application represents the client side of this system. Effortlessly connect to your ownCloud server and sync data between multiple devices. To be able to use the ownCloud application, you must first have access to an ownCloud server, regardless if it is hosted on your own computers.

The ownCloud Client reads a configuration file. You can locate this configuration files as follows:

On Linux distributions:
On Microsoft Windows systems:
On MAC OS X systems:

The configuration file contains settings using the Microsoft Windows .ini fileformat. You can overwrite changes using the ownCloud configuration dialog.


Use caution when making changes to the ownCloud Client configurationfile. Incorrect settings can produce unintended results.

You can change the following configuration settings:

  • remotePollInterval (default: 30000) – Specifies the poll time for the remote repository in milliseconds.
  • maxLogLines (default: 20000) – Specifies the maximum number of log lines displayed in the log window.

ownCloud Commandline Client¶

The ownCloud Client packages contain a command line client, owncloudcmd, that canbe used to synchronize ownCloud files to client machines.


owncloudcmd performs a single sync run and then exits the synchronizationprocess. In this manner, owncloudcmd processes the differences betweenclient and server directories and propagates the files to bring bothrepositories to the same state. Contrary to the GUI-based client,owncloudcmd does not repeat synchronizations on its own. It also does notmonitor for file system changes.

To invoke owncloudcmd, you must provide the local and the remote repositoryURL using the following command:

where sourcedir is the local directory and owncloudurl isthe server URL.

Other command line switches supported by owncloudcmd include the following:

--user, -u[user]
Specify the user’s login name.
--password, -p[password]
Specify the user’s password.
Use netrc(5) for login.
Do not prompt for questions.
--silent, -s
Inhibits verbose log output.
Trust any SSL certificate, including invalid ones.
--httpproxyhttp://[[email protected]:]<server>:<port>
Uses the specified server as the HTTP proxy.
File containing list of folders to not sync

Credential Handling¶

Owncloud Desktop

By default, owncloudcmd reads the client configuration and uses thecredentials of the GUI synchronization client. If no client is configured, or ifyou choose to use a different user to synchronize, you can specify the userpassword setting with the usual URL pattern. For example:

To synchronize the ownCloud directory Music to the local directorymedia/music, through a proxy listening on port 8080, and on a gatewaymachine using IP address, the command line would be:

owncloudcmd will prompt for the user name and password, unless they havebeen specified on the command line or -n has been passed.

Multiple accounts

Connect to multiple ownCloud accounts with only one Desktop App to synchronize and access all your data

File manager context menu


Within the context menu you can access the key features like creating public and private links

Virtual File System

Transfer files to your hard drive only if and when they are being used with Virtual File System. Until then, they exist locally as placeholders

Automatic update reminders

The ownCloud Desktop App will remind you to install updates so that you are always on the newest version automatically

Access and sync files and folders, work on remote files right from the desktop.

Deploy the ownCloud Desktop App automatically in large Windows environments

Download the current ownCloud Desktop Client for older Mac OS X versions

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Earlier versions

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