So I installed Nextcloud Server and the Nextcloud iOS App and the OS X desktop client. I’m syncing my photos and other files and I’m so happy that everything works. I mean, not in the way “Yeah, it works somehow and I like it because it’s open source software and they are the good ones”. No, it’s more like
It works fine awesome, the data is were I need it! I don’t have to think about!
But the best thing is …
There is more to discover and there will be much more in the near future!
I discovered Nextcloud Apps! They are hidden behind the little + in this popup.
I didn’t know, that there is a whole ecosystem behind that little +. Beside the shipped apps there will be a whole new App Store created by Bernhard Posselt and many other contributors. As far as I know the Nextcloud App Store will be fully operational from the Nextcloud version 11 release (will be in 2016) on. The beta version is already online and it looks promising (https://apps.nextcloud.com/).
Before we talk about the future let’s have a look what is already available. The core nextcloud server package comes with official apps, which are developed by Nextcloud directly and with approved apps. Approved apps are developed and supported by the community and approved by Nextcloud as “so good” to ship them with the core package.
Official Apps – Enabled by Default
The following Apps are official and enabled. They are the real core package of your Nextcloud Server. Because they are necessary and simply working I didn’t pay a lot attention when I installed Nextcloud for the first time but it’s worth to have a look what the whole core system is about.
Activity is a kind of Facebook timeline. You can see, ordered by date, all your shares, comments, favourites, uploads and the activities of remote users who are connected to you via the federation system.
Auditing / Logging
Logging is necessary and in this case it’s about PHP. You can choose what to log and you can download the log file to look for the reason of the entries.
Every user can tag files. The tags are stored and offered to all the users. It’s a great feature for your personal cloud or for teams. If you run a bigger installation with plenty of users that didn’t know each other you should disable this app to avoid confusion.
Yeah, it’s possible to comment on files
This app enables users to restore files that were deleted from the system. Restoring a file also restores related file versions (versions app has to be enabled).
Federation allows you to connect with other trusted servers.
The file sharing app implements the whole process of sharing files within Nextcloud server.
First run wizard
This app enables the popup that appears when a user logs in for the first time.
The app send notifications for example when you receive a remote share.
I uploaded most of my books to have enough to read …
Enables external systems to communicate via API with Nextcloud. For example the url http://admin:firstname.lastname@example.org/ocs/v1.php/cloud/users-duserid="joecool"-dpassword="secret" creates the user joecool with the password secret.
Information about current CPU load, memory usage and active users.
Create a new file online and write something! The screenshot is a gif animation including a problem that is solved by Nextcloud itself … have a look!
You are already wondering about the nice orange color on top of the screenshots?
Now I’ll start to play around with the “not enabled” official apps and will come back soon with a new blog post.
tl;dr: The Nextcloud ecosystem is an amazing collection of useful apps and it’s growing and improving every day. Have a look at it!