Roll Your Own Google Docs with OnlyOffice On NextCloud 🌱


Installing OnlyOffice Document Server

  1. Log into the Linux device
  2. Run the following commands in a terminal:
    # check for an install software updates
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt upgrade
    # install postgreSQL
    sudo apt install postgresql
    # create the OnlyOffice database, user and grant permissions
    sudo -i -u postgres psql -c "CREATE DATABASE onlyoffice;"
    sudo -i -u postgres psql -c "CREATE USER onlyoffice WITH password '0nly0ff1c3';"
    sudo -i -u postgres psql -c "GRANT ALL privileges ON DATABASE onlyoffice TO onlyoffice;"
    # install redis and rabbitmq
    sudo apt install redis-server rabbitmq-server
    # if running on the same server as nextcloud, stop apache
    sudo systemctl stop apache2
    # install nginx extras
    sudo apt-get install nginx-extras
    # set the onlyoffice port, using port 1440 here
    echo onlyoffice-documentserver onlyoffice/ds-port select 1440 | sudo debconf-set-selections
    # add the onlyoffice document server apt repository
    sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys CB2DE8E5
    sudo echo "deb squeeze main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/onlyoffice.list
    sudo apt update
    # install onlyoffice document server
    sudo apt-get install onlyoffice-documentserver
  3. Paste the onlyoffice database password from above when prompted
  4. Continue the setup by running the following command in terminal
    # modify the default nginx port
    sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/default
  5. Change the port from :80 to :801
  6. Press CTRL+O, Enter, CTRL+X to write the changes to default and close it
  7. Continue the configuration by running the following commands in terminal:
    # edit NextCloud configuration file
    sudo nano /var/www/nextcloud/config/config.php
  8. Find the trusted_domains array and add the DNS entry for the OnlyOffice host
  9. Add the following line inside the array

    'allow_local_remote_servers' => true

  10. Press CTRL+O, Enter, CTRL+X
  11. Continue with the following in terminal
    # restart nginx
    sudo systemctl restart nginx
    # start apache2
    sudo systemctl start apache2
  12. Open a web browser and navigate to http://DNSorIP:1440 to verify OnlyOffice Document Server is up and running

Enabling OnlyOffice Document Editing in NextCloud

  1. Log into NextCloud
  2. Click the user avatar > Apps
  3. Select Office & text from the left navigation
  4. Scroll down to find the OnlyOffice app > Click Download and enable
  5. After the download completes, click the user avatar > Settings
  6. Click ONLYOFFICE in the left navigation
  7. Enter the document server URL in the Document Editing Service address field > Click Save
  8. Click on Files in the top navigation
  9. Click the + icon > Select New Document
  10. Give the document a name and press Enter
  11. The new document should load in a word processor inside the web browser and be ready for editing