Ubuntu Systems

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This guide describes the steps required to have Pydio Cells running on Ubuntu.


OS requirements

You need the 64-bit version of one of these Ubuntu version:

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver)
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus)

Dedicated User

It's highly recommended to run Pydio Cells with a dedicated user.
In this guide, we use pydio and its home directory /home/pydio.
In order to create a new user and its home directory execute this command:

sudo useradd -m -s /bin/bash pydio
sudo passwd pydio
# to ease later manipulation, you might also add your current user to the pydio group
sudo usermod -aG pydio <youruser>
sudo chmod -R g+w /home/pydio
# log out and back in for the group modification to be taken into account

Note: the -s /bin/bash option is not strictly required. It ensures you are using bash shell when logged in with this user and have, among others, access to bash history feature.


Pydio Cells can be installed with both MySQL Server (v5.6 or higher) and MariaDB (v10.3 or higher).

MariaDB server

We currently use MariaDB 10.3, here is the official installation guide on the MariaDB website.

Simply enter there your system specifications and follow the detailed instructions.

MySQL server

# On Ubuntu 18.04
sudo apt-get install mysql-server-5.7
# On Ubuntu 16.04
sudo apt-get install mysql-server-5.6


By default, a new database will be created by the system during the installation process. You only need a user with database management permissions.

If you would rather do it manually, you may create a dedicated user and an empty database.

So first go to MySQL mode: mysql -u root -p and enter the password you have defined during the installation process.

Then execute following queries:

CREATE USER 'pydio'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY '<your password goes here>';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON cells.* to 'pydio'@'localhost';

Installation and configuration

Get Pydio Cells binary:

cd /home/pydio
# Home edition
wget https://download.pydio.com/pub/cells/release/1.6.1/linux-amd64/cells
sudo chmod u+x cells
sudo chown pydio.pydio cells

# Enterprise edition
wget https://download.pydio.com/pub/cells-enterprise/release/1.6.1/linux-amd64/cells-enterprise
sudo chmod u+x cells-enterprise
sudo chown pydio.pydio cells-enterprise

If you need to use the standard http (80) or https (443) port, please execute this command:

sudo setcap 'cap_net_bind_service=+ep' cells

Switch to the pydio user to run the installation and start the app:

su - pydio

Execute the command below and follow the instructions.

./cells install

Before you start installing here's two of the most important parameters that you need to understand:

INTERNAL_URL : address where the application http server is bound to. It MUST contain a server name and a port.
EXTERNAL_URL : url the end user will use to connect to the application.

If you want your application to run on the localhost at port 8080 and use the url mycells.mypydio.com, then set INTERNAL_URL to localhost:8080 and EXTERNAL_URL to mycells.mypydio.com
After the install is successfully done, if you ever have to stop Pydio Cells and want to run it again just run:

You can refer to this page to get more details on the installation process. After the install is successfully done, if you ever have to stop Pydio Cells and want to run it again just run:

./cells start



If you have a problem with your database, you might already want to refer to the official documentation and ensure you are correctly set up:

Installing maria DB 10.2 fails

During the MariaDB installation process, when trying to add the repository recommnnded by the MariaDB official documentation, you get such an error: E: The repository 'http://mirror2.hs-esslingen.de/mariadb/repo/10.2/ubuntu bionic Release' does not have a Release file. N: Updating from such a repository can't be done securely, and is therefore disabled by default.

This happens because the tried repository does not exposes the compulsory release file. To solve this issue, go back to the official MariaDB website and try with another mirror.

For the record, despite the error seen above, the repository might have been added. To unregister it, do for instance:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove 'deb [arch=amd64] http://mirror2.hs-esslingen.de/mariadb/repo/10.2/ubuntu bionic main'
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