An easy way to get your own private office suite with Collabora Online for Nextcloud or ownCloud

Univention Corporate Server (UCS) offers the easiest way to start using Collabora Online together with Nextcloud or ownCloud in few minutes.

With Collabora Online app appliance with Nextcloud or ownCloud, you install Collabora Online with an already integrated and preconfigured Nextcloud or ownCloud. Once you completed a simple graphical setup with a web-based administration interface, you can use the online office and cloud file sharing solution directly.

Here you have a quick installation guide to show you how easy is to start working with Collabora Online via UCS.

We offer two different on-premise versions of Collabora Online in UCS – both versions offers the easy integration with Nextcloud or ownCloud. You can find both in the Univention App Catalog:

First we offer the Collabora Online Development Edition (CODE) free but of course with no support

Then, we offer our professional version for production environments – Collabora Online supported version. This is our scalable, commercially supported version with Long Term Support, signed security updates and a SLA.

Installation guide – Collabora Online

1. Download all the necessary components

First, choose between Nextcloud or ownCloud as your main cloud file sharing solution for your deployment.


Then, you are ready to download it. You need to choose which virtual machine you want to use for the appliance. You can use VMWare or VirtualBox.

And, finally, you can download Collabora Online and Nextcloud or ownCloud VM for the virtual machine that you have chosen.

2. Import the appliance

You simply need to open your VM appliance and import your Collabora Online aplication.

Univention provides you a useful Guide for Virtual Appliance Import in case you need more information.

3. Install Collabora Online

As soon as you have successfully imported the image, you can start your Virtual Machine and proceed with all the necessary steps from the installation wizard. It is a very simple graphical setup with a web-based administration interface.

First, you need to set up the localization and your language.

Next, you need to set up your domain and network. You can select your IP manually or choose the automatic option. Then, simply fill in the address of the DNS server where you will host the server.

Now, in this step you can choose between:

  • manage users and permissions directly on this system – to create a new domain.
  • join into an existing UCS domain
  • join into an existing Microsoft Active Directory domain

If you are creating a new environment, we recommend to use the first option: “manage users and permissions directly on this system.

Now is time for your account or company information. Simply fill in your Organization name, Email address from the admin and create a password for the administration of the application.

In this step you need to write the complete domain name for the system and also the LDAP base you are going to use.

Now, you have all your settings in this window. You can review them and confirm that everything is Ok to be able to proceed by clicking in the “Configure System” button.

If everything is Ok, then you have your Collabora Online appliance up and running, ready to be used. You will get a confirmation window like this:

You have more information about this integration in the Univention blog via the following blog post. And, of course, do not hesitate to contact us at – we are at your entire disposal.