ownCloud 6 is here

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in ownCloud | 11 Comments
I’m supper happy to announce the release of ownCloud 6 today.
ownCloud 6 is a special release in several way. The community did an incredible job with improving ownCloud in several important areas.
  • Quality. ownCloud is a very fast moving project so it is super important to balance innovative new features with rock solid stability. The ownCloud community introduced several important techniques to improve the quality. As a result we fixed a huge amount of bugs in this release. Also some very old and annoying issues are finally gone. I think this is very important for a lot of users. We will release a series of bugfix releases for in the next few month to iron out the last remaining issues. This is a big step forward.
  • Performance. The performance of ownCloud 6 improved significantly over older versions. The overall file-handling is faster and more optimized. In some areas, like the mounting of SFTP, CIFS or Dropbox servers, the performance improved over 10x. This is great for people who run their ownCloud server on a small device like a Raspberry Pi or on a big cluster to serve hundred thousands of users.
  • Innovation It was always to goal of ownCloud to deliver innovative features to our users and to be the innovation leader in our space. I don’t want to repeat my previous blog posts where I announced the great new features of version 6. Just look at my posts here.  http://stage.karlitschek.de/2013/10/introducing-owncloud-6/ and http://stage.karlitschek.de/2013/10/welcome-owncloud-documents/ 
  • But I have to say that I’m especially proud about what we did with ownCloud Documents. This is a feature that doesn’t exist anywhere else. Other collaborative editing solutions are 1.) proprietary or 2.) don’t run on your own hardware or 3.) don’t work on top of normal files that you can also sync and share or 4.) a combination of all of this. I belief that this features is super important for the future and the huge response we got from users clearly show that I’m not alone here. This is only the first version of this feature of course. We will keep on improving and polishing it in the future.
Please look at http://owncloud.org/six for more information about ownCloud 6.
ownCloud is more important now then every if you follow the latest surveillance and espionage revelations. A free and self hosted alternative to the big proprietary cloud services is essential for the future.
Thanks to the awesome ownCloud community who builds all this. Thanks a lot to everyone who contributed to this great release. And thanks to ownCloud Inc. who sponsors the development of free software.
ownCloud is built by a great community with a completely open development process. Everyone is welcome to join us and help to build software which can protect all of us from surveillance. Please join us at https://owncloud.org if you want to make the world a little bit better.


  1. dani

    This is one of the key projects in free software world today. Thanks a lot for this so great work!

  2. jmaspons

    In ubuntu server 13.10 owncloud 6 requires many new packages. Is it necessary to install all of them?

    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Calculating upgrade… Done
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
    acl at-spi2-core ca-certificates-java colord dbus-x11 dconf-gsettings-backend dconf-service default-jre default-jre-headless desktop-file-utils dictionaries-common fonts-dejavu
    fonts-dejavu-extra fonts-liberation fonts-opensymbol fonts-sil-gentium fonts-sil-gentium-basic gconf-service gconf-service-backend gconf2 gconf2-common ghostscript gsfonts gvfs
    gvfs-common gvfs-daemons gvfs-libs hicolor-icon-theme hunspell-en-us icedtea-7-jre-jamvm imagemagick-common init-system-helpers java-common libasound2 libasound2-data libasyncns0
    libatasmart4 libatk-bridge2.0-0 libatk-wrapper-java libatk-wrapper-java-jni libatk1.0-0 libatk1.0-data libatspi2.0-0 libavahi-client3 libavahi-common-data libavahi-common3
    libavahi-glib1 libbonobo2-0 libbonobo2-common libboost-date-time1.53.0 libboost-system1.53.0 libcairo-gobject2 libcanberra0 libcdr-0.0-0 libclucene-contribs1 libclucene-core1
    libcmis-0.3-3 libcolamd2.7.1 libcolord1 libcolorhug1 libcups2 libcupsfilters1 libcupsimage2 libdconf1 libexif12 libexttextcat-2.0-0 libexttextcat-data libfftw3-double3 libflac8
    libgconf-2-4 libgconf2-4 libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0 libgdk-pixbuf2.0-common libgnome2-0 libgnome2-bin libgnome2-common libgnomevfs2-0 libgnomevfs2-common libgphoto2-6 libgphoto2-l10n
    libgphoto2-port10 libgs9 libgs9-common libgstreamer-plugins-base1.0-0 libgstreamer1.0-0 libgtk-3-0 libgtk-3-bin libgtk-3-common libgtk2.0-0 libgtk2.0-bin libgtk2.0-common
    libgudev-1.0-0 libgusb2 libharfbuzz-icu0 libhsqldb1.8.0-java libhunspell-1.3-0 libhyphen0 libidl-common libidl0 libieee1284-3 libijs-0.35 libjbig2dec0 liblangtag-common liblangtag1
    liblqr-1-0 libmagickcore5 libmagickwand5 libmhash2 libmspub-0.0-0 libmythes-1.2-0 libnspr4 libnss3 libnss3-1d libogg0 liborbit2 liborcus-0.6-0 libpulse0 libpython3.3 libraptor2-0
    librasqal3 librdf0 libreoffice libreoffice-base libreoffice-base-core libreoffice-calc libreoffice-common libreoffice-core libreoffice-draw libreoffice-gnome libreoffice-gtk
    libreoffice-impress libreoffice-java-common libreoffice-math libreoffice-pdfimport libreoffice-report-builder-bin libreoffice-style-galaxy libreoffice-style-human libreoffice-writer
    libsane libsane-common libsecret-1-0 libsecret-common libservlet3.0-java libsndfile1 libudisks2-0 libv4l-0 libv4lconvert0 libvisio-0.0-0 libvorbis0a libvorbisenc2 libvorbisfile3
    libwayland-client0 libwayland-cursor0 libwpd-0.9-9 libwpg-0.2-2 libwps-0.2-2 libxfont1 libxkbcommon0 libxslt1.1 libyajl2 lp-solve openjdk-7-jre openjdk-7-jre-headless
    openjdk-7-jre-lib php5-imagick policykit-1-gnome poppler-data python3-uno sound-theme-freedesktop tzdata-java udisks2 uno-libs3 ure xfonts-encodings xfonts-mathml xfonts-utils
    The following packages will be upgraded:
    1 upgraded, 176 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    Need to get 224 MB of archives.
    After this operation, 594 MB of additional disk space will be used.

  3. Kavalor


    if you do a dist-upgrade you don’t need to wonder about unrelated packages being installed. you are upgrading the complete system and not only owncloud

  4. WhiteIntel

    The Upgrade from 5 to 6 is only possible over dist-upgrade. And I have exactly the same problem with this big amount of new packages…
    On my server was never e. g. x11-common installed…

  5. STiAT

    Frank, don’t write posts after a christmas party (or rlease party).

    Anyway, great achievement. Maybe I should think about upgrading one day too 😀 … didn’t do that in ages. But I never go with .0 releases.

  6. tomNOTfreak

    Similar here on Debian 7 VPS.
    The following packages will be upgraded:
    1 upgraded, 98 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    Need to get 200 MB/208 MB of archives.
    But why should i install openjdk-6-jre-headless openjdk-6-jre-lib ? I am runing a long time openjdk-7-jre-headless for datacrow and madsonic.

  7. Michael Woodward

    Whats happened to the media player ?? No mention that I’ve found.

  8. fname2

    owncloud.org ist über http nicht mehr erreichbar! Bitte eine Weiterleitung von http zu https einrichten…

  9. Faulteh

    Apparently I need to install 603Mb of dependencies to upgrade to owncloud 6? WTF? I think something got screwed up when packaging the Debian packages.
    Why would I need the entire libreoffice suite, clamAV and a Java JRE installed just to run this PHP app?

    Please fix this packaging problem as I really would like to upgrade to version 6!

  10. Unknown

    I think there is a lot of package because now we have this great functionnality : ownCloud Documents !
    Which is using ODF files… think…

    And if you don’t want to, please stay in OC5.


    Thank you very very much to the team for this new version 🙂

  11. Frank Karlitschek

    ownCloud 6 can generate thumbnails of different filetypes. Libreoffice can be used to generate thumbnails for odt files. It’s a soft dependency so you don’t have to install it. I haven’t checked the ubuntu packages but this should be recommendation and not a hard dependency


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