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How to Setup Seafile on Ubuntu 16.04

In this article, you will get some information on the installation and configuration of Seafile on an Alibaba Cloud ECS with Ubuntu 16.04.

Seafile is a free, open source and cross-platform file storage system similar to Dropbox. It is used for sharing and syncing files between users and groups. It can be easily integrated with LDAP and WebDAV. It supports file versioning, snapshots and two-factor authentication. You can deploy it with MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Apache and Nginx web server. Files are stored on Seafile server and can be synchronized with personal computers and mobile devices through apps. You can also access and manage Seafile through a web browser.

Install Required Dependencies

Before starting, you will need to install some dependencies in order to install Seafile. You can install all the dependencies by running the following command:

apt-get install apache2 openjdk-8-jre poppler-utils libreoffice libreoffice-script-provider-python libpython2.7 python-pip xfonts-wqy python-imaging python-mysqldb python-setuptools python-memcache ttf-wqy-microhei ttf-wqy-zenhei -y

Next, you will also need to install boto using pip:

pip install boto

Configure Apache for Seafile

Next, you will need to configure Apache as a reverse proxy server for seafile-server on port 8000 and 8002. You can do this by creating seafile.conf file:

nano /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/seafile.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName www.example.com
    DocumentRoot /var/www/html
    Alias /media  /var/www/html/seafile/seahub/media

    RewriteEngine On

    <Location /media>
        Require all granted

    # seafile fileserver
    ProxyPass /seafhttp
    ProxyPassReverse /seafhttp
    RewriteRule ^/seafhttp - [QSA,L]

    # seahub
    SetEnvIf Authorization "(.*)" HTTP_AUTHORIZATION=$1
    ProxyPass /
    ProxyPassReverse /

Save and close the file, then enable seafile virtual host, rewrite module and proxy module with the following command:

a2ensite seafile
a2enmod rewrite
a2enmod proxy_http

Finally, restart apache service to apply all the changes:

systemctl restart apache2

Seafile server is now installed and listening on port 80. Open your web browser and type the URL http://example.com.

For details, please go to this tutorial.

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