Nextcloud 17 on FreeBSD 12


Install and enable MariaDB 10.4 and bind it to localhost:

pkg install -y mariadb104-server
sysrc mysql_enable="YES"
sysrc mysql_args="--bind-address="
service mysql-server start

Secure the new MariaDB installation by running mysql_secure_installation. There is no root password currently, so press Enter. When asked to set a root password, press Enter and type a strong password. Press Enter for the remaining options to finish securing the server.

Creating a database

While we’re still working with MariaDB, let’s create a user and database for Nextcloud. Start by running mysql -u root -p and entering the root password you set above.

At the SQL prompt, run the following commands:

CREATE USER 'nc_admin'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY '<password>';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON nextcloud.* TO 'nc_admin'@'localhost';

Take note of the password you set for nc_admin as you’ll need it later.


Install PHP 7.3, as well as the MySQL/MariaDB extension:

pkg install -y php73 php73-mysqli

Copy the example config file to php.ini:

cp /usr/local/etc/php.ini{-production,}

You may want to edit the config file to suit your needs. In particular, Nextcloud might complain if memory_limit isn’t at least 512M (default is 128M).

To tell Apache how to handle PHP files, create the file /usr/local/etc/apache24/Includes/php.conf and add the following:

<IfModule dir_module>
    DirectoryIndex index.php index.html
    <FilesMatch "\.php$">
        SetHandler proxy:fcgi://

This routes any requests for files with the .php extension through the PHP-FPM daemon. PHP-FPM was installed when we installed PHP, but it still needs to be enabled:

sysrc php_fpm_enable="YES"
service php-fpm start

By default, the daemon runs on TCP port 9000 and only accepts connections from the local machine. The configuration can be modified by editing /usr/local/etc/php-fpm.conf and /usr/local/etc/php-fpm.d/www.conf. General PHP settings are located in /usr/local/etc/php.ini.

Restart the web server with service apache24 restart. To check that PHP is being loaded properly, create the file /usr/local/www/apache24/data/info.php with the following contents:

<?php phpinfo(); ?>

This file can be viewed at If PHP handling is working, it will show a table full of info about the server and loaded PHP modules. The “Server API” field should read “FPM/FastCGI”. Delete the file when you’re done so it doesn’t pose a security risk.

Important: When installing new PHP extensions, you must reload PHP-FPM with service php-fpm restart to enable them. Restarting the web server, as with mod_php, is not enough.

  • PHP config file: /usr/local/etc/php.ini
  • FPM config file: /usr/local/etc/php-fpm.conf
  • FPM pool config files: /usr/local/etc/php-fpm.d/

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