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Nextcloud is a cloud-based "file sync and share software". It offers

  • syncing of OS-based directories (Linux, Windows, macOS) with the Nextcloud server ("Desktop Sync client") [1]
  • a browser-based desktop (the "Web interface") with various "apps" (including "groupware").
  • additional functionality via an app store [2]

test instances

apps (basic functionality)

  • Files: the (synchronized) files on the server
    • files can have tags and can be shared
    • viewers for videos and images
  • Photos: organization of images
  • Activities: a log of changes that happened in the apps -- sometimes links are missing to changes, it is not possible to directly jump to them
  • Mail
  • Contacts
  • Calendars
  • Deck: Allows (kanban-style) note-taking, hierarchical organization into deck -> board -> stack -> card
    • Card: has users, description, attachments, timeline, tags
  • project: collection of items (files, chats, etc.)

app store

  • Text: Collaborative document editing using Markdown [3]
  • Talk: Screensharing, online meetings & web conferencing [4]
  • Polls: kinda like Doodle [5]
  • OnlyOffice: browser-based text processing
    • " types of supported formats (ODT, DOC, RTF, EPUB, MHT, HTML, HTM, ODS, XLS, CSV, ODP, PPT, DOTX, XLTX, POTX, OTT, OTS, OTP, and PDF-A) are processed with inner conversion to DOCX, XLSX or PPTX" [6]
  • ... many more ...



  • in its realm it seem to provide a very nice and mature package
  • it seem suitable as an intra-net solution that allows registered users to interact and work on internal data/files
  • compared to lightweight collaboration approaches (Wikis, GoogleDoc, HackMD) it feels rather awkward and high overhead (many navigation clicks, slower response, administrative)
  • there seems to be no "window to the world" for outside viewers/participants
  • it could be useful to consolidate functionality across users (eg, all have the same Calendar), which is perhaps useful for hierarchically run companies
  • conclusion: in the context of OSE I don't see a use case how Nextcloud can be leveraged effectively