How to host a document library on nextcloud?

I currently have a documentation site on Sharepoint which hosts thousands of documents and pdfs. I would like to retire Sharepoint.

We already run Nextcloud for many years and it works perfectly for syncing and sharing files. But for this project, I want these files to be accessible from the web, but NOT sync to all my user’s desktops.

What would be “best practice” to do this?

The question is perhaps first of all whether it is sufficient for the documents to be displayed in a web-based Nextcloud. In this case, you can simply share a folder including sub-folders and sub/sub-folders with read permission. There are corresponding apps for a nicer URL for sharing.

Here an example:

I would solve that with Group folders:

App-Id groupfolders
App-Name Group folders
Summary Admin configured folders shared with everyone in a group
Categories files
App-Version 15.3.1
Repository GitHub - nextcloud/groupfolders: 📁👩‍👩‍👧‍👦 Admin-configured folders shared by everyone in a group.
Issue-Tracker Issues · nextcloud/groupfolders · GitHub
NC min/max 27.1 / 27.1
Not-shipped (not included) App available in appstore

and If you would like to create beautifull links, with Configurable Share Links thats no problem :

App-Id cfg_share_links
App-Name Configurable Share Links
Summary App adding the ability to specify share tokens
Categories tools files
App-Version 4.2.0
Issue-Tracker Issues · jimmyl0l3c/cfg_share_links · GitHub
PHP min/max 8.0 / 8.2
NC min/max 25 / 27
Not-shipped (not included) App available in appstore

Much luck!

Yes, the app Group folders is a good idea, especially if several people are to enter data. And Configurable Share Links is a nice app for better sharing links.

Thanks for all your ideas, i’m trying this tonight.

You could also host a service such as:

Mayan EDMS

For easy reading, bookmarking, and searching of your folders of PDF documents. They work as digital libraries.