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Nextcloud version (eg, 20.0.5): 25.0.3
Operating system and version (eg, Ubuntu 20.04): Raspberry pi
Apache or nginx version (eg, Apache 2.4.25): 2.4.54
PHP version (eg, 7.4): 7.4

The issue you are facing:
When going to the …/nextcloud site, get and error:


  • Can’t write into config directory!This can usually be fixed by giving the webserver write access to the config directory.

Is this the first time you’ve seen this error? (Y/N): Y

Steps to replicate it:

  1. …/nextcloud

The output of your Nextcloud log in Admin > Logging:

Did find 
{"reqId":"c1ZUJ4lb9CV7D2gPePF8","level":3,"time":"2023-01-21T04:59:52+00:00","remoteAddr":"","user":"--","app":"PHP","method":"GET","url":"/nextcloud/index.php/csrftoken","message":"touch(): Unable to create file /var/www/nextcloud/config/config.php because Permission denied at /var/www/nextcloud/lib/private/Config.php#275","userAgent":"Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/ Safari/537.36","version":"","exception":{"Exception":"Error","Message":"touch(): Unable to create file /var/www/nextcloud/config/config.php because Permission denied at /var/www/nextcloud/lib/private/Config.php#275","Code":0,"Trace":[{"function":"onError","class":"OC\\Log\\ErrorHandler","type":"::"},{"file":"/var/www/nextcloud/lib/private/Config.php","line":275,"function":"touch"},{"file":"/var/www/nextcloud/lib/private/Config.php","line":143,"function":"writeData","class":"OC\\Config","type":"->"},{"file":"/var/www/nextcloud/lib/private/SystemConfig.php","line":146,"function":"setValue","class":"OC\\Config","type":"->"},{"file":"/var/www/nextcloud/lib/private/legacy/OC_Util.php","line":900,"function":"setValue","class":"OC\\SystemConfig","type":"->"},{"file":"/var/www/nextcloud/lib/base.php","line":430,"function":"getInstanceId","class":"OC_Util","type":"::"},{"file":"/var/www/nextcloud/lib/base.php","line":676,"function":"initSession","class":"OC","type":"::"},{"file":"/var/www/nextcloud/lib/base.php","line":1144,"function":"init","class":"OC","type":"::"},{"file":"/var/www/nextcloud/index.php","line":34,"args":["/var/www/nextcloud/lib/base.php"],"function":"require_once"}],"File":"/var/www/nextcloud/lib/private/Log/ErrorHandler.php","Line":92,"CustomMessage":"--"}}

The output of your config.php file in /path/to/nextcloud (make sure you remove any identifiable information!):

There is no file named config.php in /var/www/nextcloud. There is a directory config

The output of your Apache/nginx/system log in /var/log/____:



Output errors in nextcloud.log in /var/www/ or as admin user in top right menu, filtering for errors. Use a pastebin service if necessary.


The write permissions should be solved with

chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/nextcloud/

And possibly together with

find nextcloud/ -type d -exec chmod 750 {} \;
find nextcloud/ -type f -exec chmod 640 {} \;

The information can be found in the documentation here

And here

You’re also using a deprecated php version (7.4) for Nextcloud 25