Nextcloud hardware inquiry


I am looking for a replacement for Dropbox, as they have started charging me for their storage. I came across Nextcloud and am considering it as an option. I had contacted Nextcloud asking about possible hardware solutions and got a recommendation to purchase a Raspberry Pi Kit (see this kit and this kit). I was wondering whether anyone might be able to tell me what components I would need to setup and run my own Nextcloud.



  1. The latest version of RPi, 3 B+, which has faster lan and usb that you can’t miss.
  2. A usb harddisk.
  3. Two decent power supply, that means forget small size usb harddisk which needs to draw power from its host.
  4. A lan cable.
  5. When considering case, decide if you need a cooling fan first. Running it 24x7 in summer is not funny.
  6. Prepare yourself a sdcard reader to burn image. So,
  7. a sdcard too.

Don’t forget the Nextcloud Box!

It always makes me laugh :smile:

Just keep in mind that in this configuration, Nextcloud is far from a backup solution. You’ll want to also consider some way to back up your data to another physical disk if it’s at all important to you.

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I must say I am new, just sharing my experience.
I started using Rock64 (an alternative to RPi) as NAS couple of months before and add Nextcloud onto it very recently. With heat sink attached, with and without a fan can mean a 15 degree difference. Being an all direction paranoid, I add a fan. BTW, what I have on hand is a 12V one and I use GPIO 5V power supply, not full speed, but makes a big different already.

Agree that Nextcloud is far from a backup solution.
I amend php.ini to enable upload huge size file. I tried a 3G file. It freezes the API for quite awhile (sorry I have not timed) and crash the shared-folder (easy fix by occ later).

Don’t know there is a Nextcloud box before
Hope the current stock use RPi3B+. It is the lan & usb speed made me choose Rock64 which is a lot more difficult and time consuming to find useful help on internet.

Don’t expect too much from a raspberry. It’s a great device with however limited resources. Syncing a lot of clients at the same time, you easily reach the limits of these devices. There are more powerful ARM boards, or the next step are some thin computers such as intelNUC.

Since it is in your own hands, you can start with a raspberry (won’t cost you so much) and if you need and want more, you can buy something better. And still you don’t lose much money (or you use RPi to run backups from your NC setup).