I cannot upload directory to ownCloud 8.25 in WebGui. There was/is a bug about it 2013 but it seems to be back now once again.

Can you upload directory to ownCloud in Ubuntu 16.04?

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The user cannot upload a folder through the web browser based Upload option.

This is not a bug. This is how file upload function works under browsers (they accept files only).


Use the desktop client and share the particular folder you want to upload. All subfolders and files will be synced subsequently, thus reducing burden of making folders.

Installing owncloud-client in ubuntu 16.04

Here is the Official page > Official page for Owncloud Client installation

  1. Adding the repository.

sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/isv:/ownCloud:/desktop/Ubuntu_16.04/ /' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud-client.list"

  1. Update package.

sudo apt-get update

  1. Install the owncloud client.

sudo apt-get install owncloud-client

After installation you have to login to the server, and sync with the server. By default this will make a sync folder as,


Now, the user can simply place their folder which they want to sync inside this owncloud folder, and it will be synced to the server.

  • After sync to server the user can stop to sync the with local client if they wish. First make a copy of folder elsewhere. Then, just goto to Owncloud icon on the top bar,

Right click > Settings > uncheck folder you do not want to be synced. (Unchecked folders will be removed from the Local file system !)

  • @Masi : Are you using Ubuntu on your client computer ?
    – ankit7540
    Jun 7, 2016 at 16:37
  • I found that in ownclound-client: you cannot use HTTP in Ubuntu 14.04, but you can use HTTP in 16.04. Why? Jun 7, 2016 at 17:06
  • Both 14.04 and 16.04 can use HTTP and HTTPS. No problems.
    – ankit7540
    Jun 7, 2016 at 17:12
  • Yes, the client is just outdated in server sources of 14.04. It is not so smooth as in 16.04. Jun 7, 2016 at 17:13

You can upload folder without desktop client using webdav protocol. If your owncloud server is on example.org/owncloud then from your file manager go to:

For nautilus or GNOME: dav://example.org/owncloud/remote.php/webdav or davs://example.org/owncloud/remote.php/webdav for secure connection.

For KDE and Dolphine: webdav://example.org/owncloud/remote.php/webdav

And then you can use Owncloud like a local folder e.g. drag and drop your folder there.

Source: https://doc.owncloud.org/server/7.0/user_manual/files/files.html

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