Personal Cloud Storage on Raspberry Pi

I’m a big fan of Dropbox and using its services from past few years. I’ve referred few of my friends there by increasing my personal cloud storage capacity to about 12 GB! Off late file syncing stopped because of lack of space in my Dropbox account. I wanted to sync photos and other important files from my phone to Dropbox and sync it on my personal laptop.

To avoid buying cloud storage, started googling for setting up personal cloud storage and sync tools. After reading multiple blogs and comparisons, I’ve decided to go with Seafile. Though Owncloud was very close competitor, I did prefer Seafile for client side encryption feature. We do not have apt package for Seafile yet, but installation was simple, thanks to the readily available script which takes care of install and configuration of Seafile. It took roughly 10 mins to setup on my Raspberry Pi.

Prerequisites:
a. Working Raspberry Pi running Raspbian OS
b. Install MySQL  > Follow steps from here https://pimylifeup.com/raspberry-pi-mysql-phpmyadmin/
c. Public IP or Dynamic DNS account to access Cloud from external network / internet

Installation Steps:
1. Download latest version of Seafile for Raspberry Pi from https://github.com/haiwen/seafile-rpi/releases

#wget https://github.com/haiwen/seafile-rpi/releases/seafile-server_xxx.tar.gz [Replace xxx with actual filename]
2. I’m using an external hard drive of size 500GB mounted as /usbstore. Change directory  #cd /usbstore
3. Copy downloaded seafile tarball

#cp seafile-server_xxx.tar.gz /usbstore [Replace xxx with actual filename]
4. Extract file

#tar -xvzf seafile-server_xxx.tar.gz
5. Change directory

#cd seafile-server*
6. Enable execution of script if not already

#chmod +x setup-seafile-mysql.sh
7. Run the script

#./setup-seafile-mysql.sh
8. Installation will start. Script will start collecting information required. Give a good name to your server 🙂 like “limitlesscloud”
9. When it prompts for IP address, Enter the IP address of Raspberry Pi
10. Ports 8000 and 8082 are used by Seafile. Accept the default ports unless you want to change
11. Creating admin account: Provide your email address for account name
12. Enter the password for the account
13. Database configuration: Choose option ‘1’ at the prompt to create new database for Seafile configuration
14. Since MySQL is running locally leave the default option “localhost” as is
15. By default username for the database will be ‘root’. Let’s change it as ‘seafile’
16. Enter password for ‘seafile’ database user account
17. Accept the default database names and continue
18. At the end; it prompts “Enter” to continue and showing the configuration details. Hit enter!
19. Congratulations!!! Seafile installation is completed. Unlike other software, Seafile wont start by itself
20. Start the Cloud Storage services

#cd /usbstore/seafile-server-latest && ./seafile.sh && ./seahub.sh
21. Install Seafile from playstore on Android and use the respecitve methods on other platforms (Sorry Windows ‘Smartphone’ users 😛 ). We do have clients for Linux, Mac and Windows…
22. Enter Public IP details http://10.11.12.13:8000 Provide Username user@somesite.com and Password
23. Create Library / Libraries and enable encryption with password protection
24. Now I’ve about 500GB of personal ‘secure’ cloud storage capacity with encryption enabled. Seafile is flexible to further configure it to suit my requirements.

Enjoy your personal cloud storage. I love my Raspberry Pi ~ Small but orotund!!!

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