On 30 September 2019 Nextcloud 17 was released with many new great features! Here you’ll find the most important information about the update and you’ll learn how to upgrade to Nextcloud 17 already now – despite beta status.
Nextcloud 17 brings many new features. Among them are especially security measures and teamwork has been improved by various programs and apps. In the official tweet of @Nextclouders some features have already been teased:
#Nextcloud 17 is here, share the news!— Nextcloud 📱☁️💻 (@Nextclouders) September 30, 2019
💣 Remote wipe
📝 Nextcloud Text
🔒 Secure view improvements
🔐 2FA updates
📧 secure mailbox for Outlook
👥 LDAP write support
💽 @IBM Spectrum Scale, Global Scale updates & S3 versioning
❤️ to all contributors! https://t.co/4oT95R59Cp
Among them is e.g. the Remote Wipe function, which allows you to remotely delete data on a stolen smartphone or laptop (to be found under the menu item “User” in the admin view). This function may already be known to many from other services. Furthermore, Nextcloud Text, which has been available since version 16, has been updated. Users can work together on a document without overwriting each other’s changes. And, and, and…!
All innovations with examples can be found in detail on the Nextcloud manufacturer page. But now we want to take care of the actual update and don’t want to go into much detail about individual features.
Update to Nextcloud 17
If you don’t have an older Nextcloud version installed, you can follow this instruction to install Nextcloud under Plesk.
Since the update has only been online recently, it is still in the beta phase. This will probably stay the same for the next days/weeks. This means that you can’t install the update on Nextcloud 17 “the normal way” yet. So you won’t get the update on Nextcloud 17 as you might be used to.
What’s wrong with an update?
Before you start, you should be sure that you want to install the update. There may still be bugs, which is why the version is still in beta status. In addition, many extensions are not yet designed for version 17 and you still have to do without them.
So if you have an installation with a lot of users and valuable data and can’t do without any functions, you should wait a few weeks with the update. But if you only use Nextcloud for private purposes on a small scale and you don’t care about errors, you can already perform the update.
So you decided to do the update? Well, then start by backing up your installation. You can either do this manually (export database and download files via FTP) or you can use Plesk on-board resources (if you use Plesk) and use a variant suggested by your host. During an installation something can always go wrong and it would be annoying if it causes data loss.
Customize update channel and run update
However, we can change this setting via the web interface and then execute the update anyway. Under “Settings -> Overview” you will find the heading “Version” below. Here your update channel is probably set to “stable” and your old Nextcloud version is displayed in the green marked field, without a hint to a new Nextcloud version.
You change it to “Beta”, wait a few seconds and then reload the page. Now you should see the update to Nextcloud 17.
Then you can start the updater (marked red) and the update will start. In the individual steps different components of your server and your installation are checked and a backup is created.
That?s it! You have successfully updated your installation to Nextcloud 17! 🥳
With Nextcloud 17 many great features have been released that you want to use directly. However, you should avoid using a version that might still contain bugs. I personally use the update already, because I use Nextcloud “only” for private purposes and have no problem with bugs.