How to connect ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors to ownCloud or Nextcloud

24 December 2018 By Ksenija 11 1,164

We continue to broaden the integration with our officially introduced partners, ownCloud and Nextcloud. Following the technical cooperation plans, we’ve released the new version of ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors that you’re able to connect to both cloud storage platforms. Just follow the easy instructions of our today’s blog post and learn how to do it.



By connecting ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors to your ownCloud or Nextcloud, you are able to:

  • use features available in your desktop suite instance and not present in the online editor, including local plugins, fonts, and spellchecker;
  • directly access print service;
  • get advanced work with buffer to avoid browser clipboard limitations.

To download the current version of the desktop editors, please visit this page.

*Please note that Desktop Editors’ connection to ownCloud, or Nextcloud requires ONLYOFFICE Document Server to be installed. 


Step 1. Once desktop suite is launched, click Connect to cloud on the left side panel, and then click the ownCloud, or Nextcloud icon.

onlyoffice desktop editors connect to cloud

Or click any of three icons/buttons, and select the needed option from the drop-down menu:

onlyoffice desktop editors select cloud office


Step 2. Specify the URL of your cloud office, and click the Connect now button:

onlyoffice desktop editors enter cloud office url

Note: The data in the screenshots is exemplary


Step 3. Sign in to your account entering a username/email and a password:

onlyoffice desktop editors connect to owncloud


Done! Now you can edit and collaborate on your ownCloud or Nextcloud documents right from ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors:

owncloud within onlyoffice desktop editors

edit owncloud files with onlyoffice desktop suite


Download the new version of ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors for free, and try the newly released integration feature yourself:



Would like to learn what to expect next from ONLYOFFICE cooperation with our new technological partners? See the full plans for ownCloud and Nextcloud. In case you have any technical difficulties, please contact us at

Comments (11)
  1. Pascal C. - Reply
    January 8, 2019 at 12:50 pm


    we’ve been looking for this feature for a long time. So first of all: Thank you!

    My question is: Are there any costs for this feature? I mean, do I need the Enterprise version of OC? Do I need an OnlyOffice subsription (e.g. for 50 people ~ $1.000 per year)?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Ksenija - Reply
      January 9, 2019 at 1:23 pm

      Hi Pascal, thank you! We’re glad to hear that.

      Actually, there are no additional costs for this feature. You don’t necessarily need the Enterprise version of ownCloud, the same regarding ONLYOFFICE.
      You will need ONLYOFFICE Document Server to be installed and connected to your ownCloud. Find detailed instructions here:

  2. Pascal C. - Reply
    January 9, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    So installing the Document Server Plugin and connecting the Desktop app to the owncloud server won’t work? Why is the Web App necessary for editing the documents within the desktop app?

    • Ksenija - Reply
      January 10, 2019 at 1:44 pm

      Hi Pascal,
      the web app (so, ONLYOFFICE Document Server connected to your ownCloud via integration app, or in other words, ownCloud-ONLYOFFICE combination) is required when connecting Desktop Editors to ownCloud because it ensures the process of co-editing. Without it, collaborative work on documents in real-time will not be available for users.

      • Pascal C. - Reply
        January 10, 2019 at 1:50 pm

        Ok, then the collaborative work on documents in real-time is also possible within the desktop-app, correct?

        • Ksenija - Reply
          January 10, 2019 at 1:55 pm

          Exactly, it’s possible! In this case, after connecting it to ownCloud.

  3. Avinash Kumar - Reply
    April 3, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    I need help, please

    I can log in to my nextcloud account via Onlyoffice editor but once I close editor I need to enter the URL again. please let me know how it can hold login always after log in one time. thanks in advance.

    • Nadya - Reply
      April 12, 2021 at 12:10 pm

      Hi, we need to know the versions (ONLYOFFICE desktop app, Nextcloud, and the connector)

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