There is a new revision of this tutorial available for Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).

How to Install Seafile on Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet)

Seafile is a private cloud such as Dropbox, and others. Seafile is based on python and it is open source, so that you can create your own private cloud and it will be much more secure.

Seafile supports encryption libraries that make your data will be more secure. To encrypt files in a library, you need to set a password when you create the library. The password won't be stored on Seafile cloud. So even the adminastrator of the servers cannot view your encrypted data without the password.

This tutorial shows the installation of Seafile on Ubuntu 15.04.


  • A Server with 2GB RAM
  • Ubuntu 15.04 64-bit

Installing Seafile

Step 1 - Install the necessary Dependencies

To perform the installation, the seafile need some dependencies:

  • openjdk-7jre
  • LibreOffice
  • Popler-utils
  • mysql-server
  • Python-pip etc.

apt-get install openjdk-7-jre poppler-utils libreoffice libreoffice-script-provider-python libpython2.7 python-pip mysql-server python-setuptools python-imaging python-mysqldb python-memcache ttf-wqy-microhei ttf-wqy-zenhei xfonts-wqy python-pip

Install boto with pip:

pip install boto

Step 2 - Download and Extract the Seafile

Seafile can be downloaded from the official site, please download according to your needs. Here I use Ubuntu 15.04 64-bit.

Download the Seafile archive with wget:

cd /tmp/

Create the directory:

sudo su
mkdir -p /root/mycloud/installed/

Move the files:

mv seafile-server_4.1.2_x8664.tar.gz /root/mycloud/
cd /root/mycloud/

And extract the archive:

tar -xzf seafile-server_4.1.2_x8664.tar.gz
mv seafile-server_4.1.2_x8664.tar.gz installed/

So the directory for the installation of seafile is /root/mycloud/.

Step 3 - Create the Database

Seafile requires 3 databases:

  1. ccnet server
  2. seafile server
  3. seahub

Now please login to your mysql, create one user and grant to the databases.

Login to mysql:

mysql -u root -p

Create 3 databases:

create database ccnet_db character set = 'utf8';
create database seafile_db character set = 'utf8';
create database seahub_db character set = 'utf8';

Create a user "seacloud"

create user [email protected] identified by 'yourpassword';

And grant access for our user "seacloud" user to the databases:

grant all privileges on ccnet_db.* to [email protected] identified by 'yourpassword';
grant all privileges on seafile_db.* to [email protected] identified by 'yourpassword';
grant all privileges on seahub_db.* to [email protected] identified by 'yourpassword';
flush privileges;

Step 4 - Run Setup File

Please go to the installation directory seafile. Once the file seafile-server_4.1.2_x8664.tar.gz been extracted will appear a directory seafile-server-4.1.2.

cd /root/mycloud/
cd seafile-server-4.1.2/

Just press Enter and you will be ask about:

  • Server Name
  • Domain/IP
  • etc

Than you will be ask too about the database. You can choose number 2 ,because you have created a user and database.

And in the end you just need to press Enter to confirm all configuration you have beed set up.

Step 5 - Starting Seafile and Seahub

Now all is done and lets start it by running and

./ start
./ start

and fill your email and password.

Step 6 - Testing from your Browser

Open your browser and try to login with your admin account.


With the wide variety of cloud applications today, Seafile is a private cloud solution that is good for use on this day. With the encryption feature at the library/folder, you can make the data more secure. And also ease to configure it, make it easy to implement in your server.

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From: Jon

Very nice tutorial ! I could deploy my Seafile client on my VPS within a few minutes despite I am a total neewbie on this kind of matter. Thanks a lot !