You can connect to your Nextcloud server using any Web browser. Just point it to your Nextcloud server URL (e.g. cloud.example.com) and enter your username and password:
Web browser requirements #
For the best experience with the Nextcloud web interface, we recommend that you use the latest and supported version of a browser from this list:
- Google Chrome/Chromium (Desktop and Android)
- Mozilla Firefox (Desktop and Android)
- Apple Safari (Desktop and iOS)
- Microsoft Edge
Not all versions are supported. Nextcloud is tested and built to work with these versions only.
If you want to use Nextcloud Talk you need to run Mozilla Firefox 52+ or Google Chrome/Chromium 49+ to have the full experience with video calls and screensharing.
Microsoft Internet Explorer is NOT supported.
Navigating the main user interface #
Nextcloud Web interface opens to your Dashboard or Files page:
In Files you can add, remove, and share files, and the server administrator can change access privileges.
The Nextcloud user interface contains the following fields and functions:
- Apps Selection Menu (1): Located in the upper left corner, you’ll find all your apps which are available on your instance of Nextcloud. Clicking on an app icon will redirect you to the app.
- Apps Information field (2): Located in the left sidebar, this provides filters and tasks associated with your selected app. For example, when you are using the Files app you have a special set of filters for quickly finding your files, such as files that have been shared with you, and files that you have shared with others. You’ll see different items for other apps.
- Application View (3): The main central field in the Nextcloud user interface. This field displays the contents or user features of your selected app.
- Navigation Bar (4): Located over the main viewing window (the Application View), this bar provides a type of breadcrumbs navigation that enables you to migrate to higher levels of the folder hierarchy up to the root level (home).
- New button (5): Located in the Navigation Bar, the
Newbutton enables you to create new files, new folders, or upload files.
You can also drag and drop files from your file manager into the Files Application View to upload them to your instance.
- Search field (6): Click on the Magnifier in the upper right corner to search for files and entries of the current app.
- Contacts Menu (7): Gives you an overview about your contacts and users on your server. Dependent on the given details and available apps, you can directly start a video call with them or send emails.
- Grid view button (8): This looks like four little squares, which toggles the grid view for folders and files.
- Settings menu (9): Click on your profile picture, located to the right of the Search field, to open your Settings dropdown menu. Your Settings page provides the following settings and features:
- Links to download desktop and mobile apps
- Server usage and space availability
- Password management
- Name, email, and profile picture settings
- Manage connected browsers and devices
- Group memberships
- Interface language settings
- Manage notifications
- Federated Cloud ID and social media-sharing buttons
- SSL/TLS certificate manager for external storages
- Your Two-factor Settings
- Nextcloud Version information
See Setting your preferences section to learn more about these settings.