ownCloud Federated Clouds

Federated Cloud Sharing

Let users share files and folders with users of other ownCloud instances. This makes collaboration with members of other organizations even easier.

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Collaborate across ownClouds with Federated Cloud Sharing

The Federated Cloud Sharing Feature enables users to quickly and easily share files with users of other ownCloud instances.

Users simply enter a Federated Cloud ID – an address in the format instead of a local username to share a file or folder with the other party, who can then edit the file.

Federation is particularly helpful for collaboration across organizations, be they companies, universities or public institutions.

Federation can also be harnessed to connect branches of an organization that reside in different jursidictions and hence are subject to controls of data exports. In this case, branches could run an ownCloud each and federation share folders that are not subject to data export restrictions.

If administrators register the ownCloud instances of partner organizations as trusted servers in their ownCloud and thereby exchange address books, users can even search for the persons they want to share files with like a local username, instead of needing to know their Federated Cloud ID

With ownCloud 10.5, Federated Cloud Sharing has become even more seamless through a new background process that scan federated shares for updates on files an their metadata. It makes teamwork even more straightforwards for those collaborating across different ownClouds.

Screenshot of the Federated Cloud Sharing of a file

Ready to get started?

Learn more about Federated Cloud Sharing:


User Manual


Admin Docs

Instructional Video


Federated Clouds