While it never really did fit into the scope of ownCloud app distribution, the UX feels like from the last century and our security engineers are going nuts with the architecture. We have to say thank you and bye-bye to apps.owncloud.com, and welcome https://marketplace.owncloud.com.
All ideas and feature requests we collected all these years are flowing into the new Marketplace. The Marketplace is specialized in distributing ownCloud apps to the community and will provide add-on features like services and tools which fit into the ownCloud ecosystem.
In addition to the old appstore the Marketplace will soon allow publishers to distribute paid apps to open up the enterprise side of the ownCloud ecosystem. The Marketplace natively integrates with ownCloud X (aka 10.0) via the new developed Market app. It provides the link between the two.
Here is how easy an app installation through the Marketplace is with ownCloud 10:
So the easiest is to upgrade your ownCloud to 10 – but …..
What about ownCloud 9.0 and 9.1?
We invested some time to implement an integration for ownCloud 9.0 and 9.1 (technically 8.2 will work as well but 8.2 has reached end of life). Many apps in the Marketplace provide compatibility with 9.0 and 9.1 – so if you want to get the latest and freshest apps from Marketplace into your 9.0 or 9.1 instance please follow these few simple and easy steps:
- insert the following configuration value into config/config.php – this will connect your instance with the Marketplace
'appstoreurl' => 'https://marketplace.owncloud.com/api/v0',
- open up the apps management page and you will find all the categories as they exist in the Marketplace and within the categories compatible apps are listed.
Clicking the enable buttons just as you are used to do will install the app.
Please check that you disable and uninstall existing apps from the old appstore like e.g.
contacts first, before you install and enable the newer versions from the Marketplace. If not uninstalling those you will get an “app directory already exists” message.
Another Tip: In case you are sitting behind a firewall and cannot reach the Marketplace or if you just feel like doing it: you can also just download the app packages from the Marketplace. Unpack the tar balls into the
/var/www/owncloud/apps folder. They will be listed under disabled apps, where you can enable them with one click.
Where are All the Apps?
You might realize that there are not yet that much apps available on the Marketplace compared to the appstore. It might be good looking at this from an evolution point of view. But it might be frustrating to not find the beloved app anymore.
In case you miss an app feel free to ping the developers and ask them to publish their apps on https://marketplace.owncloud.com. In case of any questions feel free to ping us on – https://central.owncloud.org should be a quite decent place to discuss any questions of public interest.
App Maintainers: Move Your App to the Marketplace Now!
Make sure to test your app before you publish it.