Aurora Files documentation

Installing on Debian / Ubuntu Linux


Aurora Files can be automatically installed and configured on Ubuntu Linux, Debian Linux or any compatible Linux distribution.

It was tested on: Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10, Debian 9, Debian 10. It should also work on Linux Mint as well as other compatible flavors of Linux, as long as those provide the following dependencies: Apache 2, PHP 7.2.5 or newer, MySQL 5.7.8 or newer / MariaDB 10.2.7 or newer, with mysqlnd driver.

In case if any components are not detected on the system, they will be automatically deployed from OS repository as dependencies.

Configuring repository access

To have the product installed, add the following line to /etc/apt/sources.list file:

deb /

All the commands mentioned below must be run with superuser privileges. If you’re logged in as regular user, use su command on Debian or sudo su on Ubuntu to get full privileges. In case of Ubuntu, you can add sudo in front of a single command to get superuser privileges temporarily.

Install public PGP key using the following command:

wget -qO - | apt-key add -

To do that, on some systems (e.g. Debian 10) you may need to install gnupg tool first:

apt install gnupg

Update APT cache with:

apt update

Installing the package

To install the product package, run the following command:

apt install aurora-files

Once Aurora Files is installed, it can be accessed at address, or http://localhost/aurora-files/ for local access.

To configure the installation, you can log into /adminpanel/ as superadmin user, default password is empty.

The product itself resides under /usr/share/aurora-files directory.

Virtual host setup for SSL

Default Apache configuration for the package doesn't set a separate hostname, it only points to a subdirectory of the default host. So if you have pointing to the server, you would need to enable SSL for that domain and its hostname, not for Aurora Files itself.

Another option is to create a separate entry under /etc/apache2/sites-available directory, copy /etc/afterlogic/apache.conf file to /etc/apache2/sites-available/files.conf, remove Alias line from it and surround the rest as follows:

<VirtualHost *:80>
        DocumentRoot /usr/share/aurora-files
        ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/files.somedomain.error.log
        LogLevel warn
        CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/files.somedomain.access.log combined

Disable the default afterlogic.conf setup and enable the above configuration:

a2disconf aurora-files
a2ensite files.somedomain.conf
service apache2 restart

Make sure Aurora Files can be accessed at and then proceed with setting up SSL for the installation, e.g. via Certbot:

certbot -d

Upgrading the product installation

The product is upgraded in the standard way using APT repository. If you wish to check whether there are updates for any of the packages you have installed, run the following:

apt update
apt upgrade

If new version is available, it will be installed, preserving the product configuration and any plugins you may have installed.


NB: Starting from 8.3.7, mod_rewrite is enabled automatically for new installs but when upgrading the package you may still need to perform the below configuration manually.

In v8.3.5, CSRF protection was substantially revised and may require web server reconfiguration. We're now shipping .htaccess file to ensure authentication headers are sent through, but if you're getting Error 500, that may mean you have mod_rewrite disabled. To correct that, run the following as super user:

a2enmod rewrite
service apache2 restart

And if you receive "Cookies need to be updated. To continue, please click here or reload this page." message, make sure .htaccess file is actually read by the web server. Read more on this at CSRF protection documentation page.

Uninstalling Aurora Files

To uninstall Aurora Files completely, run:

apt purge aurora-files


If you encounter any issues, feel free to post reports at the Aurora Files Issue tracker.