Accessing your files using the Nextcloud Web interface

You can access your Nextcloud files with the Nextcloud Web interface and create, preview, edit, delete, share, and re-share files. Your Nextcloud administrator has the option to disable these features, so if any of them are missing on your system ask your server administrator.

The Files view screen.

Tagging files

You can assign tags to files. To create tags, open a file to the Details view. Then type your tags. To enter more than one tag press the return key after creating each tag. All tags are system tags, and are shared by all users on your Nextcloud server.

Creating file tags.

Then use the Tags filter on the left sidebar to filter files by tags:

Viewing file tags.


Use the Details view to add and read comments on any file or folder. Comments are visible to everyone who has access to the file:

Creating and viewing comments.

Video player

You can play videos in Nextcloud with the Video Player app by simply clicking on the file. Video streaming by the native Nextcloud video player depends on your Web browser and the video format. If your Nextcloud administrator has enabled video streaming, and it doesn’t work in your Web browser, it may be a browser issue. See for supported multimedia formats in Web browsers.

Watching a movie.

File controls

Nextcloud can display thumbnail previews for image files, MP3 covers, and text files, if this enabled by your server administrator. Hover your cursor over a file or folder to expose the controls for the following operations:


Click the star to the left of the file icon to mark it as a favorite:

Marking Favorite files.

You can also quickly find all of your favorites with the Favorites filter on the left sidebar.

Overflow Menu

The Overflow menu (three dots) displays file details, and allows you to rename, download, or delete files:

Overflow menu.

The Details view shows Activities, Sharing, and Versions information:

Details screen.

The Settings gear icon at the lower left allows you to show or hide hidden files in your Nextcloud Web interface. These are also called dotfiles, because they are prefixed with a dot, e.g. .mailfile. The dot tells your operating system to hide these files in your file browsers, unless you choose to display them. Usually these are configuration files, so having the option to hide them reduces clutter.

Hiding or displaying hidden files.

Previewing files

You can display uncompressed text files, OpenDocument files, videos, and image files in the Nextcloud embedded viewers by clicking on the file name. There may be other file types you can preview if your Nextcloud administrator has enabled them. If Nextcloud cannot display a file, it starts a download process and downloads the file to your computer.

Sharing status icons

Any folder that has been shared is marked with the Shared overlay icon. Public link shares are marked with a chain link. Unshared folders are not marked:

Share status icons.

Creating or uploading files and directories

Upload or create new files or folders directly in a Nextcloud folder by clicking on the New button in the Files app:

The New file/folder/upload menu.

The New button provides the following options:

Up arrow

Upload files from your computer into Nextcloud. You can also upload files by dragging and dropping them from your file manager.

Text file

Creates a new text file and adds the file to your current folder.


Creates a new folder in the current folder.

Selecting files or folders

You can select one or more files or folders by clicking on their checkboxes. To select all files in the current directory, click on the checkbox located at the top of the files listing.

When you select multiple files, you can delete all of them, or download them as a ZIP file by using the Delete or Download buttons that appear at the top.


If the Download button is not visible, the administrator has disabled this feature.

Filtering the files view

The left sidebar on the Files page contains several filters for quickly sorting and managing your files.

All files

The default view; displays all files that you have access to.


Files or folders marked with the yellow star.

Shared with you

Displays all files shared with you by another user or group.

Shared with others

Displays all files that you have shared with other users or groups.

Shared by link

Displays all files that are shared by you via public link.

External Storage (optional)

Files that you have access to on external storage devices and services such as Amazon S3, SMB/CIFS, FTP…

Moving files

You can move files and folders by dragging and dropping them into any directory.