Nextcloud support

Hi guys,
I‘m working a lot with Nextcloud for document management and like to include individual folder sharings inside Discouse wikis / topics to offer direct access. The best way would be a plugin, that dynamically shows the files and sub folders as expandable detail list view.

File Type Size
> Folder

Is this possible? Is this a „job“ for Nextcloud or Discourse developers?

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I think you need a Discourse plugin. Are the linked files and folders publicly readable?

I know that @joebuhlig uses owncloud (EDIT: He’s mentioned one of those xxx-Cloud things to me recently :wink:) , so his team might be a good place to start.

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I guess so.

Usually not. I prefer sharing these folders by link and separate password. Maybe it’s possible to add the password into the link scheme? The user shouldn’t notice that access restriction too much. Therefore the user shouldn’t be asked to enter the pw manually. It’s important for me, to keep some folders semi private and everything smooth as possible.

Clarification: We don’t. We’ve explored moving from GSuite to NextCloud recently, but are far from making that decision.

I’m assuming a plugin is needed here as well. I can’t recall an embeddable script from NextCloud existing anywhere.

That said, you’ll probably need to use the NextCloud Client API to recreate this. But that comes with all kinds of questions.

  • Where do you put this file structure within Discourse?

  • Will it exist multiple times?

  • How much functionality do you need for it in Discourse? Read-only?

  • How much effort are you willing to put in for this to exist? (Or what kind of budget?)

  • Is it really worth it? You could just link to the folder.

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Usually, I’m linking the Nextcloud folder at the categories pinned introduction topic. But I also like to share folder content within any other post to offer instant access for course material / project files and more.

I guess not. Why is this relevant? It might be possible some NC folder sharings could occur multiple times within one Discourse instance.

Read-only would be perfect. I need the information about file/folder names, file types, sizes, the option to expend / collapse sub folders and a direct download link.

In case the shared folder is password protected, the PW and direct link to NC should be noted somewhere beside the listing view.

It’s a complicated and fair question. I’m not very experienced in (web-based) software development and the cash flow is always an issue :non-potable_water: I have no commercial use-case. I’d like to close the gap between course document management and an excellent community experience. Each course has it’s own category Moodle and OpenOLAT have a bad user experience.

I would say, yes.

Having a seamless user experience in discussion and document management is the goal for integrative / barrier-free “groupware”. I would compare it with the back linking (feedback loop) of Discourse’s github commits at the comments section on github.com. Every time the users need to open the link separately on anther tab / window, he/she will be interrupted and gets confused from different platforms and usabilities.

It changes the way you build it. If it only exists in one place at all times (sidebar?) then from a development stance you treat it differently.

Pretty sure this is unnecessary if you have an API key for an admin account under Site Settings.

I would suggest formalizing it under #marketplace.

Just be aware that what you’re asking for isn’t trivial or quick. It’s a pretty advanced build so it’ll take someone a significant amount of time to get it right.

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Thank you very much for you’re kind help and #marketplace advice. Interoperability isn’t and won’t be trivial in near future without standardization and solving compatibility issues of standalone software. If this feature will come true, we’ll / I’ll need to find a way, to use WebDAV as bridge technology. :roll_eyes:

Hello, we also work a lot with Nextcloud and we are wanting to implement Discourse, so I wanted to consult you if you could include for the management of documents and the individual shared folders within the themes / wikis of Discouse to offer direct access. Or if you could relate Nextcloud and Discourse in some way. From already thank you very much!