Converting From SQLite to MySQL, MariaDB, or PostgreSQL

You can convert a SQLite database to a more performing MySQL, MariaDB or PostgreSQL database with the ownCloud command line tool occ, which first appeared in ownCloud version 7.0.0. You must have ownCloud 7 to perform this conversion. SQLite is sufficient for testing and for very small installations, but for production servers with multiple users it is better to use MySQL, MariaDB or PostgreSQL.

Please see Using the occ Command for more information on using the occ command.

Running the Conversion

First set up the new database, in these examples called “new_db_name”. In your ownCloud root folder call:

php occ db:convert-type [options] type username hostname database

The available values for the type parameter are:

  • mysql (for MySQL or MariaDB)
  • pgsql (for PostgreSQL)

Conversion Options

  • --port="3306" Your database port (optional, specify the port if it is a non-standard port).
  • username A database admin user.
  • --password="mysql_user_password" The database admin password, if there is one.
  • --clear-schema Clear the schema in the new DB (optional).
  • --all-apps By default, tables for enabled apps are converted. Use this option to convert tables of deactivated apps.


The converter searches for apps in your configured app folders and uses the schema definitions in the apps to create the new table. So the tables of removed apps will not be converted even with the option --all-apps

This example converts the SQLite DB and tables for all installed apps to MySQL/MariaDB:

php occ db:convert-type --all-apps mysql oc_mysql_user new_db_name

To complete the conversion, type yes when prompted Continue with the conversion? On success the converter will automatically configure the new database in your ownCloud configuration in config.php.

Unconvertible Tables

After conversion some obsolete database tables may be left over. The converter will tell you what these are:

The following tables will not be converted:

You can ignore these tables. Here is a list of known old tables:

  • oc_calendar_calendars
  • oc_calendar_objects
  • oc_calendar_share_calendar
  • oc_calendar_share_event
  • oc_fscache
  • oc_log
  • oc_media_albums
  • oc_media_artists
  • oc_media_sessions
  • oc_media_songs
  • oc_media_users
  • oc_permissions
  • oc_queuedtasks
  • oc_sharing