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Being I don't have a Synology myself and I kind of hate the Synology GUI for the dockers, I'm doing this with the use of docker-compose through a terminal.

This is faster than the GUI and after installing, it shows up in the Docker GUI.

Thanks to faxity for the initial compose that I used to create the Synology Guide.

And a very big thanks to Bokkoman and BZwart that updated this Guide for DSM 7 and also offered their help on discord as Synology Support Team.


This page will provide you with guidance on how to install several Docker images related to the Servarr apps to your Synology. We highly recommend to read the full guide, that way you have a better understanding of what you do, in case you later decide to make changes.


  1. We will create one share that will hold all your data. This ensures hardlinking and/or instant moves are possible.
  2. Create one user which will be assigned to the docker images as the user they run as out of security reasons.
  3. Create a folder structure on the data and docker share with a few commands (or manually).
  4. Download and edit the docker-compose.yml and .env files to your system settings.
  5. Set permissions to all folders related in the shares.
  6. Run and execute docker commands to start the containers.

Automated Script

Automated script (‼Use this script at your own risk‼) - [Click to show/hide]


Though, we offer a short way out. This is intended as a quick way to do everything that is written on this page within one script. And is only for initial setup. After that, you need to manage it yourself. Rerunning the script can or will reset all personal changes made in the compose/env.

The script is only tested on Synology DSM7 and higher.

‼ We are not held reliable if anything breaks on your system. Use at your own risk ‼

To get this working you will need to enable terminal access (SSH) and home folders.

Be sure to delete current running Docker containers related to this guide (ie. *arr apps, download clients), backup settings before you do.

To enable SSH on your Synology take a look HERE.

To enable Home folders, go to Control Panel > User & Group > Advanced > Enable user home service at the bottom.


When you enabled these two settings, run the following commands in your favorite terminal app and follow the onscreen questions.

curl -sL > ~/syno-script
sudo bash ~/syno-script

Install Docker

You need to install Docker / Container Manager from the Package Center. This should also create a share named docker, check File Station if it is present.

Create the main share

We will create and use a new share named data (lowercase) for all your library media and downloads.

To create a new share:

Control Panel > Shared Folder > click Create > choose Create Shared Folder


Name this shared folder data. You can disable the trash can, up to you. Click next until you are done.

Create a user

We are going to create a new user that only has access to the share(s) that we use for the containers to run as. You rather not have the containers run as an admin/root user.

Go to Control Panel > User & Group

In the User section, create a new user. Name it whatever you like, but for this guide we will use the name docker.


Fill out the rest of the information, generate a password or type your own.

Click next, you will now be able to select which group this user will belong to, it should only be the group users. Click Next.

Assign shared folder permissions

In the next screen you will be able to select which Shares this user will have access to, click No Access on the top, this will deny all access.

Now only select Read/Write on the shares docker and data (the share we created earlier).

!Assign shared folders permissions

Click Next until you reach Assign application permissions

Assign application permissions

In this screen you will be able to select which application this user will have access to. Check Deny for all applications.

!Assign application permissions

Continue to click Next until you are finished.


You are mostly going to use the terminal. Some parts will need the Synology web GUI. To enable terminal access, you need to enable SSH in the Synology Settings.

Control Panel > Terminal & SNMP > Enable SSH service


Then use a program like Putty or Powershell/Terminal to SSH into your Synology.

Enter the login information of a Synology user account that has admin priveliges, as only members of the 'administrators' user group are able to use SSH.

If you get a message asking if you want to trust the key, just press OK or ACCEPT.


In order for the Docker container to access the shares on the Synology, we need to know the user ID (PUID) and group ID (PGID) from the docker user we just created.

Once logged in to the terminal type id docker. If you used a different username, change docker to the one you used.


This will show you the UID (aka PUID). Which in the screenshot above is 1035 for the docker user and the GID (aka PGID) which is 100 for the users group. Save these values for later use.

Create Folder Structure

Let's create a good folder structure on the shares we use (docker and data). This will be done with a few commands.

The structure will look like this. You can of course edit this, but do this when you know what you are doing. We are using lowercases on all folders on purpose, being Linux is case sensitive.

├── torrents
│   ├── books
│   ├── movies
│   ├── music
│   └── tv
├── usenet
│   ├── incomplete
│   └── complete
│       ├── books
│       ├── movies
│       ├── music
│       └── tv
└── media
    ├── books
    ├── movies
    ├── music
    └── tv

Bad path suggestion

The default path setup suggested by some docker developers that encourages people to use mounts like /movies, /tv, /books or /downloads is very suboptimal and it makes them look like two or three file systems, even if they aren’t (Because of how Docker’s volumes work). It is the easiest way to get started. While easy to use, it has a major drawback. Mainly losing the ability to hardlink or instant move, resulting in a slower and more I/O intensive copy + delete is used.

To create the folder structure for your media library and also for your preferred download client, run one or both of the following commands:

If you use usenet

mkdir -p /volume1/data/{usenet/{incomplete,complete}/{tv,movies,music},media/{tv,movies,music}}

If you use torrents

mkdir -p /volume1/data/{torrents/{tv,movies,music},media/{tv,movies,music}}


Your application data will be stored in the docker share in the folder called appdata (/volume1/docker/appdata) Create these folders with command below, or create them in File Station manually.

mkdir -p /volume1/docker/appdata/{radarr,sonarr,bazarr,plex,prowlarr,pullio}

You can add your own subfolders for your download client(s) using the command above, by adding the name to the command.

So your appdata folder will look like this.

└── appdata
    ├── radarr
    ├── sonarr
    ├── bazarr
    ├── plex
    ├── prowlarr
    ├── pullio
    ├── (your download client, i.e. nzbget; sabnzbd; qbittorrent)
    └── (other applications)

Needed files

Now we are ready to move to the installation of containers.

For this, we need two files:

  1. docker-compose.yml
  2. .env

We will start with downloading the docker-compose.yml file

Download this docker-compose.yml to your /volume1/docker/appdata location so you got your important stuff together. Or use the command below:

wget -P /volume1/docker/appdata/

What's included in the compose and what is not included

This docker-compose file will have the following docker containers included.

    - Radarr
    - Sonarr
    - Bazarr (Subtitle searcher and downloader)
    - Plex
    - Prowlarr (indexer/tracker manager)

What's not included (and where are the download clients?).

We didn't add a download client to it, because it depends on what you prefer (usenet/torrent) and which client you prefer. We have a repository Repository on Github where we provide and maintain some templates that are ready to use with the main docker-compose.yml.

The only thing you need to do is copy & paste what's inside the template file into to the main docker-compose.yml on the bottom, the templates also have a command what you need to use to create the appdata folder that we explained earlier. Without the appdata folder for the application, the creation of the container will fail because of the missing folder.

Second we will download the .env file

Download this .env to your /volume1/docker/appdata location next to the docker-compose.yml. Or use this command:

wget -P /volume1/docker/appdata/



Changes and preparations


If you need to edit docker-compose.yml or the .env file we advise to use Notepad++ or Visual Studio Code

The .env file we downloaded holds the variables/information you need to change in order for everything to work. I added explanations in the .env file.

  1. DOCKERCONFDIR (only change this if you know what you're doing and decide to use another path than this guide used)
  2. DOCKERDATADIR (only change this if you know what you're doing and decide to use another path than this guide used)
  3. PUID/PGID (this info you got earlier from HERE)
  4. TZ (Change to your timezone, can be found HERE)
  5. Install and Create a task scheduler for Pullio, so your containers stay up to date.

The .env holds more variables/information for other containers you don't need to remove those variables and will be only used when you install the other containers.

Pullio - Auto update docker-compose the correct way

Pullio allows you to automatically update your containers. And send you a notification through various means. We use a Discord Webhook.

First you need to download Pullio

    sudo curl -fsSL "" -o /usr/local/bin/pullio
    sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/pullio

For Pullio to do it's job, you will need to create a Scheduled Task in your Task Scheduler that runs for example at 4am at night with root privileges.

Control Panel > Task Scheduler > click Create > choose Scheduled task - user defined script

Give the task a name so you know what it does. Choose user root.

In the Schedule tab choose when and how often you want it to check for updates.

At Task Settings tab, add the following line in the Run Command section:

/usr/local/bin/pullio > /volume1/docker/appdata/pullio/pullio.log 2>&1

It can be frustrating to test the script if no docker image updates are available, for that you can run command sudo pullio --debug and the script will behave as if an update is available. If you have set to receive notifications, you should receive them.

More info about Pullio HERE


Now we need to make sure that the newly created files and folders have the correct permissions.

If you have an existing library, it is advised to move these to the new data share prior to running the commands below.


If you're using a different user than docker (the user generated in the beginning), then you need to change the docker:users part in the command below!!!

sudo chown -R docker:users /volume1/data /volume1/docker
sudo chmod -R a=,a+rX,u+w,g+w /volume1/data /volume1/docker


If you move files from a different library into the newly created library afterwards, you need to rerun these commands. !!!

Run the Docker Compose


make sure you delete/remove all your existing dockers from the Docker GUI and also remove your native installs (in Package Center) of these applications !!! If you had previous installed apps, make a backup of their config folders or backup through the webui of the app.

If you have followed all the steps and your compose file is ready, run the following commands:

cd /volume1/docker/appdata
sudo docker-compose up -d

You will notice that all the images will be downloaded, after that the containers will be started. If you get a error then read what error says and try to fix it (missing folders, permissions errors, etc). If you can't figure out the solution to your errors, join the guides-discord here and create a support ticket.

If you need help setting up the applications, look at the Examples how to setup the paths inside your applications.


If you need to do any changes, only edit the docker-compose.yml file. To activate the changes, run the commands from here again.

Any changes you do/did in the GUI will be reverted when you run the docker-compose command.

Just don't use the GUI, only for information purposes !!!

Docker-Compose Commands

docker-compose commands - [Click to show/hide]
  • sudo docker-compose up -d (This Docker-compose command helps builds the image, then creates and starts Docker containers. The containers are from the services specified in the compose file. If the containers are already running and you run docker-compose up, it recreates the container.)
  • sudo docker-compose pull (Pulls an image associated with a service defined in a docker-compose.yml)
  • sudo docker-compose down (The Docker-compose down command also stops Docker containers like the stop command does. But it goes the extra mile. Docker-compose down, doesn’t just stop the containers, it also removes them.)
  • sudo docker system prune -a --volumes --force (Remove all unused containers, networks, images (both dangling and unreferenced), and optionally, volumes.)

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Additional Synology Info

DSM Task for correctly reporting IP in Plex/Nginx/Etc

Due to some iptables configuration in DSM, you can get an incorrect IP reported in Plex or other apps that need an read/report the IP. To fix this, you need to add two rules to your iptables. unfortunately, those rules can sometimes be deleted at reboot or after DSM update.

To fix this, you will need to add a Scheduled Task that executes at boot with root user, which will check if the rules exists, if not, re-add them.

Task bash command - [Click to show/hide]

while [ $currentAttempt -lt $totalAttempts ]; do
    currentAttempt=$(($currentAttempt + 1))

    echo "Attempt $currentAttempt of $totalAttempts..."


    if [[ $result =~ "-A DOCKER -i docker0 -j RETURN" ]]; then
        echo "Docker rules found! Modifying..."

        iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -m addrtype --dst-type LOCAL -j DOCKER
        iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -m addrtype --dst-type LOCAL ! --dst -j DOCKER

        echo "Done!"


    echo "Docker rules not found! Sleeping for $delay seconds..."

    sleep $delay