How to Install Actual on Your Synology NAS

How to Install Actual on Your Synology NAS

Actual is a super fast, privacy-focused app for managing your finances. You own your data, and Actual Server will sync it across all your devices with optional end-to-end encryption. n this step by step guide I will show you how to install Actual on your Synology NAS using Docker & Portainer.

Note: This guide works perfectly with the latest Actual v22.10.25 release.

  • STEP 1

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  • STEP 2

Install Portainer using my step by step guide. If you already have Portainer installed on your Synology NAS, skip this STEP. Attention: Make sure you have installed the latest Portainer version.

  • STEP 3

Make sure you have a synology.me Wildcard Certificate. Follow my guide to get a Wildcard Certificate. If you already have a synology.me Wildcard certificate, skip this STEP.

  • STEP 4

Go to Control Panel / Login Portal / Advanced Tab / click Reverse Proxy. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Actual Synology NAS Set up 1

  • STEP 5

Now click the “Create” button. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Actual Synology NAS Set up 2

  • STEP 6

After you click the Create button, the window below will open. Follow the instructions in the image below.

On the General area, set the Reverse Proxy Name description: type in Actual Server. After that, add the following instructions:

Source:
Protocol: HTTPS
Hostname: actual.yourname.synology.me
Port: 443

Destination:
Protocol: HTTP
Hostname: Add your own NAS IP.
Port: 8304

Actual Synology NAS Set up 3

  • STEP 7

On the Reverse Proxy Rules click the Custom Header tab. Click Create and then, from the drop-down menu, click WebSocket. After you click on WebSocket, two Header Names and two Values will be automatically added. Click Save. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Synology Proxy WebSocket

  • STEP 8

Go to Control Panel / Network / Connectivity tab/ Check Enable HTTP/2 then click Apply. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Actual Synology NAS Set up 4

  • STEP 9

Go to Control Panel / Security / Advanced tab/ Check Enable HTTP Compression then click Apply. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Actual Synology NAS Set up 5

  • STEP 10

Go to File Station and open the docker folder. Inside the docker folder, create one new folder and name it actual. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful to enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

Actual Synology NAS Set up 6

  • STEP 11

Now create two new folders inside the actual folder that you created at STEP 10 and name them server and user. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

Actual Synology NAS Set up 7

  • STEP 12

Log into Portainer using your username and password. On the left sidebar in Portainer, click on Stacks then + Add stack. Follow the instructions in the image below.

1 Synology Portainer Add Stack

  • STEP 13

In the Name field type in actual. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Note: Copy Paste the code below in the Portainer Stacks Web editor.

version: "3.9"
services:
  actual_server:
    image: jlongster/actual-server:latest
    container_name: Actual-Server
    security_opt:
      - no-new-privileges:true
    user: 1026:100
    ports:
      - 192.168.1.18:8304:5006
    volumes:
      - /volume1/docker/actual/server:/app/server-files
      - /volume1/docker/actual/user:/app/user-files
    restart: always

Note: Before you paste the code above in the Web editor area below, change the value numbers for user with your own UID and GID values. (Follow my step by step guide on how to do this.) 1026 is my personal UID value and 100 is my personal GID value. You have to type in your own values.
Note: Before you paste the code above in the Web editor area below, change the value for ports and add your own Synology Local NAS IP. 192.168.1.18 is my own Synology Local NAS IP. You should type in your own Synology Local NAS IP.

  • STEP 14

Scroll down on the page until you see a button named Deploy the stack. Click on it. Follow the instructions in the image below. The installation process can take up to a few minutes. It will depend on your Internet speed connection.

Actual Synology NAS Set up 9

  • STEP 15

If everything goes right, you will see the following message at the top right of your screen: “Success Stack successfully deployed“.

Actual Synology NAS Set up 10

  • STEP 16

Go back to STEP 1 or you will deal with karma 🙂.

  • STEP 17

Now open your browser and type in your HTTPS/SSL certificate like this https://actual.yourname.synology.me In my case it’s https://actual.mariushosting.synology.me If everything goes right, you will see the actual main page. In the address server field type in your own synology.me DDNS then click OK. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Actual Synology NAS Set up 11

  • STEP 18

Type in your own Password then click OK. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Actual Synology NAS Set up 12

  • STEP 19

Click x to close the welcome message. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Actual Synology NAS Set up 13

  • STEP 20

Click Add account to add your first account. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Actual Synology NAS Set up 14

Enjoy Actual!

Actual Synology NAS Set up 15

Note: Find out how to update the Actual container with the latest image.
Note: Can I run Docker on my Synology NAS? See the supported models.
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Note: How to Change Docker Containers Restart Policy.
Note: How to Use Docker Containers With VPN.
Note: Convert Docker Run Into Docker Compose.
Note: How to Clean Docker.
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Note: Best Practices When Using Docker and DDNS.
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This post was updated on Wednesday / November 9th, 2022 at 6:54 AM