How to Install Alf.io on Your Synology NAS

How to Install Alf.io on Your Synology NAS

Alf.io is a free and open source ticket reservation system, event attendance management system, developed for event organizers who care about privacy, security and fair pricing policy for their customers. Alf.io is an alternative to Calcom. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Alf.io on your Synology NAS using Docker and Portainer.

💡Note: This guide works perfectly with the latest Alf.io v2.0-M4-2402 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.

Alf.io Synology NAS Set up 1

  • STEP 5

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

Alf.io 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 Alf-io. After that, add the following instructions:

Source:
Protocol: HTTPS
Hostname: alf-io.yourname.synology.me
Port: 443

Check Enable HSTS

Destination:
Protocol: HTTP
Hostname: localhost
Port: 7189

Alf.io 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.

Alf.io 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.

Alf.io 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 alf-io. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful to enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

Alf.io Synology NAS Set up 6

  • STEP 11

Follow my step by step guide on how to activate SMTP for your Gmail account. This step is mandatory. Note: If you don’t want to use the easiest way for SMTP with Google and you already have SMTP details from your own Mail Server, you can just skip this STEP and use your personalized email SMTP details instead. You will need these details at STEP 20.

  • 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 alfio. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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

version: "3.9"
services:
  db:
    image: postgres:16
    container_name: Alf-io-DB
    hostname: alf-io-db
    mem_limit: 1g
    cpu_shares: 768
    security_opt:
      - no-new-privileges:true
    healthcheck:
      test: ["CMD", "pg_isready", "-q", "-d", "alf-io", "-U", "alf-iouser"]
      timeout: 45s
      interval: 10s
      retries: 10
    volumes:
      - /volume1/docker/alf-io:/var/lib/postgresql/data:rw
    environment:
      POSTGRES_DB: alf-io
      POSTGRES_USER: alf-iouser
      POSTGRES_PASSWORD: alf-iopass
    restart: on-failure:5

  alf-io:
    image: alfio/alf.io:latest
    container_name: Alf-io
    hostname: alf-io
    mem_limit: 4g
    cpu_shares: 768
    security_opt:
      - no-new-privileges:true
    ports:
      - 7189:8080
    environment:
      POSTGRES_PORT_5432_TCP_PORT: 5432
      POSTGRES_PORT_5432_TCP_ADDR: alf-io-db
      POSTGRES_ENV_POSTGRES_DB: alf-io
      POSTGRES_ENV_POSTGRES_USERNAME: alf-iouser
      POSTGRES_ENV_POSTGRES_PASSWORD: alf-iopass
      SPRING_PROFILES_ACTIVE: jdbc-session
    restart: on-failure:5
    depends_on:
      db:
        condition: service_healthy

Alf.io Synology NAS Set up 7

  • STEP 14

Scroll down on the page until you see a button called 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.

Alf.io Synology NAS Set up 8

  • STEP 15

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

Alf.io Synology NAS Set up 9

  • STEP 16

On the left sidebar in Portainer, click Containers. Identify your Alf-io instance, then click on the little log icon. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Alf.io Synology NAS Set up 10

  • STEP 17

Copy your auto-generated admin password credentials. Follow the instructions in the image below. You will need this password later at STEP 19.

Alf.io Synology NAS Set up 11

  • STEP 18

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

  • STEP 19

Now open your browser and type in your HTTPS/SSL certificate like this https://alf-io.yourname.synology.me/authentication that you have previously created at STEP 6. In my case it’s https://alf-io.mariushosting.synology.me/authentication If everything goes right, you will see the Alf.io login page. Type in the default Username which is admin and the auto-generated password that you have previously copied at STEP 17. Click Login. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Alf.io Synology NAS Set up 12

  • STEP 20

Add your SMTP details, then click save. Follow the instructions in the image below. Note: For Gmail details, you should have completed the instructions at STEP 11.

Alf.io Synology NAS Set up 13

  • STEP 21

Click the Organizations tab, then click +add new to add your first organization. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Alf.io Synology NAS Set up 14

  • STEP 22

Click the Events tab, then Create new event to create your new event. Follow the instructions in the image below.

  • Alf.io Synology NAS Set up 15

    STEP 23

Add the details for your Event, then click Save. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Alf.io Synology NAS Set up 16

  • STEP 24

Click Publish now to make your event accessible online. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Alf.io Synology NAS Set up 17

  • STEP 25

Your Event link at a glance! Share with your potential customers!

Alf.io Synology NAS Set up 18

  • STEP 26

https://alf-io.yourname.synology.me/admin will be your admin dashboard page and https://alf-io.yourname.synology.me will be your events front page.

Enjoy Alf.io!

🆘TROUBLESHOOTING

If you encounter issues by using this container, make sure to check out the Common Docker issues article.

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This post was updated on Sunday / February 18th, 2024 at 12:29 AM