How to Install Audiobookshelf on Your Synology NAS

How to Install Audiobookshelf on Your Synology NAS

Audiobookshelf is a self-hosted audiobook server for managing and playing your audiobooks. It’s fully open-source, including the android & iOS app, currently in beta. You can stream all audiobook formats on the fly. Audiobookshelf has multi-user support and custom permissions. You can easily upload all the audiobooks from your computer to your Synology NAS. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Audiobookshelf on your Synology NAS using Docker.

💡Note: This guide works perfectly with the latest Audiobookshelf v2.2.22 release.

  • STEP 1

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  • STEP 2

Install Container Manager via Synology “Package Center”. If you run an older DSM version (under 7.2), search for Docker instead of Container Manager.

Download Container Manager Synology Docker

  • STEP 3

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

Audiobookshelf Synology NAS Set up 1

  • STEP 4

Go to Control Panel / Task Scheduler / Create / Scheduled Task / User-defined script. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Audiobookshelf Synology NAS Set up 2

  • STEP 5

Once you click on User-defined script, a new window will open. Follow the instructions below:

  1. General: In the Task field type in Install Audiobookshelf. Uncheck the “Enabled” option. Select root User.
  2. Schedule: Select Run on the following date then select “Do not repeat“.
  3. Task Settings: Check “Send run details by email“, add your email then copy paste the code below in the Run command area. After that, click OK.
docker run -d --name=audiobookshelf \
-p 13378:80 \
-e PUID=1026 \
-e PGID=100 \
-v /volume1/docker/audiobookshelf:/config \
-v /volume1/web/audiobooks:/audiobooks \
-v /volume1/web/metadata:/metadata \
--restart always \
advplyr/audiobookshelf

Note: Before you paste the code above in the Run command area below, change the value numbers for PUID and PGID with your own values. (Follow my step by step guide on how to do this.)
Note: in the code above after -v /volume1/docker/audiobookshelf:/config \ you have to add your personal path to audiobooks. For example I have used my personal audiobooks path folder -v /volume1/web/audiobooks:/audiobooks \ Change it according to your preferences. -v /path/toyour/audiobooks:/audiobooks \
Note: in the code above after -v /volume1/docker/audiobookshelf:/config \ you have to add your personal path to metadata. For example I have used my personal metadata path folder -v /volume1/web/metadata:/metadata \ Change it according to your preferences. -v /path/toyour/metadata:/metadata \

Audiobookshelf Synology NAS Set up 3 new 2023

Warning: Your directory name can’t contain spaces or you will not be able to install it. Example: -v /volume1/web/audiobooks:/audiobooks is correct and \ -v /volume1/web/audio and books:/audiobooks \ with spaces in the folder name is not correct.

  • STEP 6

After you click OK on STEP 5 a new warning pop up window will open. Click OK.

Audiobookshelf Synology NAS Set up 4

After you click OK, type in your DSM Password then click Submit. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Synology Task Scheduler Confirm Admin Password

  • STEP 7

After you click Submit on STEP 6, select your “Install Audiobookshelf” Task then click the “Run” tab. You will be asked to run Install Audiobookshelf – click OK. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Audiobookshelf Synology NAS Set up 5

  • STEP 8

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

  • STEP 9

The installation process can take up to a few seconds/minutes. It will depend on your Internet speed connection. Now open your browser and type in http://Synology-ip-address:13378 You will be prompted to log in. Type in your own Username and Password then click Submit. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Audiobookshelf Synology NAS Set up 6 new 2023

  • STEP 10

Type in your own Username and Password that you have previously created at STEP 9 then click Submit. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Audiobookshelf Synology NAS Set up 7 new 2023

  • STEP 11

Click Add your first library. Select the Media Type then click Browser for Folder. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Audiobookshelf Synology NAS Set up 8 new 2023

  • STEP 12

Select the audiobooks folder then click Select Folder Path. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Audiobookshelf Synology NAS Set up 9 new 2023

Note: If you want to run the Audiobookshelf container over HTTPS, check out my guide on How to Run Docker Containers Over HTTPS. If you add Reverse Proxy to Audiobookshelf, you will need WebSocket Activation to make the container available via HTTPS.

Synology Proxy WebSocket

Enjoy Audiobookshelf!

Note: Can I run Docker on my Synology NAS? See the supported models.
Note: Find out how to update the Audiobookshelf container with the latest image.
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This post was updated on Sunday / June 4th, 2023 at 10:14 PM