How to Install Bender on Your Synology NAS

How to Install Bender on Your Synology NAS

Bender is a link dashboard that can be managed without any code. It’s ideal for service listings on your NAS server. Heavily inspired by Homer dashboard, it aims to provide the same functionality with one major change: no yaml file required! All links can be managed via the UI including dragging and dropping your links to re-order or change groups. New pages and links can be added via the UI, as can global settings such as the app title, icon and theme. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Bender on your Synology NAS using Docker.

💡Note: This guide works perfectly with the latest Bender v1.0.3 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 bender. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful to enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

Bender 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.

Synology User Defined Script

  • 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 Bender. 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=Bender \
-p 8845:8080 \
-v /volume1/docker/bender:/app/static \
--restart always \

Bender Synology NAS Set up 3 new 2023

  • STEP 6

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

Bender 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 Bender” Task then click the “Run” tab. You will be asked to run Install Bender – click OK. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Bender 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:8845 At the top right of the page click on the gear icon. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Bender Synology NAS Set up 6

  • STEP 10

You can change different parameters and the theme color. After that, click Save Changes. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Bender Synology NAS Set up 7

You can start to populate your Bender dashboard with your own links. Enjoy Bender!


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

Note: If you want to run the Bender container over HTTPS, check my guide on How to Run Docker Containers Over HTTPS.

Note: Can I run Docker on my Synology NAS? See the supported models.
Note: How to Back Up Docker Containers on your Synology NAS.
Note: Find out how to update the Bender container with the latest image.
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Note: How to Schedule Start & Stop For Docker Containers.
Note: How to Activate Email Notifications.
Note: How to Add Access Control Profile on Your NAS.
Note: How to Change Docker Containers Restart Policy.
Note: How to Use Docker Containers With VPN.
Note: Convert Docker Run Into Docker Compose.
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Note: Find out the Best NAS Models For Docker.
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This post was updated on Saturday / February 24th, 2024 at 5:20 AM