How to Install Cardinal Home Server on Your Synology NAS

How to Install Cardinal Home Server on Your Synology NAS

Cardinal is a suite of powerful self-hosted media streaming apps for your music, photos, movies, and TV. In this step by step guide I will show you how to Install Cardinal Home Server on your Synology NAS using Docker & Portainer.

💡Note: This guide works perfectly with the latest Cardinal Home Server v0.1.15 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

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

Cardinal Home Server Synology NAS Set up 1

  • STEP 4

Now create six new folders inside the cardinal folder that you created at STEP 3 and name them config, db, movies, music, photos, tv. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful to enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

Cardinal Home Server Synology NAS Set up 2

  • STEP 5

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 6

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

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

version: "3.9"
services:
  postgres:
    image: postgres:16
    container_name: Cardinal-DB
    hostname: cardinal-db
    mem_limit: 1g
    cpu_shares: 1024
    ports:
      - 24910:5432
    security_opt:
      - no-new-privileges:true
    healthcheck:
      test: ["CMD", "pg_isready", "-q", "-d", "cardinal", "-U", "cardinal"]
      timeout: 45s
      interval: 10s
      retries: 10
    volumes:
      - /volume1/docker/cardinal/db:/var/lib/postgresql/data:rw
    environment:
      POSTGRES_USER: cardinal
      POSTGRES_PASSWORD: cardinal
    restart: on-failure:5

  cardinal:
    image: cardinalapps/home-server:stable
    container_name: Cardinal-HS
    hostname: cardinal
    security_opt:
      - no-new-privileges:true
    healthcheck:
      test: wget --no-verbose --tries=1 --spider http://localhost:24900/
    ports:
      - 24900:24900
    environment:
      CARDINAL_POSTGRES: true
    volumes:
      - /volume1/docker/cardinal/config:/config:rw
      - /volume1/docker/cardinal/music:/music:rw
      - /volume1/docker/cardinal/photos:/photos:rw
      - /volume1/docker/cardinal/tv:/tv:rw
      - /volume1/docker/cardinal/movies:/movies:rw
    restart: on-failure:5
    depends_on:
      postgres:
        condition: service_healthy

Cardinal Home Server Synology NAS Set up 3

  • STEP 7

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.

Cardinal Home Server Synology NAS Set up 4

⌛Now just wait because the Cardinal Home Server image is about 1.3GB.

  • STEP 8

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

Cardinal Home Server Synology NAS Set up 5

  • STEP 9

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

  • STEP 10

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:24900 Click Start. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Cardinal Home Server Synology NAS Set up 6

  • STEP 11

Select your favorite theme. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Cardinal Home Server Synology NAS Set up 7

  • STEP 12

Give a name to your server, then click NEXT. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Cardinal Home Server Synology NAS Set up 8

  • STEP 13

Create a Cardinal account on the dev website to get some benefits, like the option to use a username and password to log-in via https, or click NEXT to continue the installation without an account. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Cardinal Home Server Synology NAS Set up 9

  • STEP 14

Either accept or don’t accept the Telemetry, then click Continue. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Cardinal Home Server Synology NAS Set up 10

  • STEP 15

Accept the Privacy & Terms. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Cardinal Home Server Synology NAS Set up 11

  • STEP 16

Click Cool. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Cardinal Home Server Synology NAS Set up 12

  • STEP 17

Click FINISH. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Cardinal Home Server Synology NAS Set up 13

  • STEP 18

Populate your folders at STEP 4: photos in the photos folder, movies in the movies folder, music in the music folder and tv shows in the tv folder.

  • STEP 19

Click File Indexing. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Cardinal Home Server Synology NAS Set up 14

  • STEP 20

Depending on how many photos, movies, music, tv series you have, it can take up to several hours or days to index everything.

Cardinal Home Server Synology NAS Set up 15

  • STEP 21

Your indexed Photos at a glance!

Cardinal Home Server Synology NAS Set up 16

Enjoy Cardinal Home Server!

🆘TROUBLESHOOTING

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 Cardinal Home Server container over HTTPS, check How to Run Docker Containers Over HTTPS. In order to make Cardinal Home Server work via HTTPS, it’s mandatory to activate WebSocket.

Note: Can I run Docker on my Synology NAS? See the supported models.
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This post was updated on Sunday / February 11th, 2024 at 5:13 AM