How to Install Conduit on Your Synology NAS

How to Install Conduit on Your Synology NAS

Conduit is a fast Matrix homeserver that’s easy to set up and just works. You can install it on a mini-computer like the Raspberry Pi or on a Synology NAS to host Matrix for your family, friends or company. Conduit is a lightweight open-source server implementation of the Matrix Specification with a focus on easy setup and low system requirements. That means you can make your own Conduit setup in just a few minutes. Conduit tries to keep everything simple. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Conduit on your Synology NAS using Docker and Portainer. You can also Install Matrix Synapse on your Synology NAS.

Note: This guide works perfectly with the latest Conduit v0.5.0 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.

Conduit Matrix Synology NAS Set up 1

  • STEP 5

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

Conduit Matrix 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 Conduit. After that, add the following instructions:

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

Check Enable HSTS

Destination:
Protocol: HTTP
Hostname: localhost
Port: 8455

Conduit Matrix Synology NAS Set up 3 new

  • 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.

Conduit Matrix 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.

Conduit Matrix 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 matrix-conduit. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful to enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

Conduit Matrix Synology NAS Set up 6

  • STEP 11

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 12

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

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

version: "3.9"
services:
  matrix-conduit:
    image: matrixconduit/matrix-conduit:latest
    container_name: Matrix-Conduit
    hostname: matrix-conduit
    security_opt:
      - no-new-privileges:true
    user: 1026:100
    ports:
      - 8455:6167
    volumes:
      - /volume1/docker/matrix-conduit:/var/lib/matrix-conduit/
    environment:
      - CONDUIT_SERVER_NAME=mariushosting
      - CONDUIT_DATABASE_PATH=/var/lib/matrix-conduit/
      - CONDUIT_DATABASE_BACKEND=rocksdb
      - CONDUIT_PORT=6167
      - CONDUIT_MAX_REQUEST_SIZE=20000000
      - CONDUIT_ALLOW_REGISTRATION=true
      - CONDUIT_ALLOW_FEDERATION=true
      - CONDUIT_TRUSTED_SERVERS=["matrix.org"]
      - CONDUIT_MAX_CONCURRENT_REQUESTS=250
      - CONDUIT_ADDRESS=0.0.0.0
      - CONDUIT_CONFIG=''
    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 CONDUIT_SERVER_NAME. mariushosting is an example for a server name you have to add your own CONDUIT_SERVER_NAME.

Conduit Matrix Synology NAS Set up 7

  • STEP 13

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.

Conduit Matrix Synology NAS Set up 8

  • STEP 14

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

Conduit Matrix Synology NAS Set up 9

  • STEP 15

Download the Element client for Desktop or Mobile from the blue link below.

Download Element

  • STEP 16

Once the Element client is downloaded, open it then click Sign in. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Conduit Matrix Synology NAS Set up 10

  • STEP 17

Click Edit to edit the Homeserver. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Conduit Matrix Synology NAS Set up 11

  • STEP 18

On the Other homeserver area, type in your own synology.me DDNS that you have previously created at STEP 6 with https:// at the beginning, then click Continue. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Conduit Matrix Synology NAS Set up 12 new

  • STEP 19

Once you have added your own synology.me DDNS at STEP 18, Click Create account. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Conduit Matrix Synology NAS Set up 13

  • STEP 20

Type in your own Username and Password then click Register. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Conduit Matrix Synology NAS Set up 14

  • STEP 21

You’re in. Click Skip. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Conduit Matrix Synology NAS Set up 15

  • STEP 22

Click No on the little pop-up at the top left of the page. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Conduit Matrix Synology NAS Set up 16

  • STEP 23

At the top left of the page click on your name then Switch to dark mode to better view the chat. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Conduit Matrix Synology NAS Set up 17

Your room is ready!

Conduit Matrix Synology NAS Set up 18

Start chatting with your friends by giving them your own synology.me DDNS address to connect to your server. Note: remember that your friends need to download the element client from STEP 15 to be able to use your private chat.

Conduit Matrix Synology NAS Set up 19

Enjoy Matrix Conduit!

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This post was updated on Thursday / January 12th, 2023 at 12:45 PM