How to Install Dockge on Your Synology NAS

How to Install Dockge on Your Synology NAS

Dockge is a fancy, easy-to-use and reactive self-hosted docker compose.yaml stack-oriented manager alternative to Portainer. With Dockge you can easily manage your compose.yaml files, providing a central point for all your Docker configuration needs. Includes options to create, edit, start, stop, restart, and delete Docker configurations, offering full lifecycle management of your Docker environments. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Dockge on your Synology NAS using Docker.

💡Note: This guide works perfectly with the latest Dockge v1.4.2 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 a new folder and name it dockge. Follow the instructions in the images below.
Note: Be careful to use only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

Dockge Synology NAS Set up 1

  • STEP 4

Now create two new folders inside the dockge folder that you previously created at STEP 3 and name them data and stacks. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful to enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

Dockge Synology NAS Set up 2

  • STEP 5

In the stacks folder that you have previously created at STEP 4, create folders for every docker container that you have a compose.yaml file for. For example, I created a folder named Dozzle for the Dozzle container.

Dockge Synology NAS Set up 3

Then, in the dozzle folder, I uploaded the compose.yaml file that I provide at STEP 9 in my Dozzle article. Repeat this operation for every container that you have a compose.yaml file for. First create the folder, then upload the compose.yaml file in it. For every container, the file name should be called compose.yaml – Only the folder should have a different name. Example: For the Dozzle container, create a folder called dozzle and upload the compose.yaml file in it. For the Calibre container, create a folder called calibre and upload the compose.yaml file in it. And so on.
Dockge Synology NAS Set up 4

What is compose? With Compose, you use a YAML file to configure your application’s services. Then, with a single command, you create and start all the services from your configuration. Do this operation for every container that you have a compose.yaml file for.

  • STEP 6

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

  • STEP 7

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 Dockge“. 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=Dockge \
-p 5571:5001 \
-v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock \
-v /volume1/docker/dockge/stacks:/volume1/docker/dockge/stacks \
-v /volume1/docker/dockge/data:/app/data \
-e DOCKGE_STACKS_DIR=/volume1/docker/dockge/stacks \
--restart=always \
louislam/dockge:1

Dockge Synology NAS Set up 5 new 2025

  • STEP 8

After you click OK on STEP 7 a new warning pop up window will open. Click OK.

Dockge Synology NAS Set up 6 new 2025

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 9

After you click Submit at STEP 8, select your “Install Dockge” Task then click the “Run” tab. You will be asked to run Install Dockge – click OK. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Dockge Synology NAS Set up 7

  • STEP 10

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

  • STEP 11

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:5571 Type in your details then click Create. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Dockge Synology NAS Set up 8

  • STEP 12

In the Dockge left sidebar you will see all your compose folders. For example, you can start the installation for Dozzle by clicking Start. First of all, in file station, you will need to create the dozzle folder following the same exact STEPs that you used in Portainer before deploying the Dozzle stack. Note: If you see different stacks on the left sidebar, the stacks that are marked “active”, but greyed out, will be the ones created outside Dockge. For example, the stacks created with Portainer. You can just switch to Dockge gradually in the future, if you want. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Dockge Synology NAS Set up 9

  • STEP 13

Once you click the Start button at STEP 12, your container installation will be deployed. Click the port to open it. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Dockge Synology NAS Set up 10

  • STEP 14

As you can see, you can now access Dozzle.

Dockge Synology NAS Set up 11

Enjoy Dockge!

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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 Dockge container over HTTPS, check How to Run Docker Containers Over HTTPS. In order to make Dockge 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 Tuesday / January 23rd, 2024 at 7:38 PM