How to Install Github Desktop on Your Synology NAS

How to Install Github Desktop on Your Synology NAS

Github Desktop is an open source Electron-based GitHub app. It is written in TypeScript and uses React. Focus on what matters instead of fighting with Git. Whether you’re new to Git or a seasoned user, GitHub Desktop simplifies your development workflow. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Github Desktop on your Synology NAS with Docker & Portainer.

💡Note: This guide works perfectly with the latest version of Github Desktop v3.2.2

  • 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.

Github Desktop Synology NAS Set up 1

  • STEP 5

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

Github Desktop 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 Github-Desktop. After that, add the following instructions:

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

Check Enable HSTS

Destination:
Protocol: HTTPS
Hostname: localhost
Port: 3405

Github Desktop Synology NAS Set up 3

  • 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.

Github Desktop Synology NAS Se

  • STEP 9

Go to Control Panel / Security / Advanced tab/ Check Enable HTTP Compression then click Apply. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Github Desktop 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 github-desktop. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful to enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

Github Desktop 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 githubdesktop. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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

version: "3.9"
services:
  github-desktop:
    image: ghcr.io/linuxserver/github-desktop:latest
    container_name: Github-Desktop
    hostname: github-desktop
    mem_limit: 3g
    shm_size: 1g
    cpu_shares: 1024
    security_opt:
      - seccomp:unconfined
    cap_add:
      - IPC_LOCK
    healthcheck:
      test: curl -f http://localhost:3000/ || exit 1
    ports:
      - 3405:3001
    volumes:
      - /volume1/docker/github-desktop:/config:rw
    environment:
      TZ: Europe/Bucharest
      PUID: 1026
      PGID: 100
      TITLE: Github-Desktop
    restart: on-failure:5

Note: Before you paste the code above in the Web editor area below, change the value for TZ. (Select your current Time Zone from this list.)
Note: Before you paste the code above in the Web editor 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.1026 is my personal PUID value and 100 is my personal PGID value. You have to type in your own values.

Github Desktop 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.

Github Desktop Synology NAS Set up 8

⌛Now just wait because the Github Desktop image is about 2.5GB.

  • STEP 14

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

Github Desktop Synology NAS Set up 9

  • STEP 15

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

  • STEP 16

Now open your browser and type in your HTTPS/SSL certificate like this https://githubdesktop.yourname.synology.me that you have previously created at STEP 6. In my case it’s https://githubdesktop.mariushosting.synology.me If everything goes right, you will see the Github Desktop welcome page. Sign in with your Github account. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Github Desktop Synology NAS Set up 10

Enjoy Github Desktop!

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This post was updated on Tuesday / May 2nd, 2023 at 4:56 PM