Heimdall is a way to organise all those links to your most used websites and web applications in a simple way. Simplicity is the key to Heimdall. Why not use it as your browser start page? It even has the option to include a search bar using either Google, Bing or DuckDuckGo. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Heimdall on your Synology NAS using Docker.
Install Docker via Synology “Package Center”.
Go to File Station and open the docker folder. Inside the docker folder, create one new folder and name it heimdall. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful to enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.
Go to Control Panel / Task Scheduler / Create / Scheduled Task / User-defined script. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Once you click on User-defined script, a new window will open. Follow the instructions below:
- General: In the Task field type in Install Heimdall. Uncheck the “Enabled” option. Select root User.
- Schedule: Select Run on the following date then select “Do not repeat“.
- 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=heimdall \ -p 8056:80 \ -p 7543:443 \ -e PUID=1026 \ -e PGID=100 \ -e TZ=Europe/Bucharest \ -v /volume1/docker/heimdall:/config \ --restart always \ ghcr.io/linuxserver/heimdall
Note: Before you paste the code above in the Run command 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.)
Note: Before you paste the code above in the Run command area below, change the value for TZ. (Select your current Time Zone from this list.)
After you click OK on STEP 5 a new warning pop up window will open. Click OK.
After you click OK on STEP 6, select your “Install Heimdall” Task then click the “Run” tab. You will be asked to run Install Heimdall – click Yes. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Go back to STEP 1 or you will deal with karma 🙂
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:8056 Click “Add an application here” to start to add your first app on the dashboard. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Select an application from the list or manually add your own application or website. Select Pinned, add the Application name, URL then click SAVE. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Your Heimdall dashboard will look like this. You can start to set up your Dashboard according to your preferences. To add new applications, just click on the menu on the bottom right. Follow the instructions in the image below.
You can add a search bar.
You can organize everything in your Dashboard.
You can create multiple user accounts and multiple dashboards.
Note: If you want to run the Heimdall container over an HTTPS connection, check out my guide on How to Run Docker Containers Over HTTPS.
Note: You can add or remove users to allow or prevent them from accessing your Dashboard.
Note: Find out how to update the Heimdall container with the latest image.
Note: Can I run Docker on my Synology NAS? See the supported models.
Note: How to Free Disk Space on Your NAS if You Run Docker.
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.
This post was updated on Sunday / January 16th, 2022 at 12:26 PM