Homebridge is a lightweight NodeJS server you can run on your home network that emulates the iOS HomeKit API. Homebridge allows you to integrate with smart home devices that do not support the HomeKit protocol. After installing Homebridge, it remains running and connected to your network, ready to service requests from Siri. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Homebridge on your Synology NAS using Docker. You can also use HOOBS or Home Assistant for your smart home devices.
Install Container Manager via Synology “Package Center”. If you run an older DSM version (under 7.2), search for Docker instead of Container Manager.
Go to File Station and open the docker folder. Inside the docker folder, create one new folder and name it homebridge. 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 images 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 Homebridge. Uncheck “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=homebridge \ -e DSM_HOSTNAME=MariusHosting \ -e PACKAGES=ffmpeg \ -v /volume1/docker/homebridge:/homebridge \ --net=host \ --restart always \ homebridge/homebridge
Note: Before you paste the code above in the Run command area below, change the DSM_HOSTNAME value with the name of your NAS. To find your NAS name go Control Panel / Network / General tab / Server name.
After you click OK on STEP 5 a new warning pop up window will open. Click OK.
After you click OK, type in your DSM Password then click Submit. Follow the instructions in the image below.
After you click Submit on STEP 6, select your “Install Homebridge” Task then click the “Run” tab. You will be asked to run Install Homebridge – click OK. 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:8581 Click GET STARTED. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Type in your own credentials (Username and Password) then click CREATE ACCOUNT. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Click OPEN DASHBOARD. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Enjoy HomeBridge and start adding Plugins.
If you want to add Ffmpeg, click PLUGINS then search for Ffmpeg. Click INSTALL Homebridge Camera Ffmpeg. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: You can easily change the admin user and password by clicking the 3 dots at the top right in homebridge home.
Note: Find out how to update Homebridge container with the latest image.
Note: I recommend you use Reverse Proxy to allow Homebridge to work over an HTTPS connection.
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This post was updated on Thursday / November 9th, 2023 at 10:00 AM