How to Install Invidious on Your Synology NAS

How to Install Invidious on Your Synology NAS

Invidious is a free and open-source alternative frontend to YouTube. It is available as a Docker container, or from the GitHub master branch. It is intended to be used as a lightweight and privacy-respecting alternative to the official YouTube website. One of the best things about Invidious is that you can watch YouTube videos without ADS. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Invidious on your Synology NAS using Docker and Portainer.

  • 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.

Invidious Synology NAS Set up 1

  • STEP 5

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

Invidious 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 Invidious. After that, add the following instructions:

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

Destination:
Protocol: HTTP
Hostname: Add your own NAS IP.
Port: 7601

Invidious 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.

Invidious 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.

Invidious 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 invidiousdb. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful to enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

Invidious 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 invidious. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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

version: "3.9"
services:
  invidious-db:
    image: postgres
    container_name: Invidious-DB
    hostname: invidious-db
    security_opt:
      - no-new-privileges:true
    healthcheck:
      test: ["CMD", "pg_isready", "-q", "-d", "invidious", "-U", "kemal"]
      timeout: 45s
      interval: 10s
      retries: 10
    user: 1026:100
    volumes:
      - /volume1/docker/invidiousdb:/var/lib/postgresql/data
    environment:
      POSTGRES_DB: invidious
      POSTGRES_USER: kemal
      POSTGRES_PASSWORD: kemalpw
    restart: always

  invidious:
    image: quay.io/invidious/invidious:latest
    container_name: Invidious
    hostname: invidious
    user: 1026:100
    security_opt:
      - no-new-privileges:true
    healthcheck:
      test: wget -nv --tries=1 --spider http://127.0.0.1:3000/api/v1/comments/jNQXAC9IVRw || exit 1
      interval: 30s
      timeout: 5s
      retries: 2
    ports:
      - 192.168.1.18:7601:3000
    environment:
      INVIDIOUS_CONFIG: |
        db:
          dbname: invidious
          user: kemal
          password: kemalpw
          host: invidious-db
          port: 5432
        check_tables: true
        captcha_enabled: false
        default_user_preferences:
          locale: ro
          region: RO
        external_port: 443
        domain: invidious.yourname.synology.me
        https_only: true
    restart: always
    depends_on:
      invidious-db:
        condition: service_healthy

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 ports and add your own Synology Local NAS IP. 192.168.1.18 is my own Synology Local NAS IP. You should type in your own Synology Local NAS IP.
Note: Before you paste the code above in the Web editor area below, change the value for locale and region. ro and RO are abbreviations for Romania. You should use your own locale and region abbreviations. For example, for the United States you should use locale: us region: US.
Note: Before you paste the code above in the Web editor area below, change the value for domain. Type in your own synology.me DDNS that you have previously created at STEP 6.

Invidious 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.

Invidious Synology NAS Set up 8 new

  • STEP 14

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

Invidious 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://invidious.yourname.synology.me In my case it’s https://invidious.mariushosting.synology.me If everything goes right, you will see the Invidious main page. Search for something then switch to Dark Mode. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Invidious Synology NAS Set up 10

  • STEP 17

You can view your favorite video!

Invidious Synology NAS Set up 11

  • STEP 18

You can change multiple settings by clicking the gear icon at the top right of the page. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Invidious Synology NAS Set up 12

Enjoy Invidious!

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This post was updated on Friday / November 18th, 2022 at 8:50 PM