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. If you are looking for something faster and better than Invidious, check out my guide on How to Install Piped on Your Synology NAS.
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.
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.
Go to Control Panel / Login Portal / Advanced Tab / click Reverse Proxy. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Now click the “Create” button. Follow the instructions in the image below.
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:
Check Enable HSTS
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.
Go to Control Panel / Network / Connectivity tab/ Check Enable HTTP/2 then click Apply. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Go to Control Panel / Security / Advanced tab/ Check Enable HTTP Compression then click Apply. Follow the instructions in the image below.
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.
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.
In the Name field type in invidious. Follow the instructions in the image below.
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: - 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 hmac_key: e8b09fcc0882e8b646beab0135027f748c39f27acb142b339a9b199acd3b0a2b https_only: true restart: always depends_on: invidious-db: condition: service_started
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 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.
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.
If everything goes right, you will see the following message at the top right of your screen: “Success Stack successfully deployed“.
Go back to STEP 1 or you will deal with karma 🙂.
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.
You can view your favorite video!
You can change multiple settings by clicking the gear icon at the top right of the page. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Find out how to update the Invidious container with the latest image.
Note: Can I run Docker on my Synology NAS? See the supported models.
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Note: How to Use Docker Containers With VPN.
Note: Convert Docker Run Into Docker Compose.
Note: How to Clean Docker.
Note: How to Clean Docker Automatically.
Note: Best Practices When Using Docker and DDNS.
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Note: Find out the Best NAS Models For Docker.
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This post was updated on Tuesday / November 7th, 2023 at 11:04 PM