How to Install Kavita on Your Synology NAS

How to Install Kavita on Your Synology NAS

Kavita is a fast, feature rich, cross platform reading server. Built with a focus for manga, and the goal of being a full solution for all your reading needs. Set up your own server and share your reading collection with your friends and family! Serve up Manga/Webtoons/Comics (cbr, cbz, zip/rar, 7zip, raw images) and Books (epub, pdf) with Kavita. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Kavita on your Synology NAS using Docker.

  • STEP 1

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  • STEP 2

Install Docker via Synology “Package Center”.

Install Docker Synology DSM 7

  • STEP 3

Go to File Station and open the docker folder. Inside the docker folder, create one new folder and name it kavita. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful to enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

Kavita Synology NAS Set up 1

  • STEP 4

Go to Control Panel / Task Scheduler / Create / Scheduled Task / User-defined script. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Kavita Synology NAS Set up 2

  • STEP 5

Once you click on User-defined script, a new window will open. Follow the instructions below:

  1. General: In the Task field type in Install Kavita. Uncheck the “Enabled” option. Select root User.
  2. Schedule: Select Run on the following date then select “Do not repeat“.
  3. 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=kavita \
-p 5471:5000 \
-e PUID=1026 \
-e PGID=100 \
-v /volume1/docker/kavita:/kavita/config \
-v /volume1/web/books:/manga \
--restart always \
kizaing/kavita

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: In the code above after -v /volume1/docker/kavita:/kavita/config \ you have to add your personal path to books or comics. For example, I have used my personal books path folder -v /volume1/web/books:/manga \ Change it according to your preferences. -v /path/toyour/books:/manga  \

Kavita Synology NAS Set up 3 new

  • STEP 6

After you click OK on STEP 5 a new warning pop up window will open. Click OK.

Kavita Synology NAS Set up 4 new

  • STEP 7

After you click OK on STEP 6, select your “Install Kavita” Task then click the “Run” tab. You will be asked to run Install Kavita – click Yes. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Kavita Synology NAS Set up 5

  • STEP 8

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

  • STEP 9

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:5471 Create a Username and a Password then click Register. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Kavita Synology NAS Set up 6 new

  • STEP 10

Log in using your own credentials that you have previously created at STEP 9. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Kavita Synology NAS Set up 7 new

  • STEP 11

Click on Server settings to create a new library. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Kavita Synology NAS Set up 8 new

  • STEP 12

Click on + Add Library. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Kavita Synology NAS Set up 9

  • STEP 13

Name your Library, select your library Type then click the + sign to add your own folder where your files are stored. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Kavita Synology NAS Set up 10

  • STEP 14

Select the /manga folder from the list, then click Share. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Kavita Synology NAS Set up 11

  • STEP 15

Click Save. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Kavita Synology NAS Set up 12

  • STEP 16

Click on the Kavita logo at the top left to go to the homepage. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Kavita Synology NAS Set up 13

  • STEP 17

You will see your entire Library at a glance.

Kavita Synology NAS Set up 14

  • STEP 18

Now you can start reading your favorite comics!

Kavita Synology NAS Set up 15

You have different options, including Dark theme mode and White theme mode.

Kavita Synology NAS Set up 16

Now you can start reading your favorite eBooks!

Kavita Synology NAS Set up 17

Everything will be fast and clean.

Kavita Synology NAS Set up 18

Note: If you want to run the Kavita container over HTTPS, check out my guide on How to Run Docker Containers Over HTTPS.

Note: Can I run Docker on my Synology NAS? See the supported models.
Note: Find out how to update the Kavita container with the latest image.
Note: How to Free Disk Space on Your NAS if You Run Docker.
Note: An alternative to Kavita is Komga. I sincerely prefer Kavita over Komga, but it’s good to have options.
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 1:02 PM