How to Install Mealie on Your Synology NAS

How to Install Mealie on Your Synology NAS

Mealie is a self hosted recipe manager and meal planner with a RestAPI backend and a reactive frontend application built in Vue for a pleasant user experience for the whole family. Easily add recipes into your database by providing the url and Mealie will automatically import the relevant data or add a family recipe with the simple and user-friendly UI editor. Use Mealie this Thanksgiving, Christmas, for New Year or birthday celebrations to help you plan your menu and have all the recipes you’ve been eyeing and itching to try all in the same place. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Mealie 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 mealie. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful to enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

Mealie 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.

Mealie 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 Mealie. 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=mealie \
-p 9777:80 \
-e TZ=Europe/Bucharest \
-e db_type=sqlite \
-v /volume1/docker/mealie:/app/data \
--restart always \
hkotel/mealie

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.)

Mealie Synology NAS Set up 3

  • STEP 6

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

Mealie Synology NAS Set up 4

  • STEP 7

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

Mealie 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:9777 At the top right of the page click Login. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Mealie Synology NAS Set up 6

  • STEP 10

After you click Login at STEP 9, a new pop up window will open. Add the default Email address and Password, then click Sign In. You can change them later. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Warning: the default Email is changeme@email.com and the default password is MyPassword

Mealie Synology NAS Set up 7

  • STEP 11

At the bottom right of the page you can click the PLUS+ button then the import a recipe button to import recipes from the world wide web. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Mealie Synology NAS Set up 8

  • STEP 12

Import a recipe in Mealie by pasting an external URL for a recipe of your choice then clicking SUBMIT. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Mealie Synology NAS Set up 9

  • STEP 13

Your imported recipe will look like this.

Mealie Synology NAS Set up 10

You can also add your own recipe to Mealie.

Mealie Synology NAS Set up 11

Enjoy Mealie!

Note: If you want to run the Mealie container over HTTPS, check 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 Mealie container with the latest image.
Note: How to Free Disk Space on Your NAS if You Run Docker.
Note: How to Schedule Start & Stop For Docker Containers.

This post was updated on Sunday / November 21st, 2021 at 11:46 PM