How to Install Minetest on Your Synology NAS

How to Install Minetest on Your Synology NAS

Minetest is an open source voxel game engine. Play one of our many games, mod a game to your liking, make your own game, or play on a multiplayer server. Is Minecraft better than Minetest? The main difference are the goals. While Minecraft is a proprietary sandbox/survival game, Minetest is a free software game engine which supports various voxel games in the likes of Minecraft, InfiniMiner etc. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Minetest on your Synology NAS using Docker.

Note: This guide works perfectly with the latest Minetest v5.6.1 release.

  • STEP 1

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  • STEP 2

Install Docker via Synology “Package Center”.

Synology NAS Install Docker DSM 7.2

  • 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

Log in to your router. Find the Port Forwarding area. At the moment I am using an RT6600ax Synology router. Remember that every router has its own interface design. Be sure to open the necessary port through your router settings, UDP. If the ports that point to your Synology NAS device are not opened, all the services you have activated on those specific ports will not work. All you need to do is give your Synology device permissions on port 30000 UDP, then apply the settings. Follow the instructions in the image below. Note: port 30000 are the essential port to make Minetest work.

Minetest Synology NAS Set up 1

  • STEP 5

Go to Control Panel / Login Portal / Advanced Tab / click Reverse Proxy. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Minetest Synology NAS Set up 2

  • STEP 6

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

Minetest Synology NAS Set up 3

  • STEP 7

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 Minetest. After that, add the following instructions:

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

Check Enable HSTS

Destination:
Protocol: HTTP
Hostname: localhost
Port: 30000

Minetest Synology NAS Setup 4 new 2023

  • STEP 8

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 9

Go to Control Panel / Network / Connectivity tab/ Check Enable HTTP/2 then click Apply. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Minetest Synology NAS Set up 5

  • STEP 10

Go to Control Panel / Security / Advanced tab/ Check Enable HTTP Compression then click Apply. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Minetest Synology NAS Set up 6

  • STEP 11

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

Minetest Synology NAS Set up 7

  • STEP 12

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

Minetest Synology NAS Set up 8

  • STEP 13

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 Minetest. 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=Minetest \
-p 30000:30000/udp \
-e PUID=1026 \
-e PGID=100 \
-e TZ=Europe/Bucharest \
-v /volume1/docker/minetest:/config/.minetest \
--restart always \
linuxserver/minetest:latest

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: 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.)

Minetest Synology NAS Set up 9

  • STEP 14

After you click OK on STEP 13 a new warning pop up window will open. Click OK.

Minetest Synology NAS Set up 10

  • STEP 15

After you click OK on STEP 14, select your “Install Minetest” Task then click the “Run” tab. You will be asked to run Install Minetest – click Yes. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Minetest Synology NAS Set up 11

  • STEP 16

Go to the official Minetest website and download the latest version of minetest for your operating system.

  • STEP 17

I have downloaded and unzipped the latest Minetest files on my Windows 11 operating system. Navigate to the bin folder. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Minetest Synology NAS Set up 12

  • STEP 18

Once you are in the bin folder, click on the minetest file to launch the Minetest game. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Minetest Synology NAS Set up 13

  • STEP 19

On Windows 11, you will get a pop up window for unrecognized app click “Run anyway“. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Minetest Synology NAS Set up 14

  • STEP 20

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

  • STEP 21

On the Address field type in your own synology.me DDNS that you have previously created at STEP 7.  On the Port field type in 30000. Click Register. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Minetest Synology NAS Set up 15

  • STEP 22

Add your own Name and Password then click Register. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Minetest Synology NAS Set up 16

  • STEP 23

You are in the game!

Minetest Synology NAS Set up 17

Start inviting your friends by giving them your own synology.me DDNS address and port 30000.

Minetest Synology NAS Set up 18

Enjoy Minetest!

Note: Can I run Docker on my Synology NAS? See the supported models.
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This post was updated on Friday / January 27th, 2023 at 12:40 AM