How to Install ntop on Your Synology NAS

How to Install ntop on Your Synology NAS

Ntop is computer software that probes a computer network to show network use (Traffic Analytics) in a way similar to what the program top does for processes. In interactive mode, it displays the network status on the user’s terminal. In Web mode, it acts as a web server, creating a HTML dump of the network status. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install ntopng on your Synology NAS using Docker.

Note: This guide works perfectly with the latest version of ntopng v5.2.1

  • 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

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

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  • STEP 4

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.

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  • STEP 5

In the Name field type in ntopng. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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

version: '3.8'
services: 
 ntopng:
    hostname: ntopng
    image: ntop/ntopng
    container_name: ntopng
    restart: always
    volumes:
      - /volume1/docker/ntopng:/var/lib/ntopng 
    network_mode: host
    command: --community

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  • 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.

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  • STEP 7

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

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  • STEP 8

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

  • STEP 9

Please wait approximately 3 minutes for the installation to be completed or you will get a blank page if you try to connect too soon. Now open your browser and type in http://Synology-ip-address:3000 Type in the default username and password, then click Login.

Warning: the default username is admin and the default password is admin

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  • STEP 10

After you click Login at STEP 9 you will be prompted to change the default admin password with your own. Click Change Password. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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  • STEP 11

Choose your own network interface that you want to monitor. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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All your devices Traffic Analytics at a glance.

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Note: If you want to run the ntopng 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 ntopng container with the latest image.
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Note: ntop requires a license to fully work.

This post was updated on Tuesday / September 20th, 2022 at 8:20 AM