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. (ntop requires a license to fully work). In this step by step guide I will show you how to install ntop 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 ntop. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful to enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

ntop 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.

ntop 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 NTOP. 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=ntop \
-p 3000:3000 \
-v /volume1/docker/ntop:/etc/ntopng.license:ro \
--net=host \
--restart always \
ntop/ntopng:stable

ntop Synology NAS Set up 3

  • STEP 6

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

ntop Synology NAS Set up 4

  • STEP 7

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

ntop 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:3000 Type in the default username and password, then click Login.

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

ntop Synology NAS Set up 6

  • 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.

ntop Synology NAS Set up 7

Enjoy ntop!

ntop Synology NAS Set up 8

All your devices Traffic Analytics at a glance.

ntop Synology NAS Set up 9

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

Note: If you are using another docker container that uses port 3000 like Adguard, at STEP 5 you have to add the code below instead of the one above.

docker run -d --name=ntop \
-p 3016:3000 \
-v /volume1/docker/ntop:/etc/ntopng.license:ro \
--restart always \
ntop/ntopng:stable

Note: Can I run Docker on my Synology NAS? See the supported models.
Note: Find out how to update the ntop 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.
Note: How to Activate Email Notifications.
Note: How to Add Access Control Profile on Your NAS.
Note: How to Change Docker Containers Restart Policy.
Note: How to Use Docker Containers With VPN.
Note: Convert Docker Run Into Docker Compose.
Note: How to Clean Docker.
Note: Some Docker Containers Need WebSocket.
Note: ntop requires a license to fully work.

This post was updated on Thursday / May 5th, 2022 at 12:53 PM