Paperless-ngx is a document management system that transforms your physical documents into a searchable online archive so you can keep, well, less paper. Paperless-ngx forked from paperless-ng to continue the great work and distribute responsibility of supporting and advancing the project among a team of people. The paperless-ng and paperless-ngx Unraid templates will coexist in the community application store. That allows existing users to still rely on the mature paperless-ng for their productive environment and make the change to paperless-ngx once they feel comfortable. NG stands for both Angular (the framework used for the Frontend) and next-gen. Publishing this project under a different name also avoids confusion between paperless and paperless-ngx. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Paperless-ngx on your Synology NAS using Docker & Portainer. If what you are looking for is to be able to also upload Office documents such as .docx, I recommend you install Paperless-NGX with Office Files Support and enjoy a complete product.
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.
Go to File Station and open the docker folder. Inside the docker folder, create one new folder and name it paperlessngx. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful to enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.
Now create six new folders inside the paperlessngx folder that you created at STEP 3 and name them consume, data, db, export, media, redis. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful to enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.
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.
In the Name field type in paperless-ngx. Follow the instructions in the image below.
version: "3.6" services: broker: image: redis container_name: Paperless-NGX-REDIS restart: always volumes: - /volume1/docker/paperlessngx/redis:/data db: image: postgres container_name: Paperless-NGX-DB restart: always volumes: - /volume1/docker/paperlessngx/db:/var/lib/postgresql/data environment: POSTGRES_DB: paperless POSTGRES_USER: paperless POSTGRES_PASSWORD: paperless webserver: image: ghcr.io/paperless-ngx/paperless-ngx:latest container_name: Paperless-NGX restart: always depends_on: - db - broker ports: - 8777:8000 volumes: - /volume1/docker/paperlessngx/data:/usr/src/paperless/data - /volume1/docker/paperlessngx/media:/usr/src/paperless/media - /volume1/docker/paperlessngx/export:/usr/src/paperless/export - /volume1/docker/paperlessngx/consume:/usr/src/paperless/consume environment: PAPERLESS_REDIS: redis://broker:6379 PAPERLESS_DBHOST: db USERMAP_UID: 1026 USERMAP_GID: 100 PAPERLESS_TIME_ZONE: Europe/Bucharest PAPERLESS_ADMIN_USER: marius PAPERLESS_ADMIN_PASSWORD: mariushosting PAPERLESS_OCR_LANGUAGE: deu+eng
Note: Before you paste the code above in the Web editor area, change the values for USERMAP_UID and USERMAP_GID with your own number values. (Follow my step by step guide on how to do this.)
Note: Before you paste the code above in the Web editor area, change the value for PAPERLESS_TIME_ZONE with your own time zone value. (Select your current Time Zone from this list.)
Note: Before you paste the code above in the Web editor area, change the value for PAPERLESS_ADMIN_USER and add your own username. marius is an example for a username. You have to insert your own username.
Note: Before you paste the code above in the Web editor area, change the value for PAPERLESS_ADMIN_PASSWORD and add your own password. mariushosting is an example for a password. You have to insert your own password.
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.
If everything goes right, you will see the following message at the top right of your screen: “Success Stack successfully deployed“.
Go back to STEP 1 or you will deal with karma 🙂.
Now open your browser and type in http://Synology-ip-address:8777 Type in your own Username and Password that you have previously created at STEP 6 then click Sign in. Follow the instructions in the image below. ⚠️Warning: if you get an error message that says Username and/or password incorrect, this means your NAS is slow and didn’t create the superadmin user. You need to wait 2-3 minutes longer and try to log in again. Don’t rush to change the password or reinstall everything from scratch, just wait.
Start uploading your documents!
You can also enable Dark Mode and change the Sidebar Color Theme. On the left sidebar click on Settings then follow the instructions below.
Uncheck Use system settings
Check Enable dark mode.
Uncheck Invert thumbnails in dark mode.
Change your Theme Color then click Save. Follow the instructions in the image below.
If you encounter issues by using this container, make sure to check out the Common Docker issues article.
🍀Note: If you want to run the Paperless-ngx container over HTTPS, check my guide on How to Run Docker Containers Over HTTPS. If you want to use reverse proxy to access Paperless-ngx over HTTPS, in the code at STEP 6 you also need to add the environment PAPERLESS_URL: https://paperless.yourname.synology.me and PAPERLESS_CSRF_TRUSTED_ORIGINS: https://paperless.yourname.synology.me just after PAPERLESS_ADMIN_PASSWORD:
💡Suggestion: You can also install Stirling-PDF to better manage your documents.
💡Suggestion: You can also install DocuSeal that provides secure and efficient digital document signing and processing.
Note: Can I run Docker on my Synology NAS? See the supported models.
Note: Find out how to update the Paperless-ngx container with the latest image.
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This post was updated on Thursday / November 30th, 2023 at 7:12 PM