How to Install Paperless on Your Synology NAS

How to Install Paperless on Your Synology NAS

Paperless code name Paperless-ng is an application by Daniel Quinn and contributors that indexes your scanned documents and allows you to easily search for documents and store metadata alongside your documents. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Paperless 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 paperless. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful to enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

Paperless Synology NAS Set up 1

  • STEP 4

Now create two new folders inside the paperless folder that you created at STEP 3 name one “config” and the other “data“. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

Paperless Synology NAS Set up 2

  • STEP 5

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

Paperless Synology NAS Set up 3

  • STEP 6

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 Paperless. Uncheck “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=paperless-ng \
-p 8931:8000 \
-e PUID=1026 \
-e PGID=100 \
-e TZ=Europe/Bucharest \
-v /volume1/docker/paperless/config:/config \
-v /volume1/docker/paperless/data:/data \
--restart always \
ghcr.io/linuxserver/paperless-ng

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).

Paperless Synology NAS Set up 4

  • STEP 7

After you click OK on STEP 6 a new warning pop up window will open. Click OK.

Paperless Synology NAS Set up 5

  • STEP 8

After you click OK on STEP 7, select your “Install Paperless” Task then click the “Run” tab. You will be asked to run Install Paperless – click Yes. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Paperless Synology NAS Set up 6

  • STEP 9

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

  • STEP 10

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:8931 Type in the default username and Password, then click Sign in.

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

Paperless Synology NAS Set up 7

  • STEP 11

Start to upload your documents!

Paperless Synology NAS Set up 8

Enjoy Paperless!

Paperless Synology NAS Set up 9

  • STEP 12

If you want to run Paperless container over an HTTPS check 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 Paperless container with the latest image.
Note: How to Free Disk Space on Your NAS if You Run Docker.

This post was updated on Thursday / July 29th, 2021 at 2:41 AM