How to Install Pidgin on Your Synology NAS

How to Install Pidgin on Your Synology NAS

Pidgin is a chat program which lets you log into accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on XMPP and sitting in an IRC channel at the same time. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Pidgin 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 pidgin. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful to enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

Pidgin 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.

Pidgin 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 Pidgin“. 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=pidgin \
-p 3220:3000 \
-e PUID=1026 \
-e PGID=100 \
-e TZ=Europe/Bucharest \
-v /volume1/docker/pidgin:/config \
--restart always \
ghcr.io/linuxserver/pidgin

Note: Before you paste the code above in the Run command area, 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, change the value for TZ (Select your current Time Zone from this list).

Pidgin Synology NAS Set up 3

  • STEP 6

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

Pidgin Synology NAS Set up 4

  • STEP 7

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

Pidgin 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:3220
and select your favorite communication protocol.

Pidgin Synology NAS Set up 6

Enjoy Pidgin! In the screenshot below you can see an example: Pidgin with IRC server.

Pidgin Synology NAS Set up 7

Note: Can I run Docker on my Synology NAS? See the supported models.
Note: Find out how to update Pidgin container with the latest image.
NoteHow to Free Disk Space on Your NAS if You Run Docker.

This post was updated on Monday / June 7th, 2021 at 11:02 PM