How to Install Piwigo on Your Synology NAS

How to Install Piwigo on Your Synology NAS

Piwigo is a photo gallery software for the web that comes with powerful features to publish and manage your collection of pictures. Piwigo is open source and is designed for organizations, teams and individuals. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Piwigo on your Synology NAS using Docker.

Note: This guide works perfectly with the latest Piwigo 12.3.0 release.

  • STEP 1

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  • STEP 2

Install Docker via Synology “Package Center”.

Install Docker Synology DSM 7

  • STEP 3

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 4

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

Piwigo Synology NAS Set up 1 new

  • STEP 5

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.

1 Synology Portainer Add Stack

  • STEP 6

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

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

version: "2.1"
services:
  piwigo:
    image: ghcr.io/linuxserver/piwigo
    container_name: Piwigo
    environment:
      - PUID=1026
      - PGID=100
      - TZ=Europe/Bucharest
    volumes:
      - /volume1/docker/piwigo:/config
      - /volume1/web/gallery:/gallery
    ports:
      - 8633:80
    restart: always
  db:
    image: mysql
    container_name: Piwigo-DB
    restart: always
    environment:
      MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD: piwigo
      MYSQL_DATABASE: piwigo
      MYSQL_USER: piwigo
      MYSQL_PASSWORD: piwigo
    volumes:
      - /volume1/docker/piwigodb:/var/lib/mysql

volumes:
  piwigo:
  db:

Note: After you paste the code above in the Web editor, change the value numbers for PUID and PGID with your own values. (Follow my step by step guide on how to do this.)
Note: After you paste the code above in the Web editor, change the value for TZ. (Select your current Time Zone from this list.)
Note: in the code above after – /volume1/docker/piwigo:/config  you have to add your personal path to gallery. For example I have used my personal gallery path folder /volume1/web/gallery:/gallery Change it according to your preferences. – /path/toyour/gallery:/gallery

1 Piwigo Synology NAS Set up

  • STEP 7

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.

2 Piwigo Synology NAS Set up

  • STEP 8

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

3 Piwigo Synology NAS Set up

  • 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:8633 Select your Default gallery language then add the following data:

  1. On the Host field type in: piwigo_db_1
  2. On the User field type in: piwigo
  3. On the Password field type in: piwigo
  4. On the Database field type in: piwigo

Add your own username, password and email then click Start installation. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Piwigo Synology NAS Set up 6 new

Warning: You will get a blank error page.

  • STEP 11

After some seconds open your browser and type in http://Synology-ip-address:8633/admin.php Follow the instructions in the image below.

Piwigo Synology NAS Set up 7 new

  • STEP 12

Start using Piwigo. Create your first album. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Piwigo Synology NAS Set up 9

  • STEP 13

START uploading your photos!

Piwigo Synology NAS Set up 10

Your Piwigo administration page will look like this. I have to admit that Piwigo has a very clean and user friendly interface!

Piwigo Synology NAS Set up 11

  • STEP 14 Run Container via HTTPS

Note: If you want to run Piwigo container over an HTTPS connection, check out my guide on How to Run Docker Containers Over HTTPS.

Piwigo Synology NAS Set up 12

Note: Find out how to update the Piwigo container with the latest image.
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This post was updated on Thursday / September 8th, 2022 at 2:08 PM