How to Install SearXNG on Your Synology NAS

How to Install SearXNG on Your Synology NAS

SearXNG is a free Internet metasearch engine which aggregates results from more than 70 search services. Users are neither tracked, nor profiled. It’s similar to SearX and Whoogle. SearXNG development has been started in the middle of 2021 as a fork of the SearX project. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install SearXNG on your Synology NAS using Docker.

💡Note: Check out my new guide on how to Install SearXNG Using Portainer.

  • STEP 1

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  • STEP 2

Install Container Manager via Synology “Package Center”. If you run an older DSM version (under 7.2), search for Docker instead of Container Manager.

Download Container Manager Synology Docker

  • STEP 3

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

SearXNG 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.

Synology User Defined Script

  • 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 SearXNG. 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=searxng \
-p 5147:8080 \
-v /volume1/docker/searxng:/etc/searxng \
--restart always \
searxng/searxng

SearXNG Synology NAS Set up 3 new 2023

  • STEP 6

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

SearXNG Synology NAS Set up 4

After you click OK, type in your DSM Password then click Submit. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Synology Task Scheduler Confirm Admin Password

  • STEP 7

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

SearXNG Synology NAS Set up 5 new 2024

  • 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:5147 Click on Preferences at the top right of the page to personalize your settings. Follow the instructions in the image below.

SearXNG Synology NAS Set up 6 new 2024

  • STEP 10

After you add your favorite settings, click Save. Follow the instructions in the image below.

SearXNG Synology NAS Set up 7 new 2024

  • STEP 11

Start to search something. Follow the instructions in the image below.

SearXNG Synology NAS Set up 8 new 2024

Enjoy SearXNG!

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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 SearXNG container over HTTPS, check How to Run Docker Containers Over HTTPS. In order to make SearXNG work via HTTPS, it’s mandatory to activate WebSocket.

Note: Can I run Docker on my Synology NAS? See the supported models.
Note: Find out how to update SearXNG container with the latest image.
Note: How to Free Disk Space on Your NAS if You Run Docker.
Note: SearXNG alternatives include Whoogle and SearX.
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: How to Clean Docker Automatically.
Note: Best Practices When Using Docker and DDNS.
Note: Some Docker Containers Need WebSocket.
Note: Find out the Best NAS Models For Docker.
Note: Activate Gmail SMTP For Docker Containers.

This post was updated on Monday / February 12th, 2024 at 12:03 AM