How to Install Strapi on Your Synology NAS

How to Install Strapi on Your Synology NAS

Strapi is an open-source, Node. js based, Headless CMS that saves developers a lot of development time while giving them the freedom to use their favorite tools and frameworks. Strapi also enables content editors to streamline content delivery (text, images, video, etc) across any devices. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Strapi on your Synology NAS using Docker & Portainer.

💡Note: This guide works perfectly with the latest Strapi v4.24.3 release.

  • STEP 1

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  • STEP 2

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 3

Make sure you have a synology.me Wildcard Certificate. Follow my guide to get a Wildcard Certificate. If you already have a synology.me Wildcard certificate, skip this STEP.

  • STEP 4

Go to Control Panel / Login Portal / Advanced Tab / click Reverse Proxy. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Strapi Synology NAS Set up 1

  • STEP 5

Now click the “Create” button. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Strapi Synology NAS Set up 2

  • STEP 6

After you click the Create button, the window below will open. Follow the instructions in the image below.

On the General area, set the Reverse Proxy Name description: type in Strapi. After that, add the following instructions:

Source:
Protocol: HTTPS
Hostname: strapi.yourname.synology.me
Port: 443

Check Enable HSTS

Destination:
Protocol: HTTP
Hostname: localhost
Port: 1337

Strapi Synology NAS Set up 3

  • STEP 7

On the Reverse Proxy Rules click the Custom Header tab. Click Create and then, from the drop-down menu, click WebSocket. After you click on WebSocket, two Header Names and two Values will be automatically added. Click Save. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Synology Proxy WebSocket

  • STEP 8

Go to Control Panel / Network / Connectivity tab/ Check Enable HTTP/2 then click Apply. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Strapi Synology NAS Set up 4

  • STEP 9

Go to Control Panel / Security / Advanced tab/ Check Enable HTTP Compression then click Apply. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Strapi Synology NAS Set up 5

  • STEP 10

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

Strapi Synology NAS Set up 6

  • STEP 11

Now create two new folders inside the strapi folder that you created at STEP 10 and name them data and db. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

Strapi Synology NAS Set up 7

  • STEP 12

Download (click on the blue link below) and upload the my.cnf file below in the db folder that you have previously created at STEP 11. Follow the instructions in the image below. 🔒Note: Support my work to unlock the password. You can use this password to download any file on mariushosting forever!

👉🏻Download my.cnf

Strapi Synology NAS database configuration

  • STEP 13

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 14

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

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

version: "3.9"
services:
  db:
    image: mariadb:11.3-jammy
    deploy:
      resources:
        limits:
          memory: 512M
    restart: always
    container_name: Strapi-DB
    hostname: strapi-db
    security_opt:
      - no-new-privileges:true
    environment:
      - TZ=Europe/Bucharest
      - MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=rootpass
      - MYSQL_DATABASE=strapi
      - MYSQL_USER=strapiuser
      - MYSQL_PASSWORD=strapipass
    volumes:
      - /volume1/docker/strapi/db:/var/lib/mysql:rw
      - /volume1/docker/strapi/db:/etc/mysql/conf.d:rw

  strapi:
    image: naskio/strapi:4.14.4
    deploy:
      resources:
        limits:
          memory: 1G
    restart: always
    container_name: Strapi
    hostname: strapi
    security_opt:
      - no-new-privileges:true
    healthcheck:
      test: wget --no-verbose --tries=1 --spider http://localhost:1337/ || exit 1
    environment:
      DATABASE_CLIENT: mysql
      DATABASE_HOST: db
      DATABASE_PORT: 3306
      DATABASE_NAME: strapi
      DATABASE_USERNAME: strapiuser
      DATABASE_PASSWORD: strapipass
      DATABASE_SSL: false
      NODE_ENV: production
      JWT_SECRET: MariushostingMariushostingMari13
      #STRAPI_LICENSE: LicenseKey
    volumes:
      - /volume1/docker/strapi/data:/srv/app
    ports:
      - 1337:1337
    depends_on:
      db:
        condition: service_started

Note: Before you paste the code above in the Web editor area below, change the value for TZ. (Select your current Time Zone from this list.)
Note: Before you paste the code above in the Web editor area below, change the value for JWT_SECRET and add your own JWT_SECRET. MariushostingMariushostingMari13 is an example for a JWT_SECRET. You should invent your own Value. Add 32 random characters, both letters and numbers.
Note: If you want, you can also add your own Strapi License Key by removing the # in the code above. If you don’t have a Strapi License Key, then leave the code as it is with the #.

Strapi-Synology-NAS-Set-up-8-new2-2026

  • STEP 15

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.

Strapi Synology NAS Set up 8 new3 2024

  • STEP 16

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

Strapi Synology NAS Set up 10

  • STEP 17

Your Strapi instance will be orange with the Unhealthy State. The State will turn Healthy in approximately 5-10 minutes which is how long the Strapi installations takes. Refresh the browser page from time to time until you see the State turn green.

  • STEP 18

Once Strapi turns Healthy, you can proceed with this STEP. On the left sidebar in Portainer, click Containers. Identify your Strapi instance, then click on the little terminal icon. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Strapi Synology NAS Set up 11

  • STEP 19

After you click on the little terminal icon at STEP 18, a new page will open. Click Connect. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Strapi Synology NAS Set up 12

  • STEP 20

After you click Connect at STEP 19, a Console will open. Copy paste the code below and confirm by pressing Enter on your keyboard to start the installation process. Follow the instructions in the image below.

npm run build

Strapi Synology NAS Set up 13

  • STEP 21

Wait until the installation wizard is finished. After the installation is finished, you will see a message that says: “Admin UI built successfully“. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Strapi Synology NAS Set up 10 new2 2024

  • STEP 22

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

  • STEP 23

On the left sidebar in Portainer, click Containers. Identify your Strapi instance, select it then click Restart. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Strapi Synology NAS Set up 15

  • STEP 24

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

  • STEP 25

Now open your browser and type in your HTTPS/SSL certificate like this https://strapi.yourname.synology.me/admin that you have previously created at STEP 6. In my case it’s https://strapi.mariushosting.synology.me/admin If everything goes right, you will see the Strapi administrator creation page. Type in your First name and Last name, your Email address and your own Password. Confirm your Password then click Let’s start. Follow the instructions in the image below. Note: If you forget to add /admin after your synology.me DDNS you will not be able to create the administrator user.

Strapi Synology NAS Set up 16

  • STEP 26

Your Strapi Dashboard at a glance!

Strapi Synology NAS Set up 11 new2 2024

On the Left sidebar, if you click Settings then Users, you can see that you are the Super Admin.

Strapi Synology NAS Set up 18

Enjoy Strapi!

🆘TROUBLESHOOTING

If you encounter issues by using this container, make sure to check out the Common Docker issues article.

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This post was updated on Saturday / May 25th, 2024 at 3:50 PM