How to Install Ward on Your Synology NAS

How to Install Ward on Your Synology NAS

Ward is a simple and minimalistic server monitoring tool like Dashdot. Ward supports features such as adaptive design system and dark mode. It shows only principal information and can be used if you want to see a nice looking dashboard instead of looking at a bunch of numbers and graphs. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Ward on your Synology NAS using Docker and Portainer.

💡Note: This guide works perfectly with the latest Ward 2.4.0 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

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 4

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

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

version: '3.9'
services:
  ward:
    container_name: Ward
    image: antonyleons/ward
    healthcheck:
      test: curl -f http://localhost:4000/ || exit 1
    mem_limit: 2g
    cpu_shares: 768
    security_opt:
      - no-new-privileges:true
    ports:
      - 7895:4000
    environment:
     ARD_PORT: 7895
     WARD_THEME: dark
     WARD_NAME: mariushosting
    privileged: true
    restart: on-failure:5

Note: Before you paste the code above in the Web editor area below, change the value for WARD_THEME. Type in dark for Dark mode or light for Light mode.
Note: Before you paste the code above in the Web editor area below, change the value for WARD_NAME. Choose a name for the Navigation bar. mariushosting is an example of a Navigation bar name.

Ward Synology NAS Set up 1 new 2024

  • STEP 5

Scroll down on the page until you see a button called 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.

Ward Synology NAS Set up 2 new 2024

  • STEP 6

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

Ward Synology NAS Set up 3

  • STEP 7

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  • STEP 8

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:7895

Ward Synology NAS Set up 5

Light mode:

Ward Synology NAS Set up 4

Enjoy Ward!

Note: If you want to run the Ward container over HTTPS, check How to Run Docker Containers Over HTTPS. In order to make Ward work over https, it’s also mandatory to set up WebSocket.

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This post was updated on Friday / October 27th, 2023 at 3:49 PM