How to Install Whoogle on Your Synology NAS

How to Install Whoogle on Your Synology NAS

Get Google search results, but without any ads, javascript, AMP links, cookies, or IP address tracking. Quick and simple to implement as a primary search engine replacement on both desktop and mobile. This is Whoogle! In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Whoogle on your Synology NAS using Docker.

Whoogle Features Better than Google itself

  1. No ads or sponsored content.
  2. No javascript.
  3. No cookies.
  4. No tracking/linking of your personal IP address.
  5. No AMP links.
  6. No URL tracking tags (i.e. utm=%s).
  7. No referrer header.
  8. POST request search queries (when possible).
  9. View images at full res without site redirect (currently mobile only).
  10. Dark mode option.
  11. Randomly generated User Agent.
  12. Easy to install/deploy.
  13. Optional location-based searching (i.e. results near <city>).
  14. Optional NoJS mode to disable all Javascript in results.
  • STEP 1

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  • STEP 2

Install Docker via Synology “Package Center”.

1 install docker synology dsm

  • STEP 3

Open Docker Package. From the Docker Console, go to Registry and search whoogle. Look for benbusby/whoogle-search and select it, then click Download or double click on it. You will be prompted to Choose Tag, select latest. Follow the instructions in the image below.

1 Whoogle Synology Docker

  • STEP 4

After you click “Select”, the download process of the Whoogle docker container will start. You can click on Image on the Docker Console to see the download progress. The current container is about 435 MB. Follow the instructions in the image below.

2 Whoogle Synology Docker

  • STEP 5

After the download is completed from the Docker Console, go to Image, then select the benbusby/whoogle-search container. Click Launch. Check “Execute container using high privilege”, then click Advanced Settings. Follow the instructions in the image below.

3 Whoogle Synology Docker

  • STEP 6

Select Enable auto-restart. Follow the instructions in the image below.

4 Whoogle Synology Docker

  • STEP 7

Next tab – “Volume“ move forward without doing anything (no action needed). Next tab – “Network“ move forward without doing anything (no action needed). Next tab – “Port Settings“ on Local Port area type 5005 instead of Auto, then click “Apply“. Follow the instructions in the image below.

5 Whoogle Synology Docker

  • STEP 8

After clicking “Apply“, the screen below will open. Click “Next“. Follow the instructions in the image below.

6 Whoogle Synology Docker

  • STEP 9

After clicking “Next“, the screen below will open. Select “Run this container after the wizard is finished” then click “Apply“. Follow the instructions in the image below.

7 Whoogle Synology Docker

  • STEP 10

Your container will look like this:

Whoogle docker container on Synology NAS

  • STEP 11

Go back to STEP 1 or you will deal with karma 🙂. Now open your browser and type in http://Synology-ip-address:5005/ Follow the instructions in the image below.

8 Whoogle Synology Docker

  • STEP 12

You can search anything on your google-whoogle as you used to, but with privacy and without ADS.

9 Whoogle Synology Docker

  • STEP 13

If you click on Configuration you can make some changes to your search preferences and you can also use Dark Mode.

10 Whoogle Synology Docker

  • STEP 14

Dark Mode on:

11 Whoogle Synology Docker12-Whoogle-Synology-Docker

How can I set Whoogle as my primary Search Engine on Chrome browser?

  • STEP 1

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  • STEP 2

Click on the 3 vertical bullets in the upper right on your Chrome Browser then click Settings. Follow the instructions in the image below:

chrome settings

  • STEP 3

Once the Chrome browser Settings are open, click on the left on “Search engine” then “Manage search engines“. Follow the instructions in the image below.

13 Whoogle Chrome Synology Docker

  • STEP 4

On default search engines, click “Add“. Follow the instructions in the image below.

14 Whoogle Chrome Synology Docker

  • STEP 5

A new window will open. On the Search engine area type NAS, on the Keyword area type whoogle, and on the URL area type http://Synology-ip-address:5005/search?q=%s
then click Add. Follow the instructions in the image below.

15 Whoogle Chrome Synology Docker

  • STEP 6

Once you have added the new Search Engine, you will find it under the “Other search engines area”. Click on the 3 vertical bullets then click “Make Default“.

16 Whoogle Chrome Synology Docker

Now you have a powerful self-hosted search browser on your Synology NAS. Enjoy it!
Note: Find out how to update Whoogle container with the latest image.
Note: Can I run Docker on my Synology NAS? See the supported models.
Note: I recommend you use Reverse Proxy to allow Whoogle to work over an HTTPS connection.

This post was updated on Monday / July 20th, 2020 at 1:32 AM