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.

💡Note: This guide works perfectly with the latest Whoogle v0.8.4 release.

📝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 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 whoogle. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful to enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

Whoogle Synology NAS Set up 1 2024

  • STEP 4

Right click on the whoogle folder that you have previously created at STEP 3 then click Properties. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Whoogle Synology NAS Set up 2 2024

  • STEP 5

Go to the Permission tab then click Advanced options. From the drop-down menu choose “Make inherited permissions explicit“. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Whoogle Synology NAS Set up 3 2024

  • STEP 6

Select Everyone then click the Edit tab. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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  • STEP 7

Check all Read and Write Permissions. Click Done. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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  • STEP 8

After you click Done on STEP 7, check “Apply to this folder, sub-folders and files“. Click Save. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Whoogle Synology NAS Set up 6 2024

  • STEP 9

Go to Control Panel / Task Scheduler / Create / Scheduled Task / User-defined script. Follow the instructions in the images below.

Synology User Defined Script

  • STEP 10

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 Whoogle. Uncheck “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=whoogle \
-p 5105:5000 \
-v /volume1/docker/whoogle:/config \
-e WHOOGLE_USER=marius \
-e WHOOGLE_PASS=mariushosting \
--security-opt=no-new-privileges \
--restart always \
benbusby/whoogle-search

Note: Before you paste the code above in the Run command area, change the value for WHOOGLE_USER and add your own username. marius is an example for a username. You have to insert your own username.
Note: Before you paste the code above in the Run command area, change the value for WHOOGLE_PASS and add your own password. mariushosting is an example for a password. You have to insert your own password.

Whoogle Synology NAS Set up 7 2024

  • STEP 11

After you click OK on STEP 10 a new warning pop up window will open. Click OK.

Whoogle Synology NAS Set up 8 2024

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 12

After you click Submit on STEP 11, select your “Install Whoogle” Task then click the “Run” tab. You will be asked to run Install Whoogle – click OK. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Whoogle Synology NAS Set up 9 2024

  • STEP 13

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

  • STEP 14

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:5105 and then type in your own Username and Password that you have previously added at STEP 10. Click Sign in. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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  • STEP 15

You can search for anything on your Whoogle as you used to on Google, but with privacy and without ADS. If you click on +Configuration you can make some changes to your search preferences, and you can also use Dark Mode.

Whoogle Synology NAS Set up 6 new

Set Whoogle As 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:5105/search?q
then click Add. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Whoogle Synology NAS Set up 9 new

  • STEP 6

Once you have added the new Search Engine, you will find it under the “Inactive shortcuts”. Click Activate. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Whoogle Synology NAS Set up 10 new

  • STEP 7

After you click Activate at STEP 6, click on the 3 vertical bullets then click “Make Default“. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Whoogle Synology NAS Set up 11 new

Now you have a powerful self-hosted search browser on your Synology NAS.

Enjoy Whoogle!

Note: If you want to run the Whoogle container over HTTPS, check How to Run Docker Containers Over HTTPS. In order to make Whoogle work via HTTPS, it’s mandatory to activate WebSocket.

Note: Find out how to update the Whoogle container with the latest image.
Note: Can I run Docker on my Synology NAS? See the supported models.
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This post was updated on Monday / November 6th, 2023 at 11:57 PM