How to Install Zusam on Your Synology NAS

How to Install Zusam on Your Synology NAS

Zusam (/tsuˈzam/) is a free and open-source way to self-host private forums for groups of friends. Composed of a server written in PHP exposing a REST API and a lightweight webapp, Zusam is extensible and easy to install. The goal is to make a stable, extensible, lightweight and user-friendly way to self-host private social groups. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Zusam on your Synology NAS using Docker.

Note: This guide works perfectly with the latest Zusam 0.5.3 release.

  • STEP 1

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  • STEP 2

Install Docker via Synology “Package Center”.

Install Docker Synology DSM 7

  • STEP 3

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

Zusam 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.

Zusam Synology NAS Set up 2

  • 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 Zusam. 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=zusam \
-p 5560:8080 \
-v /volume1/docker/zusam:/zusam/data \
-e INIT_USER=marius \
-e INIT_PASSWORD=mariushosting \
--restart always \
zusam/zusam:0.5.1

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

Zusam Synology NAS Set up 3

  • STEP 6

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

Zusam Synology NAS Set up 4

  • STEP 7

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

Zusam Synology NAS Set up 5

  • 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:5560 Type in your own Username and Password that you have previously created at STEP 5. Click Connection. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Zusam Synology NAS Set up 6

  • STEP 10

Click the little pencil icon in the bottom right to add new post. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Zusam Synology NAS Set up 7

  • STEP 11

Write something. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Zusam Synology NAS Set up 8

  • STEP 12

Scroll down the page. You can add your own picture, your own video and your own PDF file. Click Submit. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Zusam Synology NAS Set up 9

  • STEP 13

Your post is published!

Zusam Synology NAS Set up 10

  • STEP 14

You can reply to your own post or other users can do this. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Zusam Synology NAS Set up 11

  • STEP 15

Clicking on the icon in the upper left corner will give you access to the settings page where you can change the default icon and your credentials. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Zusam Synology NAS Set up 12

Enjoy Zusam!

Note: If you want to run the Zusam container over HTTPS, check my guide on How to Run Docker Containers Over HTTPS.

Note: Can I run Docker on my Synology NAS? See the supported models.
Note: Find out how to update the Zusam container with the latest image.
Note: How to Free Disk Space on Your NAS if You Run Docker.
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.

This post was updated on Thursday / December 8th, 2022 at 1:09 PM