Synology: 30 Second Plex Install Using Task Scheduler & Docker

Synology 30 Second Plex Install Using Task Scheduler & Docker

Do you want to install Plex via Docker without a terminal? Are you tired of complicated guides? Do you want something quick and easy? Well today I will teach you how to install Plex on your Synology NAS in less than 30 seconds directly through the Task Scheduler option. It’ll be over in a couple of seconds and it’s essentially child’s play. Plex is a client-server media player system, plus an ancillary software suite. The Plex Media Server desktop application runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux. Plex gives you one place to find and access all the media that matters to you. From personal media on your own server, to podcasts, web shows, and news, to streaming music, you can enjoy it all in one app, on any device.

💡Note: This guide works perfectly with the latest Plex 1.40.2 release.

💡Note: Check out all methods to Install Plex on Your Synology NAS.

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

Plex Synology NAS Set up 1

  • STEP 4

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

Synology User Defined Script

  • 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 Plex. 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=plex \
-e PUID=1026 \
-e PGID=100 \
-e TZ=Europe/Bucharest \
-e VERSION=docker \
-v /volume1/docker/plex:/config \
-v /volume1/web/movies:/movies \
--restart always \
--net=host \

Note: Before you paste the code above in the Run command area below, change the value numbers for PUID and PGID with your own values. (Follow my step by step guide on how to do this.)
Note: Before you paste the code above in the Run command area below, change the value for TZ (Select your current Time Zone from this list).
Note: in the code above after -v /volume1/docker/plex:/config \ you have to add your personal path to movies. For example I have used my personal movies path folder -v /volume1/web/movies Change it according to your preferences. -v /path/toyour/movies

Plex Synology NAS Set up 3 new 2023

  • STEP 6

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

Plex Synology NAS Set up 4

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 7

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

Plex 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:32400/web

7 30 Second Plex Install Using Task Scheduler & Docker Synology NAS

Enjoy your Plex!

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

Note: How to Install Plex With Hardware Transcoding on Your Synology NAS.


If you experience some permissions issues like not being able to see your movies inside your movie folder, follow the STEPS below to fix it.

  • STEP A

Go to Control Panel / Shared Folder / Select the shared folder where your movies are located, then click the Edit tab. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Synology NAS Plex Permissions 1

  • STEP B

After you click the Edit tab at STEP A, click on the Permissions tab. From the dropdown menu choose “Local groups“. Select users then check the Read/Write permission. Click Save. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Synology NAS Plex Permissions 2

Note: Find out how to update Plex container with the latest image.
Note: How to Schedule Start & Stop For Docker Containers.
Note: How to Free Disk Space on Your NAS if You Run Docker.
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.
Note: Find out the Best NAS Models For Docker.
Note: Activate Gmail SMTP For Docker Containers.
Note: Can I run Docker on my Synology NAS? See the supported models.
Note: What are the benefits for using Plex via Docker?

  1. Auto updates.
  2. Version will almost always be more up to date than Synology Package version.
  3. Can easily migrate installation to another server or OS in minutes.
  4. Not impacted by any other software installed or running on the NAS.
  5. Uses less CPU and RAM than the .spk version.

This post was updated on Monday / May 13th, 2024 at 4:58 PM