Synology: How to Install Dashy on Your Synology NAS

Synology How to Install Dashy on Your Synology NAS

Dashy helps you organize your self-hosted services by making them accessible from a single dashboard. Dashy is an open source, highly customizable, easy to use, privacy-respecting dashboard app like Homarr, Flame and Heimdall. In this step by step guide I will show you hot to install Dashy on your Synology NAS using Docker.

💡Note: This guide works perfectly with the latest Dashy 2.1.1 release.

  • 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

Install Text Editor via Synology “Package Center”. If you already have Text Editor installed on your Synology NAS, skip this STEP.

Synology Install Text Editor 2023

  • STEP 4

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

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  • STEP 5

Now create one new folder inside the dashy folder that you have previously created at STEP 4 and name it icons. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

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  • STEP 6

Download (click on the blue link below) then upload the dashyconf.yml file below in the dashy folder that you have previously created at STEP 4. Follow the instructions in the image below.

👉🏻dashyconf.yml

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  • STEP 7

Download (click on the blue link below) then upload the icons.zip file below in the icons folder that you have previously created at STEP 5. Follow the instructions in the image below.

👉🏻icons.zip

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  • STEP 8

Right click on the icons.zip file. Click Extract then Extract Here. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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  • STEP 9

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

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  • 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 Dashy. 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=Dashy \
-p 7444:80 \
-e UID=1026 \
-e GID=100 \
-e NODE_ENV=production \
-v /volume1/docker/dashy/dashyconf.yml:/app/public/conf.yml \
-v /volume1/docker/dashy/icons:/app/public/item-icons \
--restart=always \
lissy93/dashy:latest

Note: Before you paste the code above in the Run command area below, change the value numbers for UID and GID with your own values. (Follow my step by step guide on how to do this.1026 is my personal UID value and 100 is my personal GID value. You have to type in your own values.

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  • STEP 11

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

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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 Dashy” Task then click the “Run” tab. You will be asked to run Install Dashy – click OK. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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  • 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:7444 Follow the instructions in the image below.

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  • STEP 15

To add icons and apps, modify the dashyconf.yml file in File Station as per your needs/requirements.
Note: To be able to edit the enabled.json file, you will need Text Editor installed on your Synology NAS as per the instructions at STEP 3.
Note: After you edit and save the dashyconf.yml file, it’s mandatory to restart the Dashy container to apply the changes.

Dashy Synology NAS Set up 10 new 2023

Note: If you want to run the Dashy 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 Dashy container with the latest image.
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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.
Note: Find out the Best NAS Models For Docker.
Note: Activate Gmail SMTP For Docker Containers.

This post was updated on Thursday / May 11th, 2023 at 11:03 AM