Synology: Install Homebridge With Portainer

Synology Install Homebridge With Portainer

My previous guide for Homebridge involved the use of Task Scheduler and the .spk package. Today I’m offering a recommended and excellent alternative for installing the latest Homebridge version via Portainer. Homebridge is a lightweight NodeJS server you can run on your home network that emulates the iOS HomeKit API. Homebridge allows you to integrate with smart home devices that do not support the HomeKit protocol. After installing Homebridge, it remains running and connected to your network, ready to service requests from Siri. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Homebridge on your Synology NAS using Docker & Portainer.

💡Note: This guide works perfectly with the latest Homebridge v1.7.0 release.

  • STEP 1

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  • STEP 2

Install Portainer using my step by step guide. If you already have Portainer installed on your Synology NAS, skip this STEP. Attention: Make sure you have installed the latest Portainer version.

  • STEP 3

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

Homebridge Synology NAS Set up 1 Portainer

  • STEP 4

Log into Portainer using your username and password. On the left sidebar in Portainer, click on Stacks then + Add stack. Follow the instructions in the image below.

1 Synology Portainer Add Stack

  • STEP 5

In the Name field type in homebridge. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Note: Copy Paste the code below in the Portainer Stacks Web editor.

version: '3.9'
services:
  homebridge:
    image: homebridge/homebridge
    container_name: Homebridge
    healthcheck:
     test: curl -f http://localhost:8581/ || exit 1
    mem_limit: 8g
    cpu_shares: 768
    security_opt:
      - no-new-privileges:true
    restart: on-failure:5
    volumes:
      - /volume1/docker/homebridge:/homebridge:rw
    environment:
      - DSM_HOSTNAME=MariusHosting
      - PACKAGES=ffmpeg
    network_mode: host

Note: Before you paste the code above in the Web editor area below, change the DSM_HOSTNAME value with the name of your NAS. To find your NAS name go Control Panel / Network / General tab / Server name.

Homebridge Synology NAS Set up 2 Portainer

Homebridge Synology NAS Set up 3 Portainer

  • STEP 6

Scroll down on the page until you see a button named Deploy the stack. Click on it. Follow the instructions in the image below. The installation process can take up to a few minutes. It will depend on your Internet speed connection.

Homebridge Synology NAS Set up 4 Portainer

  • STEP 7

If everything goes right, you will see the following message at the top right of your screen: “Success Stack successfully deployed“.

Homebridge Synology NAS Set up 5 Portainer

  • 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:8581 Click GET STARTED. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Homebridge Synology NAS Set up 6 Portainer

  • STEP 10

Type in your own credentials (Username and Password) then click CREATE ACCOUNT. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Homebridge Synology NAS Set up 7 Portainer

  • STEP 11

Click OPEN DASHBOARD. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Homebridge Synology NAS Set up 7A Portainer

  • STEP 12

Your Homebridge dashboard at a glance! Enjoy HomeBridge and start adding Plugins.

Homebridge Synology NAS Set up 8 Portainer

  • STEP 13

If you want to add Ffmpeg, click PLUGINS then search for Ffmpeg. Click INSTALL Homebridge Camera Ffmpeg. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Homebridge Synology NAS Set up 9 Portainer

Enjoy Homebridge!

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

Note: Can I run Docker on my Synology NAS? See the supported models.
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Note: Convert Docker Run Into Docker Compose.
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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 / November 9th, 2023 at 10:00 AM