Synology Install Syncthing with Portainer

Synology Install Syncthing with Portainer

My previous guide for Syncthing involved the use of Task Scheduler. Today I’m offering a recommended and excellent alternative for installing the latest Syncthing version via Portainer. Syncthing replaces proprietary sync and cloud services with something open, trustworthy and decentralized. Your data is your data alone and you deserve to choose where it is stored, if it is shared with some third party and how it’s transmitted over the Internet. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Syncthing on your Synology NAS using Docker & Portainer.

💡Note: This guide works perfectly with the latest Syncthing v1.27.5 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 syncthing. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful to enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

Syncthing Synology NAS Portainer Set up 1

  • STEP 4

Now create three new folders inside the syncthing folder that you have previously created at STEP 3 and name them config, data1, data2. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful to enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

Syncthing Synology NAS Portainer Set up 2

  • STEP 5

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 6

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

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

version: '3.9'
services:
  syncthing:
    image: ghcr.io/linuxserver/syncthing:latest
    container_name: Syncthing
    healthcheck:
     test: curl -f http://localhost:8384/ || exit 1
    restart: on-failure:5
    security_opt:
      - no-new-privileges:true
    environment:
      - PUID=1026
      - PGID=100
      - TZ=Europe/Bucharest
    volumes:
      - /volume1/docker/syncthing/config:/config:rw
      - /volume1/docker/syncthing/data1:/data1:rw
      - /volume1/docker/syncthing/data2:/data2:rw
    ports:
      - 8384:8384
      - 22000:22000/tcp
      - 22000:22000/udp
      - 21027:21027/udp

Note: Before you paste the code above in the Web editor 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 Web editor area below, change the value for TZ. (Select your current Time Zone from this list.)
Note: If you want, you can change the following line /volume1/docker/syncthing/data1 with the path Location of your data folder on your NAS. Also, remember to change :/data1 with the same folder name of your data folder name.
Note: If you want, you can change the following line /volume1/docker/syncthing/data2 with the path Location of another data folder on your NAS. Also, remember to change :/data2 with the same folder name of your data folder name.

Syncthing Synology NAS Portainer Set up 3

  • STEP 7

Scroll down on the page until you see a button called 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.

Syncthing Synology NAS Portainer Set up 4

  • STEP 8

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

Syncthing Synology NAS Portainer Set up 5

  • STEP 9

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  • STEP 10

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:8384 Click No to disallow anonymous usage reporting. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Syncthing Synology NAS Portainer Set up 6

  • STEP 11

Click Settings. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Syncthing Synology NAS Portainer Set up 7

  • STEP 12

Click the GUI tab. Type in your own Username and Password. Select Dark for Dark mode. Click Save. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Syncthing Synology NAS Portainer Set up 8

  • STEP 13

You will be prompted to log in using your Username and Password that you have previously chosen at STEP 12. Click Log In. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Syncthing Synology NAS Portainer Set up 9

  • STEP 14

Click + Add Folder. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Syncthing Synology NAS Portainer Set up 10

  • STEP 15

In the Folder label area, type in your folder name. In the folder ID area, type in your folder name. In the Folder Path area, type in your folder name with a slash / in front. Click Save. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Syncthing Synology NAS Portainer Set up 11

  • STEP 16

At the top right of the page, click Actions then Show ID. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Syncthing Synology NAS Portainer Set up 12

  • STEP 17

Your device identification at a glance!

Syncthing Synology NAS Portainer Set up 13

Enjoy Syncthing!

🆘TROUBLESHOOTING

If you encounter issues by using this container, make sure to check out the Common Docker issues article.

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

Note: Can I run Docker on my Synology NAS? See the supported models.
Note: How to Back Up Docker Containers on your Synology NAS.
Note: Find out how to update the Syncthing 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.
Note: Find out the Best NAS Models For Docker.
Note: Activate Gmail SMTP For Docker Containers.

This post was updated on Sunday / April 7th, 2024 at 9:36 PM