Painlessly Install Docker on a Synology NAS

How to Install Docker on a Synology NAS


Docker is a fantastic resource that allows you to run containerized applications on your Synology Network Attached Storage (NAS) device. It effortlessly extends the capabilities of your already powerful Synology NAS. This article will walk you through how to install Docker on a Synology NAS using the Synology Package Center within Disk Station Manager.

Install Docker on a Synology NAS from the Synology Package Center

Synology Diskstation Desktop

Next to install Docker on a Synology NAS using Docker, it should be noted that Docker is only compatible with certain models of Synology NAS devices. A list of compatible Synology NAS models can be found at the bottom of this article.

From the DiskStation screen, click on the Synology Package Center icon.

Synology Package Center

To install Docker on a Synology, we need to enable access to Synology Beta Packages. Once the Package Center Opens, click on the “settings” button. From here you will see at tab at the top that says “Beta”. Click it and then click the checkbox for “Yes, I want to see beta versions!” to enable access to Synology Package Center applications that are in beta. Then click “ok”.

Synology Package Center Beta Packages

Once you are back at the main Package Center screen, you will see a search bar at the top of the application. Type in “Docker” as seen below.

Docker on Synology Disk Station

Click the install button to install Docker on your system.

That’s it!

Now that you have successfully installed Docker on a Synology NAS, you can access it by using this icon within DiskStation Manager:

Synology Docker Icon

You can use Docker to install plenty of useful applications on your Synology NAS. I suggest you read How to Install Plex to turn your Synology NAS into a robust media server!

Compatible Models

This list of models was taken from the Synology website at the time of writing. You can view the most up to date list of compatible models that will allow you to install Docker on your Synology NAS at this link.

  • FS series: FS6400, FS3600, FS3400, FS3017, FS2017, FS1018
  • SA series: SA3600, SA3400, SA3200D
  • 21 series: RS4021xs+, RS3621xs+, RS3621RPxs, RS2821RP+, RS2421RP+, RS2421+, RS1221RP+, RS1221+, DS1821+, DS1621xs+, DS1621+, DVA3221
  • 20 series: RS820RP+, RS820+, DS1520+, DS920+, DS720+, DS620slim, DS420+, DS220+
  • 19 series: RS1619xs+, RS1219+, DS2419+II, DS2419+, DS1819+, DS1019+, DVA3219
  • 18 series: RS3618xs, RS2818RP+, RS2418RP+, RS2418+, RS818RP+, RS818+, DS3018xs, DS1618+, DS918+, DS718+, DS218+
  • 17 series: RS18017xs+, RS4017xs+, RS3617xs+, RS3617RPxs, RS3617xs, DS3617xsII, DS3617xs, DS1817+, DS1517+
  • 16 series: RS18016xs+, RS2416RP+, RS2416+, DS916+, DS716+II, DS716+, DS216+II, DS216+
  • 15 series: RS815RP+, RS815+, RC18015xs+, DS3615xs, DS2415+, DS1815+, DS1515+, DS415+
  • 14 series: RS3614xs+, RS3614RPxs, RS3614xs, RS2414RP+, RS2414+, RS814RP+, RS814+
  • 13 series: RS10613xs+, RS3413xs+, DS2413+, DS1813+, DS1513+, DS713+