How to Install Jellyfin on Your Synology NAS with Docker

Last updated on May 9th, 2023 at 04:24 pm

Jellyfin is a free, open-source media server software that allows users to manage and stream their own media collection, including music, videos, and photos, to various devices. It is a fork of the Emby media server, and provides similar functionality and features as other popular media servers like Plex and Kodi. Jellyfin can run on various platforms including Windows, Linux, and macOS, and provides support for a wide range of devices including smart TVs, gaming consoles, and mobile devices.

Code Source: GitHub

Skip to Docker Run Code / Skip to Compose & Portainer Code

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Install Docker

Before we start, please ensure you have Docker installed. This can be installed through the Synology Package Center.

Create the Docker Folders

We now need to create the Jellyfin Docker folder. Head into File Station and open the Docker folder. Select Create, choose Create folder and name it jellyfin. Inside the jellyfin folder we just created, create a folder called cache. (see demonstration)

Create the Scheduled Task

We will now head into Control Panel > Task Scheduler > Create > Scheduled Task and click User-defined script. (see demonstration)

Configure the Scheduled Task

In the window that appears, insert the following:

In the General tab, In the Task field, enter Jellyfin. From the User list, select root. Uncheck the Enabled option.

In the Schedule tab, Select Run on the following date (make sure It’s today’s date). Now select Do not repeat.

In the Task Settings tab, under Notification, You can choose to turn this on, otherwise skip this. Now copy-paste the following code into the Run command area. Now click OK.

docker run -d --name=jellyfin \
-u 1026:100 \
-p 8096:8096 \
-v /volume1/docker/jellyfin:/config \
-v /volume1/docker/jellyfin/cache:/cache \
-v /volume1/data/media/movies:/movies \
-v /volume1/data/media/tv:/tvshows \
--restart always \

Important: Make sure you change the Directory paths to match your own. You will also need to ensure you update the PUID, PGID values.

Accept the warning prompt

When the below warning appears, press OK.

Run the Scheduled Task

You will now see your list of tasks. Select Jellyfin, now press Run. When asked to run, press Yes.

JellyFin is Installed

The installation process has now finished. Give it a few seconds to appear in your Docker list.

Open your browser and enter the link to your new container http://synologyip:8096.

Docker Compose and Portainer

If you would prefer to install with Docker Compose or Portainer, use the following code. You can also view a demonstration here.

version: '3.3'
        container_name: jellyfin
            - '8096:8096'
            - '/volume1/docker/jellyfin:/config'
            - '/volume1/docker/jellyfin/cache:/cache'
            - '/volume1/data/media/movies:/movies'
            - '/volume1/data/media/tv:/tvshows'
        restart: always
        image: jellyfin/jellyfin

See the Guide in Action

The video below will show you the steps in the written guide.

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