Install Unifi Network Controller on Synology

In this blog I will show how to setup Unifi Network Controller as a container in Docker on a Synology Nas. To perform this setup you need to install Docker on your NAS. Not all Synology Diskstations support Docker check here which models support Docker.

Updated 28-12: Updated screenshot step 10, port 10001 was missing in the screenshot.

1. Login at your Synology Diskstation and start “Docker”. Select “Registry” and enter “unifi” in the searchbox and press “Search”. In the results rightclick “jacobalberty / unifi” and select “Download this image”


2. Select in the popup the Tag “latest” and press “select”


3. Select “Image” on the left and wait for the image to be downloaded. When the disk image on the right stops blinking and become blue the image has downloaded.


4. Select the “image” you just downloaded and press the “Launch” button.


5. Enter a name for the Container (eg Unifi), check the box resource limitation and press the button “Advanced Settings”.


6. On the “Advanced Settings” Tab select “Enable auto-restart” so the container will automatically start when the Synology Diskstation is started (for example after a reboot).


7. Select the “Volume” tab and press the button “Add Folder” to add a volume for the docker container to save data.


8. Create a folder “unifi” in the docker folder. This folder will be used to store the configuration of the Unifi Controller. AFter creating select the folder and press “Select”


9. In “Mount path” enter the value “/unifi” to mount the folder in the docker container with the name “unifi”


10. In the tab “Port Settings” copy the “Container Port” values to the “Local Port” values. (You can also select “Use the same network as Docker Host” in the “Network” tab, but this way port numbers which are in use can be changed)


11. Finally in the “Environment” tab change the values for “BIND_PRIV” (enable binding to ports less than 1024) and “RUNAS_UID0” (run as root user) to “false” and press “Apply”.


12. On the “General Settings” page press “Next” to continue.


13. On the “Summary” page check the box “Run this container after the wizard is finished” and press “Apply”.


14. Select “Container” on the left it will take a few minutes to start. (On my DS918+ it takes about 2 minutes)

15. Now we need to open the ports on the firewall. In DSM go to “Control Panel” -> “Security” -> “Firewall”. Select your active firewall profile and press “Edit Rules”


16. In “Edit Profile” windows select “Create”. In the Create Firewall Rules window select “Custom and press the button “Custom”.


17. Add the following TCP ports: “8080,8443,8843,8880,6789” and press two times “OK” to close.


18. In “Edit Profile” windows select “Create”. In the Create Firewall Rules window select “Custom and press the button “Custom”.


19. Now add the UDP ports. Select “UDP” and enter the ports “3478,10001” and press 3 times  “OK”


20. You should see the following popup “Firewall settings have been saved successfully” press “OK” to continue. The Unifi Controller should now be accessible if not you may want to reboot your Synology NAS.


21. Open a browser and enter “https://<SYNOLOGY_IP>:8443 to follow the steps to configure your Controller or restore a backup of an existing configuration.


For more info about the configuration go to the docker page

4 thoughts on “Install Unifi Network Controller on Synology

  1. Kevin Hovoet

    I don’t know about you, but I had to add port UDP/10001 also in the port settings in docker or the server couldn’t discover any new Ubiquity device.


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