🚀 Deploying Ghost to Synology NAS

Previously I described how to configure Synology NAS to use own domain name. In this post, I’m going to describe how to deploy Ghost in Synology NAS using Docker.

Ghost is a free and open-source blogging platform written in JavaScript and distributed under the MIT License, designed to simplify the process of online publishing for individual bloggers as well as online publications. Docker is a computer program that performs operating-system-level virtualization, also known as “containerization”. It was first released in 2013 and is developed by Docker, Inc. Docker is used to running software packages called “containers”.

All the steps below are performed on Synology DS218+

First of all, we need to install the Docker package on the NAS. It doesn’t require a special configuration, just go to the Package Center, search Docker, and install it. That is it.

Docker Package Docker Package

Then I’d strongly recommend installing MariaDB10 package. Of course, Ghost could use SQLiteas the DB, but I’m going to use MariaDB.

MariaDB 10 Package MariaDB 10 Package

There is a phpMyAdminpackage which helps manage installed MariaDB databases, users, and other stuff related to the database. So, I’d recommend installing that package as well.

I’ve created a new blog database in phpMyAdmin as well as a separate user for the database.

phpMyAdmin phpMyAdmin

After that, we are good to go to deploy Ghost in the Docker.

In the Docker package in the Registry, search and download ghost image


after that, the image will be available in the Images, where the ghost image should be selected and launched, as on the screenshot below

phpMyAdmin phpMyAdmin

Launch Ghost image Launch Ghost image

Below I’ll provide the settings for the container I used

General Settings General Settings

I use Low CPU Priority setting along with 256Mb Memory Limit

Advanced Settings Advanced Settings

Volume Settings Volume Settings

Prior the Volume configuration docker/personal/ghost should be created on the storage,  it will allow the docker container write data to the storage through /var/ghost/content directory, i.e. save changes like a theme, images when the container is restarted.

Port Setting Port Setting

Any unused NAS local port could be used for the Port Settings. The most important part is Environment, see the values I used to make it works.

Environment Settings Environment Settings

After applying these steps Ghost container should be up and running.

Running Docker Running Docker

And available locally e.g. by local IP address To make the blog available outside and have a domain name like (also see Configuring Synology NAS to use own domain name go to the Control Panel, Application Portal, Reverse Proxy and create a configuration for HTTP and HTTPS protocols:

HTTP Configuration HTTP Configuration HTTP Configuration HTTP Configuration

After these manipulations, the blog will be accessible from the Internet.

Hopefully, you will find these instructions useful. Thank you! 🙏


09/07/2020: * domains on all screenshots could be interpreted as * domains due to migration to the .net domain.

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