Packages are the applications that make your Synology NAS more than just a glorified network drive. Let's see how to install packages, remove them and even how to add repositories to access even more features.
There are two ways to add packages to your Synology NAS. You can search for applicationsns in the package manager repository directory (which by default only contains the official Synology repository but can be extended with third-party repositories) or you can manually upload a package file to your Synology NAS. For those of you who are familiar with the Android operating system, this is exactly like searching for an app in the Play Store or uploading an APK to manually install the app, respectively.
How to install packages from the package manager
Using the package manager with the default repository is the easiest and the safest approach to installing new packages as a repository is directly supervised by Synology. This is where you will find all the default packages (if you need to reinstall them), additional Synology packages which are not installed by default and a multitude ofthird-party applications like Plex Media Server, WordPress, etc.
To access the package manager, titled "Package Center in the Synology DiskStation Manager operating system, simply log into your NAS web interface and click on the Packager Center icon on your desktop or (by clicking on the menu in the upper left corner of the taskbar) in the applications menu.
Within the Package Center, you can use the "Explorer "on the left side to explore categories like " Recommend ", " All "and subsections like " Backup "and " Security ". You will see the available packages listed on the right side. The buttons are labeled "Open if already installed," Try (for the premium / rare subion package that you can try before purchasing) and "Install for packages that are available but not installed.
You can always click " Install "in this view if you are sure it is the application you want, but you can also click on the application icon for a more detailed app-store style view with additional information on the application package.
Whether you install from the general view or the detailed view, the application will be automatically installed with a shortcut added to your main application menu. If you want to add a shortcut to the desktop or reorganize and organize your applications, see our guide here .
How to add third-party repositories to Package Manager
If you find that you need a package that is not in the default Synology repository but hosted by another repository, you can add this repository to the package manager to make the Installing new packages is as simple as that provided by Synology.
To do this, first enter the repository address. For demonstration purposes, we use the popular SynoCommunity repository - the repository address is: http://packages.synocommunity.com/. Open the Package Center and click on the button "Parameters " in the upper central part of the pane.
In the "General " tab in the Settings menu in the "Confidence level, select" Synology Inc. and trusted publishers.
Then select the " Package sources "tab and click on the "Add ".
Give your namebe repository and paste the URL in the "Location " box. Click on "OK ".
You will be warned that by adding the repository the Publisher's certificate for this repository will be trusted by your server. Click "OK to confirm. The new repository will now be listed in the sources of your package, as follows:
to access the new packages , you can either use the search function in the Package Center, or browse through the directory by scrolling to the bottom of the left navigation panel and selecting "Community. All third-party repository packages will appear there, as seen below.
The installation process is exactly the same as for a default package of the repository of packages: you can click on the "Install " button in the general view or click on the application package icon for a detailed view and select "Install " there.
How to manually install Synology packages
There are several reasons why you may want tomanually install a Synology package. You may want to try a beta or limited package, or for some reason the hiccup package manager and you want to work around it and manually install the file.
In general, we encourage you (unless you have a very pressing reason and are willing to risk installing packages from unverified sources) to avoid installing manually packages outside Synology or trusted third-party repositories. For demonstration purposes, we download a package file directory from Synology to demonstrate the manual installation process. (If you need to download a package directly from Synology, you can do it by by visiting this address , by selecting the model number of your NAS, and then selecting the file you want.) The files are grouped in [pack name] .spk format.
With your SPK file in hand, open the Packager Center and click on the "Manual installation " button.
Click on "Browse and, using the file browser, select the SPK file. Click on "Next ".
You will be asked to confirm the installation with a summary of the package with the option (checked by default) to run the package after installation. Click "Apply to continue.
As with the previous methods, your installed package will be available via the menu button and will be listed under "Installed in the Package Center.
How to remove packages from your Synology NAS
We have done a lot of installation until Now it's time to take a quick look at how to uninstall the packages from your Synology NAS. It's very simple. Just open the Package Center, select any application from the list of installed packages to access the detailed view, and search fora drop-down menu under the application icon titled "Action. Click the drop-down menu and select "Uninstall to remove the package.
You can reinstall the package at any time by repeating the installation process based on the repository or manual.