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Sonarr in Docker on a Synology NAS

Added Docker Compose details
Added new folder mappings to ensure atomic moves and Hard-linking
Guide re-written and updated with DSM7 screenshots 01/08/2021
Updated wording in some sections and updated the Docker Compose16/12/2021
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What is Sonarr?

Sonarr is used to search, download and organise your TV shows in conjunction with your preferred Usenet or Torrent downloaders and indexers.

Let’s Begin

In this guide I will take you through the steps to get Sonarr up and running in Docker.

In order for you to successfully use this guide please complete the three preceding guides

Downloading the Sonarr Image

Open up Docker within DSM and navigate to the ‘Registry’ tab and search for ‘Sonarr’.

In the list of available containers select the one made by Linuxserver as shown below, right click on it and select ‘Download’ or click the button at the top of the window.

When the dialogue pops up asking you to choose a version, make sure you choose ‘Latest’ from the list.

You can check the status of the download over on the ‘Image’ tab.

Setting up the container

In Docker click on the ‘Image’ tab, in the list of your containers select the ‘Linuxserver Sonarr’ image and click on ‘Launch’

You will be greeted with the Network screen, we will be using the ‘synobridge’ network we created earlier select it from the list and click Next.

General Settings

Next you will be greeted with the General Settings screen, this is where you can start specifying some of your preferences.

You can change the name of the container to anything you like, and you may want to enable Auto Restart as this will ensure Sonarr starts automatically if you reboot your NAS.

You will also notice a Configure capabilities button — don’t change anything in here!

Next up we are going to click on the ‘Advanced Settings’ button, this will take you to a new window with a number of tabs which we are going to work through.

Environment (PGID,  PUID and Timezone)

Next we are going to set up a couple of environment variables that docker will use to allow the container access to our files and folders and also to tell it where we live in the world.

Click the Add button, and fill in the following details as per the table/screenshot, you will need to do one at a time.

PUIDThe UID you obtained in the user setup guide
PGIDThe GID you obtained in the user setup guide
TZYour timezone

Links / Execution Command

You do not need to set up anything on these tabs.

Press ‘Save’ to go back to the initial setup screen, then press ‘Next’

Port Settings

We won’t be changing any of the ports the container uses. You can repeat the ones shown on the right side of the settings page ‘Container Port’ onto the left side ‘Local Port’ once you have done this press ‘Next’.

Volume Settings

We will now be specifying the directories where Sonarr will store its configuration files and where to find our media and downloads.

Click on ‘Add Folder’ select the ‘docker’ folder and create a new sub-folder called ‘sonarr’ select this folder and click ‘select’

Repeat this process to add the /data folder.

You will now add the below settings into the ‘Mount path’ section

File/FolderMount path

Click Next to move to the final screen.


You have now completed the setup of the container.

You will be shown an overall summary of the settings we have specified, this is a good time to double-check everything is correct. Finally, click on Done and the container should start to boot.

You should now be able to access Sonarr via the IP of your NAS followed by the port 8989


Make sure you check out page 2 of this guide that covers some common basic settings.

Docker Compose

You can use the below code saved as sonarr.yml in the ‘/docker/sonarr’ share, this will do the entire process above in one quick command via SSH. Ensure you change the variables to your own.

version: "3.8"
    image: linuxserver/sonarr:latest
    container_name: sonarr
      - TZ=Europe/London
      - /volume1/docker/sonarr:/config
      - /volume1/data:/data
      - 8989:8989
    network_mode: synobridge
    restart: unless-stopped
sudo docker-compose -f /volume1/docker/sonarr/sonarr.yml up -d

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  1. E E

    There is no “data” folder, so are you supposed to create it? also for PUID and PGID what user setup guide are you referring to? didn’t see one in your list.

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein


      They are in the very start at the top of the guide 🙂 you can also see them in the menu under ‘initial setup guides’

  2. Your guides have really helped me going from DSM6 to DSM7. 🙂
    I only have a 2 bay NAS so I used to have one HDD for tv shows and one for movies, but now sonarr isn’t able to move the files from Drive 1 where SAB downloads files over to drive 2 that only contains tv-shows. Any tips on how to make it work?

    Right now I have just made a new series folder on drive one and it works like a charm, but would like to be able to have all shows on drive 2 again.

  3. Frog Frog

    Thanks really for that!
    But it’s a shame not to be able to take advantage of the Sonarr V3 …

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      This will be v3 if you use the ‘latest’ tag

      • Frog Frog

        I deleted, then reinstalled the container with Portainer and I actually have V3.
        A big thank-you 🙂

  4. jw2804 jw2804

    Hi there, I made the same mistake as a few people commenting here (upgrading my NAS to DSM 7 and not realizing Sabnzb doesnt work . . .yet)

    I used your guide to get Sabnzb running in a docker container and all went well, it went that well I have since moved Radarr and Sonnar in to containers as well. Thanks for the guides, they are really good, gave me a bit of understanding about running apps in containers that I didn’t have before 🙂 ill send a couple of quid via crypto for a beer.

    Many thanks,

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      Thanks its exactly why I created these as the move from DSM5 to 6 had similar issues… Always like a cold one

  5. Anthony H Anthony H

    Hello I have the same problem.

    How did you change the mounts to make it work correct?

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      Hey Anthony, sorry missed your comment, did you sort it or do you still need some help?

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