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Deluge in Docker on a Synology NAS

Last updated on 7th October 2021

New guide for Deluge13/09/2021

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

In order for you to successfully use this guide please complete the two proceeding guides

Downloading the Container

Open up Docker within DSM and navigate to the ‘Registry’ section and search for ‘deluge’ in the search box. Right click and download the ‘linuxserver/deluge’ image.

When asked make sure you choose ‘latest’ from the list of available versions

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/deluge’ image and click on ‘Launch’

You will now see the initial setup screen, if you want to you can change the name of the container to something else, or if you are using a number of services on a machine with a limited amount of memory or lower powered CPU you can also setup resource limitations, but this is generally not required.

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.

On the first tab enable ‘Auto Restart’ this will ensure Deluge will automatically start up whenever you reboot your NAS.

Volumes / Mounts

We can now move onto the volume tab in which we will be specifying the directories where Deluge will store its configuration files and where to download torrents as per the table below.

File/FolderMount path

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

You now need to enter /config into the the ‘mount path’

Click Add Folder again and this time select the ‘data/torrents’ folder and click Select.

Now type /data/torrents into the ‘mount path’


Leave the Network tab as is you do not need to change anything

Port Settings

This container uses port 8112 for the web interface, so change the local port in line with this, you will also see the container is assigned some random ports for the actual torrent connections, we are going to change them to a 6881 TCP and UDP connections. if you have a 4th port delete it. We will also

Local PortContainer Port
81128112 (TCP)


You do not need to setup anything on this tab.

Environment Variables

Next we are going to setup some environment variables that docker will use to allow the container access to our files.

Fill in the following details as per the table/screenshot, you will need to do them one at a time.

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

Almost done

You have now completed the setup of the container, click on Apply to move back to the initial settings screen and then click next, 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.

Final steps

As we have used /data/torrents as the mount point for our downloads we need to make sure Deluge uses this same file path.

We are going to do this by just changing the directory settings within Deluge.

Open a new browser tab and go to your NAS ip address on port 8112 (e,g

Deluge by default has the password of ‘deluge’ to access the web UI, you can change or remove this later in the settings.

Next you will connect to the Deluge back end, just select the host and click connect, it will remember this going forward.

Now you are in the UI click on Preferences at the top of the screen, we are going to change the various folders to the settings shown in the screenshot/table below

Download to:/root/Downloads/data/torrents/incoming
Move complete to:/root/Downloads/data/torrents/completed

Press apply and hit OK, your last task will be to port forward your router to you NAS the TCP and UDP ports of 6881 to ensure you get connected.

Docker Compose

You can use the below code saved as deluge.yml to do the entire process above in one quick command via SSH. Ensuring you change the variables to your own. (Note you will still need to do the Final Steps section)

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  1. Phybersplice Phybersplice

    Any word on a Docker Compose for this? Many thanks for a great blog!

    • nmbrg nmbrg

      First id like to thanks for a excellent guide-blog. helped me a lot in setting up most of my docker containers.

      But since you didnt have a guide for plex yet i followed the guide you linked here. But for some reason when i add paths to libraries in plex (movies and tv) and choose the “data” folder its empty. afaik it should be a media and torrents folder there). if i manually add the path as /data/media/movies nothing is added to the library. so it seems the plex container can only see the data folder but nothing inside that folder.

      if i browse to the folder with SMB i can see the folders. so its not that they dont exists (and i have been putting movies and tv there)

      the volumes ive added in the container is:
      file/folder mount path
      data /data
      docker/plex/transcode /transcode
      docker/plex/db /config

      and ive added the correct PGID,PUID and TZ.
      and im using host network.

      the server is working fine except i cant add libraries since it isnt seeing whats below /data

      would greatly appreciate your help! 🙂

    • i forgot to add that ive added the same volumes to radarr and sonarr (as i followed your guide on everthing except plex). and they see whats below /data

      • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

        Hey, double check your IDs are correct. Did you use the LinuxServer version of Plex. Can you link the one you used.

          • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

            OK cool, you need to use these environment variables instead of the ones used for Radarr etc

            PLEX_UID The user id of the plex user created inside the container.

            PLEX_GID The group id of the plex group created inside the container

            this should then immediately work

          • unfortunately no difference in using those.
            stopped container, edited it. and then started it again.
            Still cant see anything in the /data volume

          • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

            I would delete it and use the Linux Server version as you can just use the same ID formatting etc

          • Did that now and still no luck.
            i was thinking. if i instead add volumes as /data/media/movies to /movies and /data/media/tv to /tv instead of just /data as /data. would that mess something up with?

          • Nevermind, tried changing the volumes to /movies and /tv as i said. but those ended up empty instead. so seems that plex do not have permissions to anything below /data for some reason?

          • nmbrg nmbrg

            one thing that popped in my mind, does it matter who’s the owner of the folders/files?
            as i created the folders below the data share on the NAS (and transfered the files from my old fileshare to the new one in /data/media) with a admin account. and looking in DSM on properties on all folders and files under /data the owner is the admin account. perhaps thats what blocking plex from getting permission to see the files/folders? but then again, everytime i manually add some files or folders to the share plex would have issues with that?

            or am i thinking wrong?

          • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

            Oh right yes, make sure your docker user has permission to those files

          • i changed the owner (in DSM file station) to the dockerlimited user, but that didnt change anything (restarted the container as well)

          • now i just tried deleting the container and deleting the config files in /docker/plex and do i compelete “reinstall”. but now when i try to run the plex claim commands i get a “invalid user: ‘plex:plex'” when running:
            chown plex:plex “/config/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server/Preferences.xml”

            not sure if i got that the first time (perhaps i missed it). if so, i guess thats the problem? also tried dockerlimited:dockerlimited but got the same error message then.

          • so… i cleared everthing (again) and did everything from scratch (again), but this time i used the plex official docker (again), and for some reason this time it worked. the chown worked, and folders/files are visible in plex. though im 100% sure i did everything exactly the same.

            but, whatever. atleast im happy now. 🙂

            thanks for helping me!

  2. El Transistor El Transistor

    Hello, thank you for those guides, they have been wonderfully helpful so far. Do you think you could do one for DelugeVPN instead of just Deluge ?

    Thank you in advance,

    • El Transistor El Transistor

      Hello again 🙂

      Any chances you have not seen this message ? Would really appreciate your knowledge on those aspects if you have any ideas on how to set this up !

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