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Prowlarr and FlareSolverr via GlueTUN VPN in Container Manager on a Synology NAS

Important or Recent Updates
Historic UpdatesDate
Updated guide for Container Manager22/05/2023
Moved from UI setup to Project Setup which is more flexible and easier to maintain.
Added an addition element to the compose to restrict the container from gaining additional privilege.
Added FlareSolverr to the Extras section of the guide10/11/2023
Guide amended to include FlareSolverr into the Project and step through adding this all to GlueTUN09/12/2023
Historic Updates

What is Prowlarr and FlareSolverr?

Prowlarr is an application that combines your various indexers for Torrents and Usenet into one place, it then syncs all the indexer settings automatically with Sonarr, Radarr etc. FlareSolverr is an additional proxy which helps bypass Cloudflare protection that many indexers use.

Let’s Begin

This guide makes the assumption that you have already setup GlueTUN and looking to layer this into the existing Project. See the left menu on how to do that with either Deluge or qBittorrent.

Folder Setup

Let’s start by getting some folders set up for the containers to use. Open up File Station create the following.


Container Manager

Next we are going to set stop and edit the existing GlueTUN VPN project in Container Manager.

Open up container manager and in the Project section select the `vpn-project` then Action > Stop.

Once the project has stopped click into it and select the YAML Configuration tab and scroll to the bottom of it as we are going to add the additional configuration for Prowlarr and FlareSolverr.

First we are going to add the extra required ports to the appropriate section at the top of the compose. Copy them and paste them as per the screenshot.

      - 8191:8191/tcp #flaresolverr
      - 9696:9696/tcp #prowlarr

Next we are going to drop in our docker compose configuration copy all the code in the box below and paste below your existing code.


    image: linuxserver/prowlarr:latest
    container_name: prowlarr
      - PGID=65432 #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_GID
      - TZ=Europe/London #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_TZ
      - UMASK=022
      - /volume1/docker/prowlarr:/config
    network_mode: service:gluetun
        condition: service_healthy
      - no-new-privileges:true
    restart: always
    image: flaresolverr/flaresolverr:latest
    container_name: flaresolverr
      - TZ=Europe/London #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_TZ
    network_mode: service:gluetun
        condition: service_healthy
      - no-new-privileges:true
    restart: always

Environment Variables

We need to make some changes in order for the added containers to have the correct permissions to save their config files and know where you are in the world.

PUID(required) The UID you obtained in the user setup guide should be entered here
PGID(required) The GID you obtained in the user setup guide should be entered here
TZ(required) Your timezone

Once you have amended these we can Build the Project again.

Click Save and then Click OK.

The Project should now be running with a Green status

Firewall Exceptions

(Skip if you don’t have the Firewall configured)

If you have enabled and configured the Synology Firewall you will need to create exceptions for any containers that have a Web UI or have any incoming or outgoing connections. This section covers the basics of how to add these. (Please note this is a generic section and will not show the specific ports used in this guide however it applies in the same way)

Also, I would like to refer people to the great guide on getting the Firewall correctly configured over on WunderTechs site.

Head into the Control Panel> Security > Firewall, from here click Edit Rules for the profile you set up when you enabled the Firewall.

Next click on Create and you will see the screen below. Source IP and Action will be automatically selected to All and Allow, I will leave it up to you as to your own preference on whether you want to lock down specific Source IPs from having access. In this example we will leave as All.

You will now choose ‘Custom‘ and then the Custom button

Now select Destination from the drop-down menu, most web based containers require TCP access but check the guide as it will show the port and protocol. Then add comma separated ports. Then press OK.

Click OK a couple of times to get back to the main screen. You will see by default the new rule is added to the bottom of the list. You must always have your Block All rule last in the list as the rules are applied top down so move your container up.

You have now completed the Firewall changes and can continue with the guide.

Container set up complete

You should now be able to access Prowlarr via the IP of your NAS followed by the port 9696


FlareSolverr Setup

Once you have set up Prowlarr and the Indexers you want to use, you can then add FlareSolverr to the ones that require it.

Go to Settings > Indexers > Click + then select FlareSolverr

Once added enter the details as per the screenshot below – ensure you keep note of the ‘Tags’ as this is what you will add to an actual indexer to tell it to use FlareSolverr.

There are 3 possible connection options to use, try from top to bottom.


You then tag each indexer that requires FlareSolverr


Prowlarr can’t connect to my Arrs or Download Client

When setting up the connection between Prowlarr and Radarr/Sonarr/Lidarr some users have reported getting a time-out when using the NAS IP. If this happens try using the Gateway IP of the Synobridge network, which should be ‘’. (you can see this in the Container Manager UI in Networks)

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  1. JC JC


    Great guide, first off. Really helpful.

    I can’t seem to get the prowlarr working within the VPN YAML though. The terminal isn’t particularly helpful as it cuts off half the error, but it looks like I’m getting a warning about “Found orphan containers” when trying to build it, but I’m not familiar enough with Docker to know how to resolve that.

    Is that something you’ve come across before?

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      If it mentions orphans take a look in the Container List to see if there is a container already created with the same name.

  2. Boris Boris

    Hi, I am getting CONNECTION REFUSED error when trying to access prowlarr on
    MYNASIP:9696. It was working in previous setup as standalone container, but when I upgraded and decided to follow the latest instructions as vpnproject can’t make it work.
    I can access deluge no problem, but not prowlarr.
    Looked at the logs tab in vpnproject page – no obvious errors
    Any advice ?

      • Boris Boris

        I found the problem. Missed to add prowlarr ports to the gluten ports list. (THere are several places with the instructions for prowlarr, and one of them was not particularly clear about ports). After I added ports everything is working. Thanks for your guides.

  3. Jay Jay


    I keep getting “Map keys must be unique” and “Property flaresolverr is not allowed” when I attempt to add it t the vpn-project


    PS: Merry xMAs

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein


      Keep in mind you need to add the main Prowlarr and FlareSolverr to the bottom of an existing Gluetun yaml. I think you are seeing these errors to due them being at the top..

  4. James James

    Hi there

    I added Prowler to the GlueTUN VPN project but I’m finding that the connection from Prowler to the indexers frequently breaks. Like you, I’m based in the UK, so I’m wondering if there really is a need to have Prowler on the VPN? How do you have it setup ie. on the VPN project or not?

    I don’t know if moving Prowler will fix the connection issues to the indexers but it might be worth a go.

    Great guides, by the way. Cheers

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      Hey, I have Prowlarr on the VPN as at this point Virgin Media and most other large ISPs block access to indexers.

      I have not had any issues here other than using FlareSolverr for one particular indexer.

  5. Tom Beddinter Tom Beddinter

    Just for clarity, for implementing FlareSolverr with a VPN would you edit/add it to the prowlarr-project YAML or the vpn-project YAML?

    And would you change the YAML on prowlarr-project to “network_mode: service:gluetun” to run it on the VPN network or is it just as stated in the document?

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      Hey, I am working out a different layout for this Prowlarr guide as it has gained arms and legs since its original version, as some want / need prowlarr on the VPN and some don’t. So your question has highlighted a need to do a review…

      In the interim

      If you want to add Flaresolverr and Prowlarr to the VPN move both over to the GlueTUN project
      1) Grab the VPN version of Flaresolverr in this guide
      2) In the VPN qbittorrent guide the FAQ has the Prowlarr VPN yaml
      3) add both of these to the VPN Project..

      Thanks for the question if you get stuck let me know, and I can ping you an email.

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