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Spotweb in Container Manager on Synology NAS

Last updated on 15 February 2024

Important or Recent Updates
Historic UpdatesDate
Guide rewritten for Container Manager and simplified due to alternative base image from erikdevries making setup easier.11/06/2023
You can now amend the cron schedule to pull on your own schedule rather than the 5-minute default17/09/2023
Fixed the incorrect Cron Job formatting (my fault!)
Changed from the official MariaDB to LinuxServer so we can control IDs
Implemented a Healthcheck to remove the need to wait and restart the Spotweb container
Added additional security option to the compose to restrict the containers from gaining new privileges and amended restart policy, so container will start on boot.28/10/2023
Changed the MariaDB container Name and Service name to spotweb_db – this is purely to differentiate it for anyone with multiple Maria Database containers.14/02/2024
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What is Spotweb?

To quote the GitHub page.

“Spotweb is a decentralized Usenet community based on the Spotnet protocol.”

It is essentially a self-hosted Usenet indexer that integrates with your favourite media managers such as Radarr, and I am going to walk you through setting this up in Docker on your Synology NAS

Let’s Begin

The guide has 2 pages:

  • Page 1 – Folder setup and Container Manager
  • Page 2 – Spotweb Changes and FAQ

Before we start with the main guide head over and follow these two guides to get a docker user and dedicated bridge network set up.

Folder Setup

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


The Container Manager Project

We are going to be using the Project feature of Container Manager (Docker Compose). Open up Container Manager and click on Project then on the right-hand side click ‘Create’.

In the next screen we will set up our General Settings, enter the following:

Project Name:spotweb
Source:Create docker-compose.yml

Next we are going to drop in our docker compose configuration copy all the code in the box below and paste it into line ‘1’ just like the screenshot.

What on earth is a Docker Compose?
Docker Compose allows us to define how Docker should set up one or more containers within a single configuration file. This file is yaml formatted and Container Manager uses the Projects feature to manage them.

    image: erikdevries/spotweb
    container_name: spotweb
      - TZ=Europe/London #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_TZ
      - DB_PORT=3306
      - DB_HOST=
      - DB_NAME=spotweb
      - DB_USER= #username from line 32
      - DB_PASS= #password from line 33
      - CRON_INTERVAL=*/5 * * * *
      - 8085:80/tcp
    network_mode: synobridge
        condition: service_healthy
      - no-new-privileges:true
    restart: always

    image: linuxserver/mariadb:latest
    container_name: spotweb_db
      - PGID=65432 #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_GID
      - TZ=Europe/London #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_TZ
      - MYSQL_DATABASE=spotweb
      - MYSQL_USER= #A username
      - MYSQL_PASSWORD= # Another database password
      - /volume1/docker/spotweb-mariadb:/config
      - 3306:3306/tcp
    network_mode: synobridge
      test: ["CMD", "mysqladmin" ,"ping", "-h", ""]
      timeout: 20s
      retries: 10
      - no-new-privileges:true
    restart: always

Environment Variables

We need to make some changes in order for the containers to have the correct permissions to save configuration files and set up an appropriate database.

First lets cover off the amendments for the MariaDB container, you will adjust these after the = for each variable

MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORDenter a unique password do not use special characters and keep below 20 alphanumeric e.g. A-Z – 0-9
This is the master password for MariaDB in case you ever need it.
PUID(required) The UID you obtained in the user setup guide
PGID(required) The GID you obtained in the user setup guide
TZYour timezone
MYSQL_USERenter a unique username for the spotweb database
MYSQL_PASSWORDenter a unique password do not use special characters and keep below 20 alphanumeric e.g. A-Z – 0-9 as this is known to cause issues if overly complex

Next we are going to amend the Spotweb container section.

TZYour timezone
DB_USEREnter the same username from the MYSQL_USER above
DB_PASSEnter the same password from the MYSQL_PASSWORD above
CRON_INTERVAL*/5 * * * *

#by default this is 5 minutes you can work out a different interval by using to adjust the timing e.g. */60 * * * * is every hour on the hour.

Once done click ‘Next’

You do not need to enable anything on the ‘Web portal settings’ screen click ‘Next’ again.

On the final screen click ‘Done’ which will begin the download of the container images and once downloaded they will be launched!

The images will now be downloaded and extracted. You should see ‘Code 0’ when it has finished.

OK you should now see our project running with a Green status however we are not quite done yet.

Depending on your NAS and drive speed just hold fire for 5 mins while the initial database is configured. You will see this in the Spotweb Log Files.

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 completed

You can navigate to your NASIP:8085 after a few minutes and should be greeted by an empty Spotweb UI (if you get a load of text at the top of a white screen wait a little longer as the database is still being configured)

We will come back to add some additional settings a little later in the guide. You can now move on to Page 2.

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  1. Ramon Ramon

    Hello, I have made a project including the docker compose text, but I am getting the error: Top-level object must be a mapping. How to fix this?

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      Double check your spacing at the top of the yaml and that it matches up with the example as something may be off.

      • Ramon Ramon

        Thanks for your response. It’s still nog working via the container manager but I made a new stack in Portainer. I had to make a change in the image name of mariadb:

        At first I received an error deploying the stack but somehow the containers were creatief.

        • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

          Oh very odd, the only reason I don’t use the lscr URL is because you don’t get update notifications in Container Manager. Maybe a temporary issue with the Docker Hub version of the image?!

          • Ramon Ramon

            I have another problem. When I login with the admin account I see all the retrieved posts, but when I login with the created user I only see a few posts from the last 2 days or so. I already installed phpmyadmin and modified as written but that doesnt change anything. Do you know how to solve this?

            • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

              Can you check the permissions for the user you created, what do they have?

              Anonymous user – open system, Authenticated users

  2. Blake Blake

    Having issues with the spotnet install. I did all the initial setup stuff, I don’t have a firewall, I have a project running prowlarr through the gluetun, the vpn project, the media project and overseerr all running fine. When I try to add this i get this error:
    error pulling image configuration: download failed after attempts=6: dial tcp i/o timeout
    I don’t know if this is a docker error or a network error on my end, just trying to get this up and running. Any feedback would be great.

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      This comes up a lot and is generally a DNS issue with Docker – Try doing a reboot of the NAS

      • Blake Blake

        gave it a quick restart and a full power cycle, neither fixed the issue. I tried messing with some of my network setting as well, such as manually configuring to pull from and as the alternative. I also tried disabling IPv6. I tried killing all my other projects before hitting download and that didn’t help either. Anything else you would try?

        • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

          This is a tough one as it will be a local issue, can you see if you can pull the image using the Container Manager UI and see if it times out?

          • Blake Blake

            I figured it out. It was some random setting in my router I had set when setting up port forwarding and DDNS.

  3. DannyP DannyP

    Thanks for this guide. Ive followed all the steps and have successfully created the the project. When I go the IP address/805 i get the following error message:

    Spotweb contains updated global settings settings. Please run ‘bin/upgrade-db.php’ from a console window

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      Hey are you still having issues, check the spotweb logs and make sure that the setup of the database has been completed.

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