Node-RED on Synology

I was running Node-RED on an android phone for a while, and then I moved it to dedicated Pi. Now that I have Synology capable of running Docker containers, I thought it would be a great idea to move it there. Mainly because it has unlimited space, and I have a good power backup for it.

But unlike other things, I moved to Synology. This wasn't straightforward. I created a local folder under the Synology docker folder to map Node-Red's /data folder. Mapped the ports and started the docker. It kept failing with the error that it couldn't create the folder under /data. It seemed strange since other docker containers were able to do it.

Permission Error

[error] Error: EACCES: permission denied, mkdir '/data/lib'

Finally, I found a way to fixing the permission error. It wasn't by sending --user root to the docker command. Though that seemed like it was working, it was writing files to the internal system and not to /data, and in general, it's terrible to run anything as root.

As per this documentation, we have to set up permissions for /data folder for Node-Red to run correctly. Synology has limited ability to change the permissions on folders using UI. This meant I had to enable the admin account and enable SSH in Synology.

Once I did that, I logged into the Synology from a local machine and changed the chmod of the folder to 777. Then I started the Docker, it started correctly. I then installed all the packages using Node-RED's Palette manager. Then stopped the container. I changed the permissions to 755 as suggested by Node-Red documentation and restarted the container.

# SSH to your synology, assuming user is admin 
# and synology local url is synology.local
# You can also use IP address instead of synology.local
ssh admin@synology.local -o PreferredAuthentications=password

# cd docker folder
# chmod it
sudo chmod 777 nodered_data

# Once all the packages are installed, you can make it 755
sudo chmod 755 nodered_data

Now I have a Node-RED running on my Synology without any issues. I feel good :)

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