How to install Restic REST server on Synology NAS

Create a directory for the backups to reside in

First, create a directory where the backups will reside. I recommend creating a shared directory for this purpose.

Open Control Panel -> Shared Folders and click Create. Enter a name (e.g. restic-backups), and click Next.

I recommend enabling data checksums but not data compression on the next page

You don’t need any special settings here, so click Next until you can click Done.

Download the image

Open the Container Manager.

Download Restic REST-Server image on synology

Click on Registry (1), search for restic (2), and double-click the restic/rest-server image (3).

Download Restic REST-Server image on Synology

Now click Apply.

The image will now download. Wait approximately 5 minutes for the download to finish (you can check via the Images tab).

Create the container

Click on Container (1), then Create (2).

Create Restic REST-Server container on Synology

Now select restic/rest-server:latest as the image(1).

After that, enter a suitable container name such as restic-rest-server (2). You can choose this name yourself.

Now, enable Auto-restart (3). This will ensure that the container is restarted automatically after a reboot, and in case it crashes.

Create Restic REST-Server container on Synology

Now, click Next:

Create Restic REST-Server container on Synology

On this page, you first need to add a port binding for the REST server (1). You can use any port here. In this example, I’ll use port 16383 (this is just a random unused port). It needs to be mapped to port 8000.

Next, you need to add a volume binding (2) for Restic to store the data in (which we created in the step above).

Click on Add Folder, select the directory to backup into, and enter /data as the mount path in the container.

Now click Next.

Create Restic REST-Server container on Synology

This is just a summary page. Check your settings, then click Done.

Now wait for the container to finish creating.

Configuring users

Now, you need to create the htpasswd file in the data directory (e.g. restic-backups) so the container sees it as /data/.htpasswd.

This can be done in many ways, but I recommend to use

htpasswd -nbB restic aiQu9Aiwoowe8ingeitheep2quezaH > .htpasswd

Obviously, choose a different random password.

Now, upload .htpasswd to the directory you created earlier.

There is typically need to restart your container after that.

Testing the restic server

Now, you can access the restic REST server directly using where is the IP of your Synology NAS.

When you access it using your web browser, you should see an Unauthorized text. This is expected.

In order to check your credentials, you can use curl:

curl -fsSL "http://restic:aiQu9Aiwoowe8ingeitheep2quezaH@"

If your username/password doesnt work, restart your container and check if you’ve uploaded .htpasswd to the correct location (root directory of the volume you mounted as /data, i.e. /data/.htpasswd from the view of the container).