synology-docker VS Dokku

Compare synology-docker vs Dokku and see what are their differences.


An Unofficial Script to Update or Restore Docker Engine and Docker Compose on Synology (by markdumay)


A docker-powered PaaS that helps you build and manage the lifecycle of applications (by dokku)
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Posts with mentions or reviews of synology-docker. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects.
  • Buying Used Synology NAS Advice Please.
    1 project | /r/synology | 22 Oct 2021
    If you’d like check out the procedure to update. It’s been greatly simplified since the last time I’ve needed to do it ( someone actually wrote a script ) so bear in mind you’re getting the easy version of the procedure.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Dokku. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-04-29.
  • Open-source alternative to Heroku, Vercel, and Netlify
    10 projects | | 29 Apr 2024
    Would be great to see a comparison to some better known alternatives like

    - Dokku [0]

    - CapRover [1]



  • Hosting old Node Projects 👴🏼
    1 project | | 25 Apr 2024
    If you want to dig into it anyways, Dokku is an interesting mention. They provide an Open Source PaaS that you can install on your server to simplify self hosting containers.
  • Deploy Node.js applications on a VPS using Coolify
    4 projects | | 20 Apr 2024
    When I came across Coolify, I thought of giving it a try. I am aware of Dokku, but I never really tried it because it doesn't have a UI. I work primarily as a UI developer, so having a nice UI to work with is a plus for me.
  • The Hater's Guide to Kubernetes
    6 projects | | 3 Mar 2024
    I run all my projects on Dokku. It’s a sweet spot for me between a barebones VPS with Docker Compose and something a lot more complicated like k8s. Dokku comes with a bunch of solid plugins for databases that handle backups and such. Zero downtime deploys, TLS cert management, reverse proxies, all out of the box. It’s simple enough to understand in a weekend and has been quietly maintained for many years. The only downside is it’s meant mostly for single server deployments, but I’ve never needed another server so far.

  • Netlify just sent me a $104K bill for a simple static site
    12 projects | | 26 Feb 2024
    Yeah there are a bunch of selfhostable things:

    Caprover (

    Dokku (

    But people still choose Netlify and Vercel for ease of use I think.

    Maybe we need something that's just Netlify. The closest I've seen to the "right" UX is Ness:

  • The 2024 Web Hosting Report
    37 projects | | 20 Feb 2024
    The modern iteration of these tools has taken the developer experience learnings from the Platform as a Service (PaaS) category, and will bring them to your own VM, giving you your own personal PaaS. Example of this include Dokku, Coolify, Caprover, Cloud66 and many more!
  • Ask HN: Is there an open source alternative to Digitalocean app platform?
    2 projects | | 17 Oct 2023
  • Ask HN: How are you hosting multiple small apps?
    4 projects | | 23 Sep 2023
    Based on the fact that your ideal is to have a similar experience to heroku than managing your own server setting up reverse proxies take a look at these options:

    1) - lets you turn your light sail instance basically into heroku



    4) If you have aws credits this is their heroku equivalent:

    above is not what I do but would be the options I would pursue if I understand your preference and requirement correctly.

  • The Best Way to Deploy Your Own Apps
    2 projects | | 14 Jul 2023
    All in all, I really recommend trying out Dokku if you are a developer interested in hosting your own projects. It makes it super easy to get everything you need to get up and running without having to worry about the specifics. And the price is impossible to beat!
  • Zero downtime deployments of containers on locally running server
    2 projects | /r/docker | 11 Jul 2023
    The installation instructions are on the frontpage of our site. Thats basically all you need to do to install Dokku. As far as using it, we have a simplified tutorial here.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing synology-docker and Dokku you can also consider the following projects:

synology-wireguard - WireGuard support for some Synology NAS drives

coolify - An open-source & self-hostable Heroku / Netlify / Vercel alternative.

VideoStation-FFMPEG-Patcher - Patcher to enable DTS, EAC3 and TrueHD support to Synology VideoStation (from DSM 6.2 to DSM 7.0 and above ; ffmpeg4, 5, 6 ready)

CapRover - Scalable PaaS (automated Docker+nginx) - aka Heroku on Steroids

AirConnect-Synology - Updated AirConnect packages for Synology NAS and Synology Router

Portainer - Making Docker and Kubernetes management easy.

homebridge-syno-spk - Homebridge Package for Synology DSM 7.

Docker Compose - Define and run multi-container applications with Docker


swarmpit - Lightweight mobile-friendly Docker Swarm management UI

Synology-NAS-monitoring - influxDB, Grafana, snmp and telegraf

porter - Kubernetes powered PaaS that runs in your own cloud.