How to Install Nano on Your Synology NAS

This post will show you how to install Nano on your Synology NAS. Many people prefer Nano since Nano is easier to use than VIM. Luckily the Synology NAS allows you to easily add additional software repositories and install Nano.

Enable SSH Access

You must enable SSH access to use Nano on your Synology NAS.

Click on the ‘Control Panel’ icon and then click on ‘Terminal & SNMP’. Finally, tick option called ‘Enable SSH Service’ and click ‘apply’.

Synology NAS, Terminal & SNMP, Enable SSH Service
Synology NAS, Terminal & SNMP, Enable SSH Service

Add a repository

Nano is not provided or maintained by Synology, but you can get it from the SynoCommunity repository. The SynoCommunity provides free packages for Synology NAS devices. Visit them at https://synocommunity.com/ and feel free to explore some of the other packages they have to offer like Git, Home Assistant and off course Nano.

To add the SynoCommunity repository:

Click on the ‘Package Center’ icon and then click on the ‘settings’ button.

On the ‘settings’ window ‘general’ tab, in the ‘trust level’ section – click on the ‘Synology Inc and trusted publishers’ radio button.

Synology NAS, Package Center, Settings, Trust Level
Synology NAS, Package Center, Settings, Trust Level

On the ‘settings’ window ‘package sources’ tab, click on the ‘Add’ button and add the repository:
Name: SynoCommunity
Location: http://packages.synocommunity.com/

Click on the ‘Ok’ button once you are done.

Synology NAS, Package Center, Settings, Add Repository
Synology NAS, Package Center, Settings, Add Repository

Install Nano from the Repository

The final step is to instal Nano. To do this, make sure you are still in the ‘package centre’. Then, click on the ‘community’ section, find ‘SynoCli File Tools’ and click on the ‘install’ button. The SynoCli File Tools package provides the following command-line utilities: less, tree, ncdu, jdupes, rhash, mc, nano, file, detox, rmlint and rnm as of v1.1-3. Nano was previously a separate package but is now only available via the SynoCli File Tools package. Thanks for the heads-up Steven! :-)

Run Nano

You can now run Nano using SSH in the usual way! Simply type ‘nano’ and the file name you wish to open. Remember that you will need ‘sudo’ in some circumstances depending on what you need to do.



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