Cross compilation framework to create native packages for the Synology's NAS
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spksrc is a cross compilation framework intended to compile and package software for Synology NAS devices. Packages are made available via the SynoCommunity repository.


Before opening issues or package requests, see CONTRIBUTING.

Setup Development Environment


  • Fork and clone spksrc: git clone ~/spksrc
  • Install Docker on your host OS: Docker installation. A wget-based alternative for linux: Install Docker with wget.
  • Download the spksrc docker container: docker pull synocommunity/spksrc
  • Run the container with docker run -it -v ~/spksrc:/spksrc synocommunity/spksrc /bin/bash

Virtual machine

A virtual machine based on an 64-bit version of Debian stable OS is recommended. Non-x86 architectures are not supported.

  • Install the requirements:

    sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 && sudo apt-get update
    sudo aptitude install build-essential debootstrap python-pip automake libgmp3-dev libltdl-dev libunistring-dev libffi-dev libcppunit-dev ncurses-dev imagemagick libssl-dev pkg-config zlib1g-dev gettext git curl subversion check intltool gperf flex bison xmlto php5 expect libgc-dev mercurial cython lzip cmake swig libc6-i386 libmount-dev libpcre3-dev libbz2-dev
    sudo pip install -U setuptools pip wheel httpie
  • You may need to install some packages from testing like autoconf. Read about Apt-Pinning to know how to do that.

  • Some older toolchains may require 32-bit development versions of packages, e.g. zlib1g-dev:i386

For further instructions, refer to Pull Requests section of CONTRIBUTING.


Lets start with an example:

git clone
cd spksrc/
make setup
cd spk/transmission
make arch-88f6281

What have I done?

  • You cloned the repository
  • Went into the directory of the SPK for transmission
  • Started building the SPK for the architecture 88f6281
    • To list all available architectures use ls toolchains from within the spksrc directory. Remove the prefix syno- to have the actual architecture.
    • An overview of which architecture is used per Synology model can be found on the wiki page `Architecture per Synology model`_

At the end of the process, the SPK will be available in spksrc/packages/

What is spksrc doing?

  • First spksrc will read spksrc/spk/transmission/Makefile
  • Download the adequate toolchain for the chosen architecture
  • Recursively:
    • Process dependencies if any
    • Download the source in spksrc/distrib/
    • Extract the source
    • configure
    • make
    • make install
    • Package all the requirements into a SPK under spksrc/packages/:
    • Binaries
    • Installer script
    • Start/Stop/Status script
    • Package icon
    • Wizards (optional)
    • Help files (optional)


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