Package Manager DSM 7

How to stop packages on a Synology NAS

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The power of a NAS like a Synology enclosure largely comes from the OS and available apps. Synology calls them packages and they’re available through the company’s Package Center. This guide will show you how to quickly stop an installed package that’s running.

Why might one wish to stop a running app on a Synology NAS, you ask? Just like running software on a phone, laptop, or desktop PC, things can go wrong. Just like closing down an app, stopping one running on a Synology NAS allows you to restart or uninstall an app.

Managing, installing, updating, and uninstalling apps through the Synology Package Center on the best NAS allows one to easily oversee everything that’s running on the server from a single location. Once an app has stopped, you can start it again using the method below.

How to stop packages on a Synology NAS

It’s easy to stop a running package on a Synology NAS, here’s how:

  1. Log into your Synology NAS.
  2. Open Package Center.
  3. Click on “Installed Apps.”
  4. Select the app you wish to stop.
  5. Click on the drop-down menu and click on “Stop.”

Using the Resource Monitor

Synology DSM 7 Resource Monitor
Resource Monitor on Synology DSM 7. (Source: NAS Master)

Synology’s Package Center is a powerful tool for managing apps on a Synology NAS, but how does one know when to stop an app? Resource Monitor is very much like Task Manager in Windows (and equivalent tools in macOS and Linux) to view running processes and apps.

Running Resource Monitor will allow you to check on how many system resources are currently being used by the OS and running packages. Clicking on Task Manager will show a full list of all the packages and system features as well as how many CPU cycles are being used.

If you spot a package hogging system resources here, there may be a chance that a script is stuck or it needs to be closed and restarted to solve an issue. If you notice your Synology NAS slowing down, this is a good place to start problem-solving.

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