Table of Contents
  1. TrueNAS Scale
    1. Instalation
    2. Options
  2. TrueNAS Core
    1. Caveats and assumptions
    2. Linux compatibility
    3. Install ffmpeg/ffprobe
    4. Create user and group
    5. Download stash-linux
    6. Create configuration directory
    7. rc.d startup script
    8. Enable the service at boot
    9. Optional steps

TrueNAS Scale

  • The following step by step was tested using TrueNAS Scale Cobia (


To install the stashapp, we will use the TrueCharts app database. To install, we’ll follow the official documentation at

  1. Go to Apps page from the top level SCALE menu
  2. Click Discover Apps button on the Apps page
  3. Click Manage Catalogs link on the Discover Apps page
  4. Click Add Catalog
  5. After reading the iXsystems notice, click Continue and enter the required information: Name: truecharts Repository: Preferred Trains: enterprise, stable and operators (type each one manually) Branch: main
  6. Click Save and allow SCALE to refresh its catalog with TrueCharts (this may take a few minutes)

After the update is complete, use the search bar to search for “stash”. When found, click Install.


The installation window will contain several customizable options, but the most important one is the storage option. Search for “Additional App Storage” on the page and click “Add”.

In “Type of Storage”, select “Host Path” if the desired folder is a Dataset. “Host Path” should be where your content will be. “Mount Path” is the name that appears in the stash for the selection. You can put anything here, like /stash-content for example. After that, click Install.

Installation will take a few minutes. After the stash appears as “Running”, click “Open” on the right and continue with the stash configuration. When entering the folder that contains its contents, remember to search for the same name you entered previously. In the case of this guide, the name was /stash-content.

TrueNAS Core

Caveats and assumptions

  • the method documented here has only been given cursory testing, so there may be compatibility problems
  • this method assumes that stash will be run within a previously created iocage jail - the process to create and configure the jail is not included here
  • if the jail is in NAT mode, ensure that port 9999 is forwarded to your TrueNAS host
  • the alternative to this method is to compile from source, which is a more involved process and not documented here

Linux compatibility

In order for the stash-linux binary to work in a FreeBSD system, Linux compatibility must be enabled both in the system and the jail. To enable Linux compatibility:

  1. navigate to System -> Tunables in the TrueNAS Web UI
  2. click Add and enter the following:
    • Variable: linux_enable
    • Value: YES
    • Type: rc.conf
  3. Click submit.
  4. In a shell in your iocage jail, edit /etc/rc.conf to add:
  1. Reboot the system.

Install ffmpeg/ffprobe

Go into your iocage jail and install ffmpeg

pkg install ffmpeg

Create user and group

It is recommended to not run services as root. Adjust this step to your system. in this example the user stash will be created and set to run the service.

pw useradd -n stash -u 1069 -d /nonexistent -s /usr/sbin/nologin

Download stash-linux

Choose where you would like to store the binary, in this example /usr/local/bin is selected as this is where the ffmpeg binaries also reside. Check github for latest release. Also remember to fix permissions and ownership

cd /usr/local/bin
chown stash:stash stash-linux
chmod +x stash-linux

Create configuration directory

stash needs a directory for its config file, database and more. Remember to change ownership and permission for the folder you select. The script we will look at in the next step has this path as the default:

mkdir /usr/local/etc/stash
chown stash:stash /usr/local/etc/stash

rc.d startup script

In order for stash to run as a daemon in the background, and also start at boot, you need a rc.d script.

mkdir /usr/local/etc/rc.d
ee /usr/local/etc/rc.d/stash

Enter the following in the editor:


# PROVIDE: stash
# KEYWORD: shutdown

. /etc/rc.subr


load_rc_config $name

: ${stash_enable:="NO"}
: ${stash_user:="stash"}
: ${stash_group:="stash"}
: ${stash_config_dir:="/usr/local/etc/stash/config.yml"}
: ${stash_exec_bin:="/usr/local/bin/stash-linux"}

command_args="-f -P ${pidfile} ${stash_exec_bin} --config ${stash_config_dir}"

stash_precmd() {
    install -o ${stash_user} -g ${stash_group} /dev/null ${pidfile}

run_rc_command $1

To save, press ESC + Enter and confirm with a and make it executable with chmod +x /usr/local/etc/rc.d/stash

Enable the service at boot

If you want Stash to run when you start the jail, run the following command:

sysrc "stash_enable=YES"

And to start the service, reboot the jail or run this command:

service stash start

Stash is now available at http://jail-IP:9999/

During setup you can leave all the paths for config, database and etc empty to use the default. They will then be stored in the config-folder we created earlier so you can easily backup the folder. Only add your media content.

Optional steps

You can change the location where stash stores the configuration files and database. Please note that the path needs to end with config.yml even if it does not exist yet. Stash will create it for you. Remember to fix ownership and permissions of the location you choose.

sysrc "stash_config_dir=path/to/location/config.yml"

You can change the user and group that Stash runs as. Remember that the config_dir needs to be owned by the user that Stash runs as, aswell as the stash-linux binary

sysrc "stash_user=usernamegoeshere"
sysrc "stash_group=groupnamegoeshere"

Its also possible to change the location of the stash-linux binary ``` sysrc “stash_exec_bin=/path/to/stash-linux”