Roon Server on QNAP NAS

If your QNAP NAS meets the requirements, you can use it as your Roon Core.

If your NAS is below the recommendations, it does not mean it won’t run great on your NAS. It depends on your use-case. Roon offers some cpu intensive features, such as audio upsampling, room correction and other digital signal processing tasks. These are optional and probably the most cpu-extensive tasks in the software. If you are unsure, if your QNAP NAS is capable of handling your setup, the best way to ensure this, to just give it a try.

Roon Labs hardware recommendation can be read here.


  • Intel x64 based QNAP NAS
  • QTS 4.3.x


  • An intel i3 – i7 cpu or equivalent
  • SSD storage for Roon Server’s database

Roon Server for QNAP is available in the QNAP App Center. You just need to navigate to the Multimedia section and click on the “Install”-button below the Roon Server icon. That’s it.

After installation, you need to specify the location for Roon Server’s database. Start this process by clicking the “Configure” button.

A window will appear to let you specify the folder, which you would like to use for Roon Server’s database.
In case you need to create a new folder, this needs to be done in the QNAP “Control Panel” under “Shared folders”, or use QNAP’s FileStation, if you need to create a folder within a shared folder.


Since QTS 4.5.x some codecs have been removed from a component, that is required by Roon Server. Especially AAC media files won’t play. I have added an option to supply your own version of ffmpeg in the Roon Server’s webinterface in QNAP.

Take a look at this post in the Roon community board for detailed instructions how to do it.

There seems to be a bug either in the QTS operating system or Roon Server, which prevents Roon from detecting music files on the QNAP device.

It seems, music files get imported once any change has been made to the shared folder settings (e.g. edit, create or delete a shared folder).

But after a reboot, the issue reoccurs.

As a workaround (that still works after rebooting the QNAP), you can connect any USB volume (like a small little thumbdrive) to your QNAP NAS.

To download Roon Server’s log files, simply press the ambulance icon in the Roon Server web administration within the QNAP administration.

QNAP App Center Manual Install

In case you need to install Roon Server manually by a .qpkg file, you do this by clicking the “Install Manually” icon in the QNAP App Center.

Then click browse in the window and select the Roon Server .qpkg file.

To start the installation, click “Install”