Quick Review Of Organizr Home Lab Services Manager

If you read this site then there is a higher than normal chance that you’ve got a lot of services (Plex, Emby, Web servers for IOT devices, Home Assistant, Graylog, pfSense, Portainer, etc.) running on your network. Each of these has a different URL that you need to remember for configuration or just for review. Keeping track of all of these sites can become overwhelming. That’s where Organizr comes in.

Organizr Logo

What is Organizr?

“Forget bookmarks now” is one of the taglines the people behind Organizr use. This statement simplifies what Organizr is – a way to organize all of your home lab/server/services links.

Although this statement simplifies, it also oversimplifies. Organizr is not just a bookmark organizer. It has some pretty powerful integrations and UI configurations. Some of the features include:

  • Have multiple server windows (“tabs”) open at once
  • Have multiple users and set up security such that certain users have access only to the tabs you want.
  • Theming (and you can create your own and customize themes)
  • Responsive design (works well on mobile)
  • Customize icons for services (comes with many popular ones out of the box)
  • Ability to login with Plex/Emby/LDAP credentials
  • Multilanguage support

How to install Organizr in Docker

Installing Organizr in Docker is as easy as installing most anything else in Docker. If you have Docker already set up:

sudo docker create --name=organizr \
--name=organizr \
--restart=always \
-v /storage/organizr/config:/config \
-e PGID=1111 -e PUID=1111 \
-p 8899:80 \
lsiocommunity/organizr

The -v parameter sets up a persistent storage location for Organizr config files (keeping files independent of the container is a good container practice). The PGID and PUID set up the group and user id (respectively) for proper access to the data volume (what you specified in the -v line). This should be set the PGID and PUID of the Docker user.

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As you’ve probably guessed, the -p parameter is for the port mapping. External to the Docker host, we’ll use port 8899 (http://<dockerhostIP>:8899) to access the internal Organizr port 80. Adjust the external port and all other parameters to your liking.

Configuring Organizr

After you’ve installed Organizr the first thing you will do is set up your administrative user (which is pretty straight forward). You’ll need to specify a hash key for decrypting passwords stored in the Organizr database. You’ll also need to specify the name and location of the database. Next, it is time to set up your home page and tabs.

Create the home page and then go to the tab editor and make it first in the order of tabs and enable it. We’ll make a few edits to this later.

Organizr Tab Editor
Organizr Tab Editor

Start adding tabs for your web services (Settings->Tab Editor->+). There are three types of tabs you can add: (iframe, internal, new window):

  • Internal – This is for tabs that are internal to Organizr, like the Home Page. You won’t use this one very often
  • iFrame – This is for tabs that can open up inside of an iframe without having to leave the application
  • New Window – These types of tabs will open up in a new window (browser tab)

Some applications don’t work well as iframes and will need to be configured as a new window. You don’t have to figure this out on your own. When adding a new tab, you can press the “Test Tab” button and it will recommend the setting.

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Organizr comes with quite a few icons for the tabs, but you can easily add your own. Navigate to Settings->Image Manager and then select the Upload button near the top right.

Image upload screen
Image upload screen

Customizing the home page

After you have created a few tabs you can go to the Tab Editor and put them in the order you want. One thing I found useful to do was to customize the home page. From Tab Editor->Homepage Items I enabled Emby. You will need a token which you can get from your Emby installation using these instructions. I further enabled the Active streams and Recent streams options.

Next, I enabled CustomHTML-1 to display on my home page. This allows me to add whatever custom HTML commands I want to the web page. In my case, I added some links to outside resources I use often, and to a few things on my network that I don’t plan on directly adding to Organizr.

Organizr Home Page Order
Organizr Home Page Order Settings

Last, in Tab Editor->Homepage Order, I set the order of the Emby streams and custom HTML on the web page. Now my web page shows active and recent Emby streams and has my custom links. All this took about a half-hour!

Organizr Home Page with Active Emby stream
Home Page with active Emby stream

Final thoughts

Admittedly I’ve only been using Organizr for a little while, so I’m far from an expert. There is much more you can do with it like using categories and deeper integration with other services. But I’m pretty happy with it so far. It’s much better than the plain HTML page I used to use!

Give it a shot and let me know what you think. If you aren’t all that jazzed about Organizr, you can always check out Heimdall. I haven’t looked into it but it appears to do a lot of the same things.

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  1. I’ve been using Heimdall for about 6 months, was really easy to set up. Nicest part is the interactive links for things like Sabnzb that show what the app is doing without actually having to open the page.

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Quick Review Of Organizr Home Lab Services Manager

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