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Getting Started

SCALE Apps is a Helm-Charts-as-Apps tool. However, in contrast to more “premium-grade” solutions like kubeapps, it’s not built by Kubernetes specialists and it does not offer complete freedom to deploy helm charts. Nor can you manually edit Chart-Yaml files manually.

This makes SCALE Apps a great tool for users running a TrueNAS SCALE NAS and running a few applications on it. But makes it less optimal for Advanced users.


SCALE Apps are what we call a “Tier 3” deployment option. This means that while we expect it to go smoothly, there are likely caveats, limited options and/or we’ve limited staff available to help out users with support. Hence, we would advise a “Tier 2” or “Tier 1” solution instead.


SCALE Apps is a pretty limited solution. For normal homelab use, TrueCharts SCALE Apps likely will suffice just fine. But for more advanced setups, as mentioned above, it’s not sufficient. It also adds significant layers of “middleware” between the App GUI and Kubernetes/Helm, which is prone to lead to niche issues that other deployment options do not face.

We also would like to point out that iX-Systems, the creators of TrueNAS SCALE, do not have much kubernetes experience or specialised engineers available. This does affect the quality of the end product.

Hence for chart management our preference would be to use FluxCD instead.

How to Configure

Below you’ll find recommended steps to go from a blank or fresh TrueNAS SCALE installation to using TrueCharts with the best possible experience and performance as determined by the TrueCharts team. It does not replace the application specific guides and/or specific guides on certain subjects (PVCs, VPN, linking apps, etc) either, so please continue to check the app specific documentation and the TrueNAS SCALE specific guides we’ve provided on this website. If more info is needed about TrueNAS SCALE please check out our introduction to SCALE page.


  • TrueCharts apps share computing resources with your system. Please review our recommended system requirements.
  • Your apps dataset needs to be large enough to store the containers, configuration files, snapshots, and other persistent volume (PVC) data. You can always configure additional storage using HDD pools (e.g. downloads folder) for specific apps later.
  • Make sure your SCALE installation has a working storage pool that you’d like to use for TrueCharts. Read more in the SCALE tutorial.
  • Make sure you have a working Internet connection and can reach,, and from the host system.
  • Ensure your system time is up to date and you’ve chosen your preferred timezone in your SCALE settings. Apps you install will default to this timezone.
  • You are signed into your TrueNAS SCALE WebUI as root or as a user that can execute commands with root permissions.
  • Your apps pool and associated datasets must be configured before adding TrueCharts. When opening the Apps menu item on SCALE for the first time, you’ll be prompted to choose a storage pool for your Apps.

Minimal Getting Started Setup with SCALE

  • Ensure you have completed the above requirements
  • Add the TrueCharts catalog with the following trains selected: stable, premium, system -> Adding TrueCharts
  • Install the following apps from the system train with default settings: OpenEBS, Prometheus Operator and Cert-Manager

Optionally, you can also install the below apps if you want functionality that they provide:

Adding TrueCharts

  1. Go to the Apps page from the top level SCALE menu


  2. Click the Discover Apps button on the Apps page

    Discover Apps

  3. Click the Manage Catalogs link on the Discover Apps page

    Manage Catalogs

  4. Click Add Catalog

    Add Catalog

  5. After reading the iXsystems notice, click Continue and enter the required information:

    • Name: truecharts
    • Repository:
    • Preferred Trains: premium,stable and system (type each one manually)
    • Branch: main

    Catalog Info

  6. Click Save and allow SCALE to refresh its catalog with TrueCharts (this may take a few minutes)

Getting started using Charts with your own Domain

Full TrueCharts Setup on TrueNAS SCALE

TrueCharts Trains Overview

TrueCharts has multiple “trains”, or branches of apps which you can choose to install. Below is a summary of each train and its intended use.

  • stable contains apps which have been thoroughly tested and expected to be stable and working. The stable version of an app is always the best available version
  • incubator contains apps which are still in development and/or are not considered to be stable and working well enough to be moved into the stable branch
  • dependency contains apps that are mostly used as dependencies. This train is not supported, aside from bug fixes
  • premium contains apps for core TrueCharts features and, in the future, will be covered by additional support for professional use cases
  • system contains operators required for certain apps apps to function at all, recommended leaving this enabled.

See here for a list of all apps available for each TrueCharts trains.


Once you’ve added the TrueCharts catalog, we also recommend installing HeavyScript and configuring it to run nightly with a cron job. HeavyScript is a bash script for managing TrueNAS SCALE applications, automatically updating those applications, backing up applications datasets, opening a shell for containers, and many other features. Please visit the HeavyScript GitHub Page for more info.

OpenEBS Setup

OpenEBS Icon

As outlined here, iX-Systems no longer maintains or supports any form of PVC-based storage for apps. For this reason, TrueCharts provides our own OpenEBS storage solution for you to use with our apps. This means you need to install the OpenEBS app from the TrueCharts system train as below.

  1. In the SCALE GUI, go to Apps -> Discover Apps -> Manage Catalogs

  2. Ensure you have system in the list of Preferred Trains in the TRUECHARTS row as below. If so, skip the next step and proceed to step 4

    Catalog Trains

  3. If you don’t already, you can add it by selecting the TRUECHARTS row and selecting the Edit button and selecting system under the “Preferred Trains” dropdown list as below

    system List

  4. Create a dedicated, unencrypted and empty dataset on the apps pool you created above, outside of ix-applications. OpenEBS will create unencrypted datasets for PVC app storage in that dataset, using an encrypted dataset for OpenEBS is thus discouraged and pointless. Please ensure you’ve chosen the dataset that’s not inside ix-applications. An example “apps” pool layout could look like this where you have a top-level “apps” dataset with “ix-applications” (non-PVC app data) and “pvcApps” (OpenEBS PVC app storage) nested under.

  5. Then install the OpenEBS chart

    OpenEBS Icon

  6. Enter the name of the pool and dataset you created earlier in pool/dataset format and do not include /mnt/ in front of the pool/dataset, as shown below

    OpenEBS Storage

It’s important to set the pool/dataset to the dataset you want to store the folders with the application data in them.

MetalLB installation and disabling integrated LoadBalancer


This step may be optional but is recommended for advanced users and/or those who which to assign specific IPs to their SCALE applications. We have a full guide explaining the setups on the MetalLB-Config Setup Guide page on how to setup MetalLB and disable the integrated LoadBalancer. Please refer to that page for more info.

Prometheus and CNPG system app installations

Prometheus CNPG

Many of the popular TrueCharts apps for TrueNAS SCALE rely on Prometheus Operator and Cloudnative-PG Operator to be installed PRIOR to installing another app that may rely on functionality these operators provide. If you’re unsure if you’re using any TrueCharts apps that require Prometheus or CNPG functionality, we advise you install these system apps first anyway before attempting to then install any other apps.

Here is a list of apps that rely on CNPG functionality. If you intend to deploy any of these apps, you must install the Cloudnative-PG Operator app first as above.

If you are migrating from a different CNPG operator, you can use our CNPG Migration Guide for steps on how to install the Cloudnative-PG operator and migrating to it. We also have this FAQ entry on removing the previous CNPG backend once migrated.

For new users just starting out with TrueNAS SCALE, simply first install Prometheus Operator followed by Cloudnative-PG Operator from the TrueCharts Community Catalog before continuing.

Traefik installation for Ingress / Reverse-Proxy support with TrueCharts Apps


Traefik is our “ingress” or “reverse-proxy” solution of choice and is integrated into all our apps in order to make it as easy as possible to secure your apps. To support this, we supply a separate Traefik “ingress” app, which has been pre-configured to provide secure and fast connections. Please check the Traefik How-To for basic instructions and a video as well.

An optional but extra function enabled by Traefik and supported by many Truecharts Community Catalog apps like Nextcloud, is the ability to use a middleware to use your apps remotely. You can setup a basicAuth middleware using our guide Add Traefik Basic Auth to Apps.

Cert-Manager (operator) and Clusterissuer installation for certificate management


TrueCharts only supports the usage of Cert-Manager (both the operator portion and the main clusterissuer) for certificate management inside apps for TrueNAS SCALE. The usage of TrueNAS SCALE certificates through the GUI is deprecated and may cease to function in future updates. We highly recommend setting up clusterissuer using our clusterissuer setup-guide before adding Ingress to your applications.

Blocky DNS provider for split-DNS installation and guide


Blocky is the optional, but preferred DNS solution for TrueCharts. It’s a DNS proxy, DNS enhancer and ad-blocker which supports “split-DNS” through K8S-Gateway and is highly-available. The Blocky Setup-Guide will cover basic setup options which will get you up and running and is not all inclusive.

Authelia Installation


Authelia is a Single Sign-On Multi-Factor portal for web apps, and is the preferred solution to secure your TrueCharts apps when exposing them using Traefik as your ingress solution. We have a detailed guide that goes through setting up Authelia, along with LLDAP as a backend for Authelia and setting up the forwardAuth section of Traefik to handle the redirections and securing your apps. Please refer to the Authelia Setup-Guide for more info. It is not strictly required, however you are otherwise encouraged to set a very strong password in your previous steps.

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