Welcome! Today we will walk through the installation and setup of Sonarr on our Premium Seedboxes. You may also apply the steps below when setting up Radarr as well!

WHAT IS SONARR?

  • PVR for Usenet and BitTorrent users. It can monitor multiple RSS feeds for new episodes of your favorite shows and will grab, sort, and rename them. It can also be configured to automatically upgrade the quality of files already downloaded when a better-quality format becomes available.

Contents:

Installation - One Click Installers & install-app

Setup - Seedbox Download Client Setup & Remote Path Mapping

Indexers - Jackett (Prowlarr optional installation option)

Quality and Profile Settings - 720p/1080p + 4K UHD Summary

Media Management Settings - Rename settings, media management tools, etc..

***Remote Path Mapping*** - Import files outside Sonarr file system

Step 1 - Installation

We provide One Click Installers for both Sonarr and Radarr, available on the left side of your Client Area:

Next, we will select Torrent Utilities in the drop-down menu and install Sonarr and Radarr.

Install-app via SSH connection

  • Create an SSH session with your seedbox. If you need access to a terminal immediately, please head to your Client Area, then to your Dashboard, and use WebConsole on that page.

  • Once you have logged into your user account, please run the following: install-app

  • Install Application

  • Torrent Clients and Utilities

Install Radarr & Sonarr

Once this has competed you will be able to exit your terminal and head to your new *Arr service URL! To access your service, you should now use https://radarr-x-x-x-x.a.seedbox.vip

https://sonarr-x-x-x-x.a.seedbox.vip

https://x-x-x-x.a.seedbox.vip/sonarr

https://x-x-x-x.a.seedbox.vip/radarr

Once you have verified that you can access Sonarr and Radarr, it’s time to begin setup! Given that both of these apps are built around the same UI we’ll use Sonarr as our visual guide here.

  • **You can apply the same procedures between Arr applications, including Lidarr.

Step #2 - Setup

Welcome to Sonarr!

Before we start adding our media libraries, we have some work to do! With that in mind, let’s head to Settings > Download Clients.

Here you can input many different configurations depending on your needs however, for this guide we will use rtorrent/rutorrent as our preferred torrent client.

For Deluge, the settings are as follows:

Name: rtorrent

Host: 127.0.0.1

Port: 8080

Url Path: /plugins/rpc/rpc.php

Username: user

Password: **this is your normal seedbox password.. If this doesn’t work please try using ChangeMe as your password.

Please press the Test button before pressing Save in order to avoid complications moving forward. If all goes well, please press save and move on to the next step!

💡 Do NOT close your Sonarr tab while we move on

Step # 3 - Indexers

This part of the setup process will entail setting up Indexers which will automatically search your favorite Private and Public trackers for searches meeting the criteria you define within your Sonarr Settings.

Let’s begin!

Jackett works as a proxy server: it translates queries from apps (Sonarr, SickRage, CouchPotato, Mylar, etc) into tracker-site-specific http queries, parses the html response, then sends results back to the requesting software. This allows for getting recent uploads (like RSS) and performing searches.

Jackett Installation

Head to your Client Area and click on the One Click Installers. On the drop-down menu, you’ll select Torrent Clients and Utilities

Once you’ve installed Jackett head to your application URL: http://x-x-x-x.a.seedbox.vip:9117

Now we can add our first Indexer from the Configured Indexers bar at the top of the screen:

  • *Note: You can add multiple indexers at once using checkboxes on the left of the list of indexers, scrolling to the bottom, and selecting Add Selected.

For this tutorial, we will set up 1337x, a public indexer.

Once you’ve selected 1337x, you’ll see it on your main Indexer page. Once there, you’ll select Copy Torznab Feed and head back to Sonarr!

Adding a Jackett indexer in Sonarr or Radarr

Go to Settings > Indexers > Add > Torznab > Custom.

Click on the indexer's corresponding button and paste it into the Sonarr/Radarr URL field.

For the API key, use <input API key found on the top of your Jackett homepage>

Prowlarr (optional custom installation)

To install Prowlarr please visit the Servarr Wiki page and follow the detailed installation guide

💡 Prowlarr is an optional way to sync Indexers automatically between *Arr programs. We DO NOT currently provide support for Prowlarr as we do not offer this in our list of One Click Installer applications listed in your Client Area.

In my personal opinion, it’s easier to set up and deploy Prowlarr than it is to configure each indexer inside Jackett.

Step # 4 - Quality Profiles

Next, we will take a look at our Quality Settings inside Sonarr.

💡 Selecting “Show Advanced” at the top will reveal a new column with “Preferred” settings between “Min” & “Max”

720p/1080p

There really isn’t much to be said here.. this is very much a personal preference in terms of size and quality you’d expect from those sizes. It’s important to note that true quality for your normal 720p and 1080p content may be considerably higher than you are normally used to. This may be a great time to tell you.. if you’re stuck on 1080p download quality only and your file sizes are usually 2GB, you may be in for a surprise! True file size for a 720p movie is generally 3GB - 3.5GB!

4K Summary

The demand for high-quality content will always be present. We’ve worked hard to bring Seedboxes worthy of delivering your 4K content to stream to your favorite devices. That being said… there are some limiting factors, which can cause quite a buffering headache if you haven’t configured your settings properly! It’s worth taking a look at our 4K Compatibility Guide in order to familiarize yourself with the ability you have to stream and transcode 4k UHD content when using custom settings.

Step # 5 - Media Management

Now we can begin to add existing media and or start to build your library with your newly configured indexers! As always, let’s dive right in.

Episode Naming

Here you can set your custom settings if you prefer that Sonarr organize your media libraries and rename the episodes after download.

Take a look at each section carefully before making your selection. Without knowing what to input in these sections can result in an error.

💡 I strongly urge you to enable “Rename Episodes,” which will help automatically organize and sort your media with the correct name, season, series, and quality.

Folders

Here you can either choose to create empty folders during a system scan or delete them. If you choose to move Sonarr to another device and restore via backup, media requests that haven’t been released yet will still be loaded into Sonarr because there is an “empty folder” created on the physical file system. ]

Importing

Normally, you won’t need to change these settings. However, if you plan on seeding torrents after download, then you’ll want to have “Use Hardlinks instead of Copy.” Selecting “Import Extra Files” will also import subtitles, nfo, etc. This is great if you want your streaming client to have the ability to read custom media tags.

File Management

You won’t need to change these settings unless you are required to by custom configurations.

Permissions

*Do NOT change these settings unless you have to. Possible reasons for using these settings is if the file system containing media files is a remote file system that doesn’t below to Sonarr.

Root Folders

Here we can add our root folder paths that contain existing media files or media files we with to save moving forward.

Step # 6 - Remote Path Mapping

This is only needed if your download client places finished downloads outside the file system that Sonarr operates.

If your installation requires this, click the “+” button to get started: Host: Drop-down list with the name of Download Client and IP configured

Remote Path: Path that download client saves finished media (/home/user/Downloads/)

Local Path: Path that Sonarr sees finished media

Further reading and helpful links

If you wish to dive further into *Arr setup, settings, and custom configurations, take a look at these helpful links

Servarr - Homepage for anything related to the installation, setup, and maintenance of Sonarr, Radarr, Prowlarr, and Readarr.

Community Script - Links you directly to a community script which can be used to install multiple *Arr programs quickly.

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