Lidarr Setup Guide

Are you a fan of Sonarr or Radarr? Welcome Lidarr. This guide will show you the basics of the set-up process.

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Here we will show the basic setup process for Lidarr on our Premium Seedboxes.

What is Lidarr?

Lidarr is a music collection manager for Usenet and BitTorrent users. It can monitor multiple RSS feeds for new albums from your favorite artists and will interface with clients and indexers to grab, sort, and rename them. It can also be configured to automatically upgrade the quality of existing files in the library when a better-quality format becomes available.


Now that you've successfully installed Lidarr, it's time to find your new URL and login credentials. Click on the Key Icon to bring up a box containing your login. You can click Show Password to reveal your password. Click it again once it's revealed, and you will have copied your password directly to your clipboard for easy use 🙂

Here you'll see your new URL

**replace the "x" with the IP of your seedbox

Once you have obtained your new credentials, please open Lidarr and move on to the next step! 🙂

Initial Setup ✅

Now you should be able to see the initial layout of Lidarr! Take a moment to look around and familiarize yourself with the layout, it should have a familiar feel if you also use Sonarr or Radarr.

Let's begin by setting our favorite torrent or Usenet client by clicking on Settings >> Download Clients

Setting your client

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


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 to avoid complications moving forward. If all goes well, please press save and move on to the next step!

Setting Indexers

Now we will set our indexers which will be used to search our favorite torrent sites or Usenet indexers. Start by heading to Settings >> Indexers >> Add (+)

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:

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.

Quality Profiles

If you want complete control over the download quality and preferred size, you can set custom criteria within Settings >> Quality

**Clicking Show Advanced allows you to set min & max sizes for each of your configured quality sizes.

Rule to consider when choosing FLAC as your preferred quality profile:

  • On the first album, the average file size is 117 MB, and the average bitrate is 3181k. On album 2, the average file size is 46.5, with an average bitrate of 930k.

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 Lidarr 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 Tracks,” which will help automatically organize and sort your media with the correct genre, artist, album, and quality.


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


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 album art, NFO files, 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.


*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

Settings >> Media Management

Here we can add our root folder paths that contain existing media files or media files 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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