This page is still in progress and not complete.
For a more detailed breakdown of all the settings, check Sonarr ->Settings We will cover the following options.
In this guide we will try to explain the basic setup you need to do to get started with Sonarr. We're going to skip some options that you may see on the screen. If you want to dive deeper into those, please see the appropriate page in the FAQ for a full explanation.
Please note that within the screenshots and GUI settings in
orangeare advanced options, so you will need to click
Show Advancedat the top of the page to make them visible.
After installation and starting up, you open a browser and go to
First we’re going to take a look at the
Media Management settings where we can setup our preferred naming and file management settings.
Media Management on the left menu.
If you choose not to include quality/resolution or release group, this is information you cannot regain later. It is highly recommended that you include those in your naming scheme.
Use Hardlinks instead of Copymore info how and why with examples TRaSH's Hardlinks Guide.
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Here we will add the root folder that Sonarr will be using to import your existing organized media library and where Sonarr will be importing (copy/hardlink/move) your media after your download client has downloaded it. This is the folder where your series and episodes are stored for your media player to play them. It is NOT where you download files to!
Your download folder and media folder can’t be the same location
Don’t forget to save your changes!
We recommend you to create your own profiles and only select the Quality Sources you actually want. However, there are several pre-filled quality profiles available to choose from as well, if one of those fits. If you need more information about Profiles, please see the appropriate wiki page for that section.
Here you’ll be adding the indexer/trackers that you’ll be using to actually download any of your files.
Once you’ve clicked the
+ button to add a new indexer, you’ll be presented with a new window with many different options. For the purposes of this wiki Sonarr considers both Usenet Indexers and Torrent Trackers as “Indexers”.
There are two sections here: Usenet and Torrents. Based upon what download client you’ll be using you’ll want to select the type of indexer you’ll be going with.
Most usenet indexers require an API key, which can be found in your Profile page on the indexer's website.
Add at least one indexer in order for Sonarr to work properly.
Downloading and importing is where most people experience issues. From a high level perspective, the software needs to be able to communicate with your download client and have access to the files it downloads. There is a large variety of supported download clients and an even bigger variety of setups. This means that while there are some common setups, there isn’t one right setup and everyone’s setup can be a little different. But there are many wrong setups.
After setting up your profiles/quality sizes and added your indexers and download client(s) it’s time to import your existing organized media library.
Depending how well your existing series folders are named, Sonarr will try to match it with the correct series. You should review this list carefully before importing.