Initial Setup

Sonarr is a PVR that is able to sort, and rename content.

Major features include:

  • Complete content management. Naming conventions, metadata and episode management.
  • Full integration with other media apps for real time notifications and library refreshing
  • All in a beautiful UI with full SSL support.

You can view the application's repo here: https://github.com/Sonarr/Sonarr

In this section, we'll be setting up Sonarr for the first time. This guide assumes that this is your first time installing Sonarr, and you'll be storing your media locally, saving it to ~/media. We'll be doing the following:

  • Enabling automatic organization and adding a root Folder
  • Connecting your download clients

Enabling Automatic Organization

  • Access and log in to your Sonarr instance using the credentials you set during installation
  • Go to Settings
  • Make sure that advanced settings are set to Shown and click Media Management
  • Under Episode Naming section, check Rename Episodes
    • You can leave the rest of the options as-is. The defaults work well with Plex's naming scheme.
  • Under Importing section, make sure that Use hardlinks instead of copy is checked
    • Hardlinks effectively creates a file that points directly to your source file in the disk. You can do anything to this file without affecting your source file and vice versa.

Disable Analyze Video Files

Settings ⇾ Media Management ⇾ File Management
  • Analyze video files: Unchecked
    • This should be turned off as this frequently happens on library refreshes if left on and can lead to undesirable HDD IO and CPU utilization.

Add your media Root Folder

  • To add your Root Folders, select Add Root Folder also under Settings -> Media Management
  • This will bring up the File Browser window.
  • From here, navigate to your /home/your_username/media folder and select the correct folder such as TV Shows.
  • Once that's done, click OK. You'll see the absolute path of the Root folder.
  • Click Save changes to save your changes

Adding Download Clients

Be sure to enable "Show Advanced settings" Using the Cog Icon in the top left-hand side to show URL Base Field!
Example of how it should look given in the screenshot below.

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  • Now, click the Download client tab
  • To add your preferred client, click the big + button, then select your preferred client.
  • Be sure to enable "Show Advanced settings" Using the Cog Icon in the top left-hand side to show URL Base Field

Torrent Clients

Deluge
Host: {username}.{servername}.usbx.me
Port: 443
URL Base: /deluge
Password: As configured in UCP under Deluge
Category: tv-sonarr
Add Paused: NO
Use SSL: YES

Note: 
The Label plugin in Deluge must be active for the connection to succeed. 
Login to Deluge & Go to Preferences -> Plugins.
Check Label, then click on Apply and Ok. 
rTorrent
Host: {username}.{servername}.usbx.me
Port: 443
URL Path: /RPC2
Username: {username}
Password: As configured in UCP under ruTorrent
Category: tv-sonarr
Add Stopped: NO
Use SSL: YES
Transmission
Host: {username}.{servername}.usbx.me
Port: 443
Username: {username}
Password: As configured in UCP under Transmission
Category: tv-sonarr
Add Stopped: NO
Use SSL: YES
QBittorrent
Host: {username}.{servername}.usbx.me
Port: 443
URL Base: /qbittorrent
Password: As configured in UCP under Qbitorrent
Category: tv-sonarr
Add Paused: NO
Use SSL: YES

Usenet Clients

SABnzbd
Host: {username}.{servername}.usbx.me
Port: 443
URL Base: /sabnzbd
API Key: As obtained from SABnzbd
Username: {username}
Password: Configured during SABnzbd setup
Category: tv
Use SSL: YES
Nzbget
Host: {username}.{servername}.usbx.me
Port: 443
URL Base: /nzbget
Username: {nzbget username}
Password: {nzbget password}
Category: tv (You may need to update this in NZBGET Settings if connection fails)
Add Paused: NO
Use SSL: YES

Backing Up and Restoring Sonarr

In this section, we'll be showing you how to backup and restore Sonarr v3.

Backing Up Sonarr

  • Log into your Sonarr instance
  • In System -> Backup, click Backup Now. This will create a zip containing your Backup.
  • Click your newly created Backup to download it to your PC.

Restoring Sonarr

  • On your newly installed Sonarr instance, go to System -> Backup
  • Click Restore backup.
  • A window appears. Click Choose file and navigate to your Sonarr Backup.
  • Once selected, click Restore and wait for a few moments.
  • Go back to the UCP, then set a new password on Sonarr. Once it's set, log in again and check that all of your settings have been restored correctly.

Connect Sonarr to Media Server

Plex Media Server

  • In Sonarr, go to Settings -> Connect and click on the + button.
  • Choose Plex Media Server.
  • Set it up with the details given below:
Name : Anything as per your preference.
Notification Triggers: Check `On Download`, `On Upgrade`, `On Rename`.
Host: 172.17.0.1
Port: 16825 (The port of your Plex Media Server, visible in the Control Panel)
Use SSL: Unchecked
Update Library: Checked
  • Click on Authenticate with Plex.tv.
  • A browser pop-up window will open. Login using your Plex account.
  • After authenticationg with Plex.tv, the Auth Token field will be filled automatically.
  • Click on Test and then Save.

Emby

  • Login to your Emby instance.
  • Go to Manage Emby Server -> Advanced -> Api Keys
  • Click on + New Api Key and add the App name as Arrs. Then click ok.
  • In Sonarr, go to Settings -> Connect and click on the + button.
  • Choose Emby.
  • Set it up with the details given below:
Name : Anything as per your preference.
Notification Triggers: Check `On Download`, `On Upgrade`, `On Rename`.
Host: 172.17.0.1
Port: Emby's port as given in your Ultra Control Panel.
Use SSL: Unchecked
API Key: Paste the one which was created earlier.
Update Library: Checked
  • Click on Test and then Save.

Troubleshooting Information

Why is Sonarr down with application error 502? It won't come back!

If your Sonarr is reporting 502 and you have followed all the instructions on the error page (restarting, then upgrading if that fails), then something else is going on. All troubleshooting from here requires you to access your SSH terminal.

  • If you use mergerfs in conjunction with Sonarr, first ensure your mono instance is not defunct with ps aux | grep defunct. If it's defunct, killing your mounts will release the process, and you will be able to restart Sonarr. Rclone cloud mounts should not be used directly with any application. MergerFS should be used.
  • Have you been into the system settings of Sonarr recently and use a password manager? Your password manager may have auto-filled the port. The ports should not be modified as they are just the internal docker ports, and SSL is handled via nginx. Please check the ports in the applications config.xml with the following command:
cat .apps/sonarr/config.xml | grep Port

Sonarr output should look like this:

support@server:~$ cat .apps/sonarr/config.xml | grep Port
  <Port>8989</Port>
  <SslPort>9898</SslPort>

If they report other values, then use a text editor on config.xml and change to the port displayed above.