Install SickRage Raspberry Pi for Usenet Torrent TV

raspberry_pi_sickrage guideSickRage is an evolved fork of SickBeard the classic automated periodic show grabber. SickRage can send index files to your usenet or torrent downloader. It will even do Anime just like NzbDrone. When running SickRage on Raspbian for usenet downloads I recommend NZBGet since it works well on low powered devices, though you can use it with Sabnzbd as well. If you are torrenting you can choose from transmission, Deluge or rtorrent. There is an install Transmission guide.

If you are trying to figure out which hardware would work best for you, consider reading the Pi benchmarks.

Usenet Provider
Backbone
Retention
Speed
Connections
VPN
Monthly
Annual
UsenetServer
UsenetServer
2265
Unlimited
20
Yes
$10
$95.40
Usenetlink
Cloudgate
2000
100 Mbit
30
No
$15
$140
Astraweb
Astraweb
2264
Unlimited
20
No
$7.50
$96.00
UsenetBucket
XS News
1100
40 Mbit
25
No
€4.95
€60.00
Frugal
Blocknews
600
Unlimited
60
No
$4.99
$50.00

Install SickRage Raspberry Pi

Update the Raspberry Pi repositories

sudo apt-get update

Upgrade any software packages

sudo apt-get upgrade -y

Install SickRage dependencies

sudo apt-get install python-pip python-dev git libssl-dev libxslt1-dev libxslt1.1 libxml2-dev libxml2 libssl-dev libffi-dev build-essential -y

Install pyopenssl

sudo pip install pyopenssl

Install a working unrar for the Raspberry Pi

wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/bananapi/files/unrar_5.2.6-1_armhf.deb

Install the unrar package

sudo dpkg -i unrar_5.2.6-1_armhf.deb

If the precompiled unrar package doesn’t work you can build unrar from source

sudo apt-get install build-essential -y
wget http://rarlab.com/rar/unrarsrc-5.2.6.tar.gz
tar -xvf unrarsrc-5.2.6.tar.gz
cd unrar
sudo make -f makefile
sudo install -v -m755 unrar /usr/bin

Git clone the SickRage installation into Raspbian

sudo git clone https://github.com/SickRage/SickRage.git /opt/sickrage

Make pi the owner

sudo chown -R pi:pi /opt/sickrage

Test to see if it works

python /opt/sickrage/SickBeard.py

You should be able to access SickRage at http://ip.address:8081

You can press Ctrl+C, X or Z to kill the process if SickRage did run

No handlers could be found for logger "sickbeard"

You may also see this error because the changing permissions didn’t work, redo the sudo chown command

Autostart SickRage

SickRage init.d Script

Create the SickRage default file

sudo nano /etc/default/sickrage

Paste this code

SR_USER=pi
SR_HOME=/opt/sickrage
SR_DATA=/opt/sickrage
SR_PIDFILE=/home/pi/.sickrage.pid

Copy the default SickRage init.d script

sudo cp /opt/sickrage/init.ubuntu /etc/init.d/sickrage

If you get an error the sickrage script may have moved in their git repo, find it with this command

sudo find / -name init.ubuntu

It told me it was here

/opt/sickrage/runscripts/init.ubuntu

So the new copy command to get the init script is this, source location is first

sudo cp /opt/sickrage/runscripts/init.ubuntu /etc/init.d/sickrage

Make the SickRage init.d script executable

sudo chmod +x /etc/init.d/sickrage

Update the SickRage init.d script defaults

sudo update-rc.d sickrage defaults

Start SickRage like this

sudo service sickrage start

It can take a minute or two before the web interface is ready after booting, just be patient :).

Now it’s time to configure SickRage.