Install Jackett on Windows for Custom Torrents in Sonarr

jackettJackett lets you use a bunch of additional torrent providers with Sonarr. It turns your Windows home media server into a Torznab API server which Sonarr can interact with. Jackett queries the torrent providers and supplies information to Sonarr for processing. The list of compatible torrent providers can be found here. This guide was tested on Windows 7, 8 and 10 as has the Jackett Windows system service so you will be all set after this Jackett for Windows guide.

Attention: If you want to build an older Jackett with public torrent providers see this guide

Note the Jackett that supports public trackers is here.

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Install Jackett for Custom Torrents in Sonarr

If you are on Windows 7 you will need the latest .NET framework available here

Download the latest Jackett release which is currently 0.69 but a newer (release may be available)

Install Jackett by downloading and running Jackett.Installer.Windows.exe

Create Jackett Windows System Service

If you are using the public version of Jackett from raspfinder then you can install the windows system service with this command as an administrator (source)

JackettConsole.exe -i

Edit: Jackett now creates a system service during the install process so you can skip nssm

Install nssm which lets you create custom Windows services.

Download NSSM, the latest stable release is a ideal which includes 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

Open the and go into either the Win32 (32-bit) or Win64 (64-bit) folder depending on your Windows version.

Copy the nssm.exe to your C:\Windows\System32 folder so it is part of your PATH which allows you to run commands from any directory in the command prompt without having to be in the executable’s actual path. You will get a warning about needing permission, grant it.

windows system service copy nssm

Run a command prompt as Administrator

nssm install Jackett

For your Path, click  and choose C:\Jackett\JackettConsole.exe

Click Install Service

nssm jackett windows service

If you want to start the Jackett service now right click My Computer or This PC and choose Manage

Click Services, scroll down in the right pane until you see Jackett, right click and choose Start

Now you can access Jackett on port 9117 using your local IP address, http://ip.address:9117 and now configure Jackett.