Install Mylar Windows for Usenet Comics

mylar usenet comic books logoUsenet is packed full of content including illustrated stories. Thanks to developer evilhero you can now automate comic book downloading. You can create a wishlist of all the comic books you want and mylar will search your usenet indexers for the comic books and send them to your usenet downloader. It will also search some private torrent sites and send the .torrent files to your downloader's watch directory. There are post processing scripts for both Sabnzbd and NZBGet so your comics will be nicely organized and named appropriately.

Usenet Provider
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Install Mylar Windows

We need to install Python 2.7.x and CherryPy for Mylar to work. Installing git makes the whole process more convenient so you will get to practice playing in the command prompt.

Install Python 2.7.x

Download Python 2.7 32-bit or 64-bit.

For the most part you just click Next through the Wizard

windows python step 1

The guide will assume you are installing to C:\Python27

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In the Customize Python 2.7.x enable Add python.exe to Path.

This allows you to run python from the command prompt in windows.

Click Next

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Click Finish to exit

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Install CherryPy

Download and install CherryPy

You will see another wizard. Click Next.

cherrypy windows step 1

If you installed the correct Python (32 or 64 bit version) then CherryPy will detect it in the registry. This was all automatically selected so just click Next.

cherrypy windows step 2

And click Finish

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CherrPy is now installed.

Install Git Windows

Download gitshell and run it. You will see this wizard.

sickrage git step 1

Accept the license

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Choose the install location

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Uncheck these options Additional icons and Windows Explorer integration. You won't need them.

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Leave the start menu folder as is

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This is important, choose Use Git from the Windows Command Prompt

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This is less important but I chose the top option Checkout Windows-style

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Unless you want to see the Release Notes uncheck it and click Finish

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Install Mylar Windows

In the command prompt paste the following commands. Copy and paste by right clicking in the commmand prompt and press Enter.

git clone -b development c:\Mylar

windows mylar git clone

The command prompt will show Mylar git cloned successfully

windows mylar git clone success

Make sure Mylar runs, paste this command and press Enter

python c:\Mylar\

windows mylar execute python script

The command prompt should look something like this

windows mylar python script running

Now we will make Mylar run on startup so it runs in the background on boot.

Autostart Mylar on Windows

The Windows system service is the preferred startup method. If you have trouble with it you can try the old VBS method.

Mylar Windows System Service

Install the latest nssm and find nssm.exe in the win32 (32-bit) or win64 (64-bit) folder of the file and copy it to c:\Windows\System32

Run a command prompt as an Administrator

Install the Mylar system service

nssm install Mylar "c:\Python27\python.exe" "c:\Mylar\"

You will see this output indicating it installed correctly

Service "Mylar" installed successfully!

Set the home directory for the Mylar folder to the installation directory

nssm set Mylar AppDirectory "C:\Mylar"

You should see that it was set successfully

Set parameter "AppDirectory" for service "Mylar".

Now set the Mylar Windows system service to autostart on boot

nssm set Mylar Start SERVICE_AUTO_START

And that's it, Mylar will autostart on Windows now

Set parameter "Start" for service "Mylar".

You can start the Mylar system service with this command if you don't want to reboot.

nssm start Mylar

If you got this message then Mylar should be running and can be accessed on its default port 8090

Mylar: START: The operation completed successfully.

Now you can reboot your machine and Mylar will autostart on boot

Configure Mylar and enjoy creating your watchlist for grabbing comics from usenet or torrents.

You may be interested in ComicStreamer for viewing comics in a browser.

Old VBS Startup Method

This old VBS method is no longer necessary since nssm provides a better solution. If you were having trouble with nssm you can use this method. You won't have a command prompt open all the time, it will be hidden.

Create the file Mylar.vbs in Notepad

Paste this code

Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
WshShell.Run chr(34) & "C:\Mylar\" & Chr(34), 0
Set WshShell = Nothing

File Save as and save it as “Mylar.vbs” in C:\Mylar so the file ends up as C:\Mylar\Mylar.vbs

Now copy a shortcut of Mylar.vbs to your Startup folder

Open up you Startup Menu. Right click and choose Open.

sickrage open startup folder

In Windows explorer, go into C:\Mylar and copy Mylar.vbs

copy mylar vbs startup script

Now paste it as a shortcut in the Startup menu by right-clicking and choosing Create Shortcuts here.

sickrage paste shortcut

Now you can access Mylar at http://ip.address:8090.


Update Mylar

To update Mylar open a command prompt and enter the Mylar folder

cd c:\Mylar

Use git to pull the latest update

git pull