NzbDrone is an alternative to SickBeard and SickRage for Usenet TV automation. It works well with NZBGet and Sabnzbd. It is written in C# which requires Mono on Linux based systems. Using this guide will get automatically install Mono 3.2.8 on Raspbian. The recommended Mono version is 3.6 but building mono on the raspberry pi is not recommended because of its low spec hardware. You can do it anyway but it will take over 10 hours to compile (thanks Will). Consider yourself warned, you are better off testing Nzbdrone on the Raspberry Pi with the default Mono 3.2.8 version and evaluating its stability before attempting to install Mono 3.6.
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If you are trying to figure out which hardware would work best for you, consider reading the Pi benchmarks.
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Install Mono 3.6 Raspberry Pi
I do not recommend this but here are the instructions anyway.
We need to install a compiler and gettext
sudo apt-get install build-essential gcc g++ gettext -y
Download the mono 3.6 source
Extract the mono files (this can take a few minutes)
tar -xvf mono-3.6.0.tar.bz2
Enter the mono build folder and configure it
cd mono-3.6.0/ && ./configure --prefix=/usr
Now we are going to build and install mono 3.6
This takes 10 hours to compile so I suggest you use screen which will allow the process to continue in the background even after you close your SSH session
sudo apt-get install screen -y
Enter screen, press space twice to get past the news pages
Compile mono 3.6
make && sudo make install
Detach the screen with Ctrl+A, then D (for detach), this allows it to run in the background.
To reattach the screen to check on it
You can check your mono version.
It should read
Mono JIT compiler version 3.6.0 (tarball Sun 14 Sep 16:11:37 CEST 2014) Copyright (C) 2002-2014 Novell, Inc, Xamarin Inc and Contributors. www.mono-project.com
You will need to install libmono-cil-dev (Thanks to Raijmond)
sudo nano /etc/apt/preferences
Add these lines
Package: * Pin: release n=wheezy Pin-Priority: 998
Save with Ctrl+X, Y and Enter
Now update packages and install
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install libmono-cil-dev -y
Install Nzbdrone Raspberry Pi
Enable apt-get to install from https sources
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https
Add sources to install Nzbdrone on Raspbian
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys FDA5DFFC echo "deb https://apt.sonarr.tv/ master main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nzbdrone -y
To get it to install on boot we need upstart
sudo apt-get install upstart
Enter Yes, do as I say!
Now we create the NzbDrone upstart file.
sudo nano /etc/init/nzbdrone.conf
Paste the following, then click Ctrl+X, press Y and then Enter.
Raspbmc Note: if you are running Raspbmc remove the setuid and setgid lines
#author "HTPCGuides.com" #description "Upstart Script to run Nzbdrone as a service on Ubuntu/Debian #Set username for the process. Should probably be what you use for logging in setuid pi setgid pi #Set mono directory env MONO=/usr/bin/mono #Set Nzbdrone directory env DIR=/opt/NzbDrone start on runlevel  stop on runlevel  #respawn exec $MONO $DIR/NzbDrone.exe
Now see if the nzbdrone service runs
sudo service nzbdrone start
It should say something like this
nzbdrone start/running, process 4391
You may see these errors though which are fixable
initctl: Unable to connect to Upstart: Failed to connect to socket /com/ubuntu/upstart: Connection refused nzbdrone: unrecognized service
In that case reboot and it should solve the problem
Note that Nzbdrone takes a minute or two to start up on boot so if you can’t access the Nzbdrone web interface, be patient, it will be accessible when the Pi is ready. This has been tested on a Raspbian fresh install at least 5 times and it does work.
You can access Nzbdrone on its default port at http://ip.address:8989
Now you can configure Nzbdrone