SickRage is a hot new fork of the classic Sickbeard for periodic media shows. It uses multiple databases to resolve scene naming issues found in Sickbeard. You can use torrents and usenet to download your media and it is quite customizable. It can be valuable addition for your automated home media server. This SickRage guide was created on a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04.
If you are looking for an Ubuntu 15.x guide see here
Install SickRage Ubuntu
Update repositories first
sudo apt-get update
Now upgrade existing packages
sudo apt-get upgrade -y
Install SickRage dependencies
sudo apt-get install libxslt1-dev libxslt1.1 libxml2-dev libxml2 libssl-dev libffi-dev python-pip python-dev libssl-dev git -y
Build the latest unrar from source
sudo apt-get install build-essential -y wget http://rarlab.com/rar/unrarsrc-5.2.7.tar.gz tar -xvf unrarsrc-5.2.7.tar.gz cd unrar sudo make -f makefile sudo install -v -m755 unrar /usr/bin
sudo pip install pyopenssl==0.13.1
If you get a 509 error install a newer version of pyOpenSSL
sudo pip intall pyeopenssl==0.14
Git clone the SickRage installation
sudo git clone https://github.com/SickRage/SickRage.git /opt/sickrage
Change ownership to your username
sudo chown username:username -R /opt/sickrage
Test to see if you can run SickRage
python /opt/sickrage/SickBeard.py -d
You may get this error about handlers
No handlers could be found for logger "sickbeard". We’ll fix that.
You may also see this error.
Datadir must be writeable '/opt/sickrage'
The upstart script below solves this error too
You should be able to access SickRage at http://ip.address:8081 after running the upstart script.
Choose either the init.d script or upstart script. Upstart can have some issues so it’s advised to try the init.d script first.
SickRage init.d Script
Create the SickRage default file for Ubuntu
sudo nano /etc/default/sickrage
Paste this code, change username to the user you want to run SickRage as
SR_USER=username SR_HOME=/opt/sickrage SR_DATA=/opt/sickrage SR_PIDFILE=/home/username/.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
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
SickRage Upstart Script
If you have the init.d script working there is no reason to use the upstart script.
Install upstart even though it should be included on Ubuntu
sudo apt-get install upstart
Create the SickRage upstart file
sudo nano /etc/init/sickrage.conf
Paste this in and replace username with your username.
#author "HTPCGuides.com" #description "Upstart Script to run SickRage as a service on Ubuntu/Debian based distros" #Set username for the process. Should probably be what you use for logging in setuid username start on runlevel  stop on runlevel  respawn exec /opt/sickrage/SickBeard.py
Run the service to see if it works
sudo service sickrage start
You should see a message like this
sickrage start/running, process 14827
See if it still boots on restart
SickRage is now installed on Ubuntu and will start on boot. If you encounter any bugs, do go report them on the SickRage forum so that the developers can work to resolve them.
Access SickRage at http://ip.address:8081