Configure Readarr Synology

In this tutorial Readarr Configure Synology. Are we going to set up Readar so that the desired E-books and Audio books are automatically downloaded from the newsgroups.

You must already have the SABnzbd program installed on your Synology, and you must be able to download from the newsgroups with it. If this is not the case yet, first see the SABNzbd installation Synology tutorial. And if that doesn’t work, you can also use the SABNzbd Docker install Synology tutorial.

Create Readarr folder Synology

First we need to create a folder on Synology where your books will be stored

In your Synology, go to Go to File Station.

create folder synology

Click Create and choose Create Folder.

And give the folder a name. In my case I call it books.

Right-click on the newly created folder.

Select Properties.

rights synology menu

Then go to Rights. And then Make.

set user folder rights synology for ebooks

Select your own Synology account, Administrator and sc-readarr. The sc-readarr account was automatically created during the installation of Readarr.

set folder permissions ebook folder synology

Under permissions, check all boxes. And click Done.

map rechten synology

Click Save.

Your folder is now set up correctly. If you do not set this correctly, your downloads will remain in the SABbd folder.

Configure Readarr Synology Media Management

Now we can configure Readarr Synology Media Management. So that we can set the desired type of books and quality.

Open Reader Synology

Open Readarr’s page.

advanced settings readarr setup

Go to Settings, then Media Management, turn on Show Advanced.

root directories readarr

Check the box here Books deleted from disk are automatically unmonitered in Readarr.

Under Root Folder click on the plus sign.

books readarr folder set

Name name it books.

At Path you specify the folder of the folder you created in the previous step. And click Save.

instellingen opslaan Readarr

Vergeet het boven niet regelmatig ook op Save Changes te klikken als je wat hebt aangepast.


You need an indexer. So that Reader knows where to download the NZB file from.

indexers menu readarr

Go to Settings , and choose Indexers.

Click on the plus icon.

add newznab readarr

Choose Newznab.

Configure newznab server Readarr

You must now enter the details of your Newznab server. If you don’t have these yet, see Newznab servers. The more you add, the more likely your books and audiobooks will be found.

Click Test and Save.

set retention readarr

Minimum age 5 minutes.

Maximum Size 3000 is more than enough. If you only download E-books, this can be a lot smaller, for example 300MB. This increases the chance that less good books will be downloaded.

Retention the retention of your Usenet provider. You can often find this information on the website of your usenet provider. Usually this is two years or more.

And click Save.

Readarr Profiles

We are now going to set up the profiles for the desired quality time you want.

Reader media management

Go to Settings, then Profiles.

We are going to modify a standard profile.

profiles readarr

Click eBook.

configure ebooks readarr

This is something you have to configure to your own taste, and what your device supports. The extensions below are for E-books. The rest is for Audio books, you create a separate profile for that.

AZW3 format is from Amazon.

EPUB Supported by most E-book readers.

Mobi is an old format and is no longer being developed. If your e-reader supports it, I would leave it on.

PDF Supported by just about every device.

Check the box UpgradesAllowed. Readarr then stops searching when the top result is reached.

You can adjust the order by clicking on the 3 lines with your mouse.

Click Save, when it has been adjusted to your desired profile.

Configure audio books readarr

Choose Spoken for Audiobooks if you want to download them automatically.

Check the box here as well UpgradesAllowed. This causes Readarr to stop searching when the top result is reached.

Here too you have to check whether your device can handle these audio formats. Flac can sometimes cause problems, for example.

set readarr profiles

Now click on the plus icon at the bottom of Release Profiles.

readarr filter releases

At Must Contain you can indicate what should be present in the release name.

Must not Contain can block your releases from certain uploaders.

And click Save. You will probably need to adjust this later. I haven’t found anything I want to block at the moment.

Configure Readarr download client

Now to Download clients. So we can link Readarr to SABnzbd.

download program readarr setup

Click on the plus icon.

sabnzbd readarr configurere

Select SABnzbd.

You must now open SABNzbd because you need some data from your SABnzbd installation, these data are different for everyone.

In SABnzbd, click on the Gear icon. Go to the categories tab.

add categories sabnzbd readarr

Add a Readarr category. You can also do this without it. But then you also have to leave this empty when adding sabznbd.

sabnzbd settings for readarr

And then under the General tab you can find the above information you need.

readarr sabnzbd setup

Now go back to Readarr. Fill in the above information. Beware! You need the API key and not the NZB key. click Test and then Save. If the test fails. Check the data again. SABnzbd must also be running.

radarr try again download

Make sure the above is on. So that a download is attempted again if a download fails. Your Newznab provider must support this. But nowadays they all support this.

Automatically download books with Readarr

Now we can add some books.

add readarr ebooks to download

Now go to Library. then ADD New.

You can search for a book name and the author will come up. Click here.

add writer books to download

NOW the following screen appears. Here you can indicate whether you want the Audiobooks or the E-books. You can’t do both for the same writer. You then have to install a second Readarr.

Check the box Start search for missing books. And then click the green button to add this writer. It will now automatically search for the books by this author.

ebook overview readarr

Now if you go to Books. Then you will see all the books by this author.

This was the tutorial Readarr configure Synology. If you run into any issues, please leave a comment. And also see the Readarr FAQ for the most frequently asked questions.

Readarr Synology tutorial

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