Set up Debian Sonarr to download series from the newsgroups

Set up Debian Sonarr in this manual. We’re going to configure Sonarr like this. That TV episodes are downloaded from the newsgroups. Before you start this tutorial. The NZBGet program should already be installed. And you must be able to download from the newsgroups with this. If this is not the case then see first the tutorial NZBGet install Debian.

Open Sonarr in your internet browser. So we can set Sonarr to a Debian System.

Sonarr Media Management

sonnar settings

Go to Settings and then the Tablad Media Management.

sonarr-renaming episodes

Rename Episode sets it to Yes.

You might wonder why rename? Well, that’s very simple. Quite a few releases are encrypted. Because of this you get strange filenames. For example, “02ffbc012106519975abb1a24014ef13.x264”. And then it’s going to be a huge mess. Programs like Auto-sub and Kodi don’t get along well.

See therefore the settings below.

Standard Episode Format “{Series.Title}. S {season:00} E {episode:00} .{ Episode.Title}. {Quality.Full}-{Release.Group}”

Daily Episode Format “{Series Title} – {Air-Date} – {Episode Title} {Quality Full}”

Series Folder Format “{Series Title}”

Season Folder Format “{Series Title}”

Create empty series folders Yes

Download Propers Yes

Analyse video files Yes

Sonarr Profiles

Now go to the Tablad profiles.


Click on a section that you want to start using. And adjust this to your own preference. Above is my preference. It is best to leave the language on English. Unless a TV series is also available in your own language. But the chance is very small that it is found.

By hovering over the three indents. You can adjust the order of what Sonarr first tries to download.

At Cutoff you indicate when Sonarr has to stop searching. When you’re done, click Save.

Sonarr Quality

sonarr quality time

Now we go to the Tablad Quality. By default, the Minuim Quality is 0.

It’s best to customize it. So that some junk is filtered.

Beware! When you download Animation series. Then don’t set it too low. Because this kind of TV show. Its usually much smaller than a normal TV series.

Beware! As you can see, you have to change the Title here as well. To stay as close to a scene name as possible. Make the Dashes a dot. And 1080p and 720p should be front and front. Zo as na example “720p.HDTV”.

Sonarr Indexers

add newznab

Now go to Tablad indexes. These are the sites whose NZB files are downloaded automatically. The more indexers you add, the more likely you are to download your TV series. See also Newznab providerfor an overview of Newznab sites.

Create an account with some of these Newznab providers. If you have done so, click on the plus.


Then, at Neznab, click Costume.

newznab sonarr

Enter the details of the Newznab site.

neznab api

The API key can almost always be found in your account settings on the NewzNab site. If you did that do a Test first and Save. Now add all your Newznab sites in this way.

It’s best to leave some Newznab sites. If you also have other programs like Headphones or CouchPotato for example. So you get the Api hits divided. If you have an account with a paid Newznab site. Then it often doesn’t matter. Because then you have enough API requests.

If you have already added the NewzNab sites. You also need too activate the below Newznab provider.

You do this in the same way you only need no account.

sonnar-sickbeard index


Categories 5030.5040

sonarr options-age retention

Now we scroll slightly to gangs and here you see Options.

Minimum Age to 5.

Retention Here you enter the retention of your Usenet provider. This ensures that no API requests are wasted. what your Usenet provider can’t download anyway.

RSS Sync Interval Set it to 20 or more. But not too much. Else it can already be gone. But certainly no less otherwise you will also be quick through your API requests.

sonarr filters

If you go to bends, you’ll see Restrictions.

Click that plus downstairs and add to the Must not contain x265 field. If your media player can’t handle it. Most media players can only handle x264.

I also added ACC 2.0 because I want to have at least 5.1 sound. Now that doesn’t mean that no 2.0 sound is downloaded at all. Because this is not always mentioned in the name.

NZBget Sals download client set up in Sonarr

Go to the Tablad download client.

add newznab

Click on the plus.

nzbget sonarr

Fill in the above information. Beware! Please enter your own usage name and password. And possibly another gate.

Recent Priority should be lower than Older priority. Because it is often more difficult to download old TV episodes. Then TV episodes that are just out.

Now click Test. If the test has gone well click Save. If it is not good, you may have entered a wrong username or password.

Note catagory should be tv!

category TV sonarr

The above settings must be in NZBGet. You can find it in NZBGetunder Settings and then Category

Set up Sonarr Connect

If you have a media player. Like me. Then you have to enter the data of this. So you libary is updated with the latest TV series. You don’t have that. Then you can skip these next two steps.

Go to the Tablad Connect.

add newznab

Click on the plus.


These are my settings. But those are usually different for each person. Just to be sure, click Save Test.

Set up Sonarr MetaData

metadata sonarr-kodi

This option is only used if you have a media player. Otherwise you can skip this too. These are my settings for Kodi. This will ensure that covers are downloaded for Kodi.

Sonarr Add Existing Series

You can skip this step. If you haven’t downloaded ANY TV shows yet.


If you already have some series you can add them in Sonarr. You do this by clicking on Import Extisting series On Disk.

sonnar folder

Click on the blue folder. And select the folder where your existing series is. , and then click the Green checkmark.

Your Tv shows are now added.

Create Sonarr folders for TV series

We will create the folders using the command line. So make a connection again with putty.

Go to the right hard drive where you want to create the folder. Unless you only have one drive hard.


The above indicates which hard drives are available.

cd /dev/sda1

Go to the right hard drive. See the command above as an example. With the command CD you go to a folder.

sudo mkdir tv

The above command creates a TV folder.

sudo chmod -R 777 tv

The above command gives all users full rights to the TV folder.

Sonarr TV Series Add

sonarr series

Go back to Sonarr. And click Series.

sonarr series add

Click Add Series

sonarr TV show

Enter the name of the tv show.

sonarr series add

If you’ve found the series you want, choose path Add a difrent path. eE specify the location where the series should be stored. In my example, the name of the folder is TV. Pay close attention! That you selected the desired profile that you customized or created yourself. At the Tablad profiles

Sonarr will now look up your series via the Newznab sites that you have specified. And then NZBGet download your TV series and Sonarr puts this way into the right folder.

This was the manual Debian Set sonarr to download series from the newsgroups.

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