Set up Ubuntu Sonarr with SABnzbd with SABnzbd for download

In this Ubuntu Setup Sonarr with SABnzbd for download. We’re going to configure Sonarr like this. That TV series are downloaded, from the newsgroups with SABnzbd.

Media Management

Sonnar Settings

Go to Settings. And then select Media Management .

Sonarr Rename episodes

Rename Episode sets it to Yes.

Take over the settings below.

Standard Episode Format “{Series.Title}. SE{season:00}.{ Episode.Title}{episode:00}{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


Now go to the Tablad profiles.

Sonarr HD

Click on a section that you want to use.

And customize these to your own preference. Above is my preference. It’s 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 that series is found. This is because Dutch-language series, very little are uploaded to the newsgroups. And if they are present in the newsgroups. Then often, the scene rules are not followed.

By hovering over the three indents. Can you adjust the order. From what Sonarr is trying to download first.

At Cutoff,you indicate when Sonarr should stop looking.

When you’re done. Click Save.


Sonarr quality

Now we go to the Tablad Quality. By default, the Minuim Quality is 0. You can best adjust this. So that some rubbish is filtered. Beware! If you watch Animation series. Do not set this option too low. Because these kinds of TV series are usually much smaller.

Beware! As you can see you have to use the Adjust title. To keep them as close to a scene name as possible. Of the dashes make a point and 1080p and 720p must be at the front.

Zo as na example “720p.HDTV”.


Now we go to the tab indexers. These are sites whose NZB files are downloaded automatically. The more you add, the more likely your TV series will be downloaded.

Newznab Add

See also Newznabprovider for an overview of Newznab sites. Create an account with some of these Newznab providers.

If you did. You press it plus .

Sonarr Newznab Costume

Then press Costumat Neznab.

Newznab Sonarr

You’ll see the above. 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 have done that, first do a Test and then Save . Now add all your Newznab sites in this way.

You can best leave some sites. If you also have other programs like CouchPotato for example. So you your API hits are divided. If you have an account with a paid Newznab site, it often doesn’t matter.

Then you usually have enough API requests.

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

You do this in the same way. You do not need an account for this.



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Sonarr Options age retention

Now we scroll down a bit. 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, which your Usenet provider cannot download anyway.

RSS Sync Interval Set it to 20 or more. But not too much else it can already be gone thanks to DMCA. But certainly no less. Otherwise, your API requests will also go up very quickly.

Sonarr Filters

You will see restrictions. Click on that Plus, and add to the field Must not contain x265 If your media Player cannot 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.

Setting up Ubuntu Sonarr with SABnzbd

You need the API key from SABNZBD. To set up Sonarr with SABnzbd.

SABZNBD settings

Open a second tab in your browser. And open SABnzbd (default

Go to Settings.


click on General. And copy the API Key .

Now get back to Sonarr.

Sonnar Settings

Click Settings.

Go to the Tablad download client.

Newznab Add

Click on the plus.

set up sabnzb settings sonarr Ubuntu Sonarr with SABnzbd

Fill in the above.

Name Make something up.

Host localhost or

API Key (API key in SABNZBD) comes from SABNZBD that you just copied you.

Username Please provide your username of SABnzbd

Password Please provide your password for SABnzbd.

Category TV This should be really TV, otherwise it doesn’t work well.

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. Then you do have entered a wrong user name, password or API key. Sonarr is now set up with SABnzbd.

Sonarr Connect

If you have a media player like me. Then you must specify the data. So that your libary is updated. With the latest TV series. If you don’t, you can skip these next two steps.

Go to the Tablad Connect.

Newznab Add

Press + .

Sonarr Kodi

These are my settings. But they are usually different for everyone.

Just to be sure, click Save Test.

Sonarr metadata


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 don’t have any TV series at all.

Sonnar extising series

If you already have some TV shows. You can add it in Sonarr. By clicking on Import Extisting series on Disk.

Sonarr folder

Click on the Blue folder , and select the folder where your existing tv shows are. , and then click the Green checkmark. Your Tv shows are now added.

Sonarr Add TV Shows

Now it’s time to add TV shows in Sonarr. Now get back to Sonarr.

Sonarr Series

Go to Series.

Sonarr Series Add

Click Add Series

Sonarr Tvshow

Enter the name of your TV series here.

Sonarr Series Add

If the desired series is found. Choose Path Add a difrent path. And specify the location where the series should be stored. Make sure you have selected the desired profile. Which you adapted or made yourself. At the Tablad profiles.

Sonarr will now look up your tv shows. Via the Newznab sites, which you have specified. And then NZBGets downloads your TV show. Via the Newznab sites, which you have specified. And then NZBGets downloads your TV show. To download from the newsgroups.

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