[Updated: Oct 3, 2013] CouchPotato is a wonderful set and forget python script to automatically download and pass movie torrent files to torrent downloaders or NZB files to NZB downloaders. In this post I will explain how to install CouchPotato V2 on Ubuntu. It works through a feature-full CouchPotato web interface. Browse through movies on sites like imdb or rottentomatoes and add them to your download queue with just couple clicks. Your movie will be downloaded, renamed, and moved to your library. You will need news group access for best performance. If you are not comfortable with Linux commandline or if you are do not want to go through these steps one by one, then you my try our 1-step CouchPotato V2 installer script for Ubuntu. In my other post, I explained how to install CouchPotato V2 on Windows. Now let us look at how to install CouchPotato V2 on Ubuntu.
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CouchPotato (CP) is an automatic NZB and torrent downloader. You can keep a “movies I want”-list and it will search for NZBs/torrents of these movies every X hours. Once a movie is found, it will send it to SABnzbd or download the torrent to a specified directory. CouchPotato requires python 2.6 or higher.
CouchPotato offers several awesome features including automatic downloading through SABnzbd or bittorrent software, one click addition of movies, automatic sorting/renaming movies, automatic trailer/subtitle/artwork downloading, quality options, support for NZB indexing services and more. It is very similar in operation to Sick Beard app for downloading TV Shows, which is described in my other post. If you install CouchPotato correctly, all the above functions should work flawlessly giving you an automatic Usenet downloads and organization of Movies. Without further delay, lets install CouchPotato.
Before You Begin
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Step 1: Install the Essentials
You may install CouchPotato V2 by downloading the latest version from here and extracting. But I recommend running it from source (to keep up with the latest features and bug fixes) using Python with
git as the updater. If you do not have
git installed already, install them using the command below:
sudo apt-get install git-core python
Step 2: Install CouchPotato V2
First, if you already have a
.couchpotato folder in your home directory (
/home/$USER) from a previous version you may rename the folder and save it for now while you setup V2. If your previous CouchPotato is in your home folder then from there do the following:
sudo mv .couchpotato .couchpotato_v1
After your CouchPotato V2 is running you can delete the previous version’s folder (
Next, to install CouchPotato V2, move to your home directory (or any other directory) and clone a copy of CouchPotato V2 from the git repository:
cd ~ git clone git://github.com/RuudBurger/CouchPotatoServer.git .couchpotato
This will download the contents to the folder
.couchpotato. The “.” in the front keeps the
.couchpotato folder hidden. That is it. CouchPotato V2 is installed on your system.
At a later stage, to update CouchPotato, just go into
.couchpotato folder and type:
You may also update CouchPotato by clicking “Update to Latest” from the settings menu or click on the update notification that appears on top of the screen (shown below).
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Step 3: Start CouchPotato
After you install CouchPotato, use the following command to run it:
CouchPotato V2 is now running on your system (unless you encounter any errors). Unlike CouchPotato V1 (uses port 5000), V2 runs on port 5050 by default. So you can access the CouchPotato web interface by going to:
Continue to next page to fully install CouchPotato.