[Updated: Oct 3, 2013] Sick Beard is a wonderful set and forget python script to automatically download and pass TV show torrent files to torrent downloaders or NZB files to NZB downloaders. In this post, I will explain how to install Sick Beard on Ubuntu. It works wonderfully with XBMC. You will need news group access for best performance and Sick Beard works best with Usenet services such as Astraweb with SABnzbd or Unzbin newsgrabbers. It works through a feature-full Sick Beard web interface. TV shows will be downloaded as they are available, renamed, and moved to your library. In my other post, I explained how to install Sick Beard on Windows. Now let us look at how to install Sick Beard on Ubuntu.
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Sick Beard Features
Sick Beard is a PVR for newsgroup users (with limited torrent support). It watches for new episodes of your favorite shows and when they are posted it downloads them, sorts and renames them, and optionally generates metadata for them.
Sick Beard offers several neat features including automatic episode downloads SABnzbd or bittorrent softwares, episode meta/artwork downloads, sorting, renaming, remote notifications, XBMC library update, support for various NZB indexing services and more. It is very similar in operation to CouchPotato app for downloading movies, which is described in my other post. If you install Sick Beard correctly, all the above functions should work flawlessly giving you an automatic Usenet downloads and organization of TV Shows. Without further delay, lets install Sick Beard.
Before You Begin
Before you proceed, you will need a good Usenet service. Downloading HD content definitely requires a good unlimited Usenet account. We recommend unlimited plans from Newshosting, NewsDemon, or Astraweb. All currently offer over 1800 days of retention, secure SSL connections, and unlimited bandwidth unlike some of the other Usenet providers. For best experience do not hesitate to invest in a good Usenet service.
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||>1800 days retention, SSL, 30 connections, & free Usenet browser||$9.99 / month
$99.99 / year ($8.33 / month)
||>1800 days retention, Unlimited, SSL, 50 connections, Unlimited online storage, & free Newsreader||$10.00 / month|
||>1800 days retention, SSL, and 20 connections||$10.00 / month
$95.40 / year ($7.95 / month)
||>1800 days retention, SSL, and 20 connections||$9.95 / month|
||>1800 days retention, SSL, and 20 connections||$11.00 / month
$96.00 / year ($8.00 / month)
|For more plans that may fit your needs please read our Usenet plan selection guide.|
Step 1: Install the Essentials
You may install Sick Beard by downloading the latest version from here and extracting. But I recommend running it from source (to keep up with the latest features and bug fixes) using Python with
git as the updater. If you do not have
git installed already, install them and
python-cheetah (also needed) using the command below:
sudo apt-get install git-core python python-cheetah
Step 2: Install Sick Beard
First, if you already have a
.sickbeard folder in your home directory (
/home/$USER) from a previous install you may rename the folder and save it for now while you setup V2. If your previous Sick Beard is in your home folder then from there do the following:
sudo mv .sickbeard .sickbeard_old
After your new Sick Beard is running you can delete the previous version’s folder (
Next, to install Sick Beard, move to your home directory (or any other directory) and clone a copy of Sick Beard from the git repository:
cd ~ git clone git://github.com/midgetspy/Sick-Beard.git .sickbeard
This will download the contents to the folder
.sickbeard. The “.” in the front keeps the
.sickbeard folder hidden. That is all there is to it. It is that easy to install Sick Beard on Ubuntu.
At a later stage, to update Sick Beard, just go into
.sickbeard folder and type:
You may also update Sick Beard from the web interface by going into
Settings->Force Version Check or by clicking on the “Update Now” notification that would appear on top of the screen whenever there is an update available.
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Step 3: Start Sick Beard
After you install Sick Beard, there is one thing that you will have to do before you start Sick Beard. Create
cd ~/.sickbeard cp -a autoProcessTV/autoProcessTV.cfg.sample autoProcessTV/autoProcessTV.cfg
Then, use the following command to start:
python ~/.sickbeard/SickBeard.py -q
Sick Beard is now running on your system (unless you encounter any errors). Sick Beard runs on port 8081 by default. So you can access the Sick Beard web interface by going to:
If your Sick Beard is on your internal network and port 8081 is not blocked, you can also access it through its network IP address (see example below):
If you have port forwarding enabled on your router and you have a domain name referring to your server running Sick Beard, you may also view it through the internet using your domain name:
http://localhost:8081 should be enough.
Continue to next page to fully install Sick Beard.