During this month we have been talking about how to install FlexGet on Ubuntu and add FlexGet to Windows, in order to take advantage of this lightweight console application. Despite its lack of graphic interface, which is being developed at the moment under the name FlexGet WebUI, learning how to configure FlexGet could be useful in order for you to automate your media downloads. If you dislike applications with no GUI, you can use other downloaders instead, such as SABnzbd on Windows or Sonarr, an alternative to SickBeard. [Read: CouchPotato vs SickBeard, SickRage, or Sonarr for beginners]
Update: Learn with us how to use FlexGet Daemon mode after you’re done with this configuration tutorial, to get the most out of this application and schedule automatic downloads for your shows and movies.
Update 2: Are you a beginner to FlexGet? Read our Beginner Blueprint: Complete FlexGet Setup Guide and find relevant information about installing, configuring, and using this application.
Downloading your shows with a proper FlexGet configuration in an automatic way is useful if you’re setting up a home server with Plex or Emby. It’s also useful if you use Kodi; but you could get content for Kodi in an easier way, streaming from addons such as these 10 best Kodi movies addons. Whatever the case, in case you want to setup FlexGet there are very basic aspects you need to know. The first one is, that you should better have a wireless HTPC keyboard ready to use. You can also use a wired one, actually, but the important thing is that you need to be able to send text somehow to the server where you will configure FlexGet, as you need to edit a text configuration file.
How to configure FlexGet?
To setup FlexGet you need to create a configuration file. This is a text file with a defined structure. FlexGet uses Yaml markup in its configuration file, which makes indentation and spacing very critical for FlexGet to successfully process your configuration file. If you want to know how to configure FlexGet, you need to know that configuration has several important aspects.
FlexGet configuration: Plugins
Plugins are called from the FlexGet configuration file with no specific order. They are listed with their name and followed by a colon, after which some parameters are also written. Plugins can be grouped in tasks, and these are grouped in a big tasks list, that will be started with the
tasks: keyword. Here’s an example:
tasks: first task: rss: http://myfeed.com/path.rss series: - An Amazing Show: quality: 1080p - Another Amazing Show download: /home/mymedia/path
What does this all mean? In our example,
download are plugins. There are several plugins you can use to configure FlexGet, each one with their syntax, but the most important concept is that there are three levels of plugins:
FlexGet configuration: input plugins
In layman’s terms, these are the plugins that will give you the location of the media to download. In this case, you would be using an rss feed, through the
Setup FlexGet filters
filter plugins are simply parameters that will tell FlexGet what specific media out of the available ones you want to download. In this case, from the rss feed specified, you only want the episodes of
Another Amazing Show, no matter their quality, and episodes of
An Amazing Show, only in 1080p. Note how the configuration parameter is also indented, and note how, whenever a show name has modifiers (such as
quality: 1080p), it has to end with a colon.
How to configure FlexGet output plugins
To configure FlexGet output plugins, you simply specify what will FlexGet do with the media from the
input, that has been filtered with the
filter plugins. In this case, you would need to tell FlexGet where to store the shows you just told it to download, specifying a proper path for it within your home server with the
That’s it! Now you have got the basic idea on how to configure FlexGet! If you want to delve deeper into this, make sure to take a look at their wiki page on FlexGet Configuration. Please keep in mind indentation and spaces are important when writing a FlexGet configuration file, and that they should be stored in the current path, the
virtualenv path if you’re using a virtual environment, or in the FlexGet directory if you’re using Windows or Linux. The
config.yml file that will be used will be the one that FlexGet finds first. Does this all sound too complex? Take a look at these 10 best live TV addons for Kodi, or watch your favorite series via streaming with Kodi Exodus Addon, while waiting on the graphical interface to use FlexGet and unleash all its potential!