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How to configure Sick Beard?

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. TV shows will be downloaded as they are available, renamed, and moved to your library. In this post, I will explain how to configure Sick Beard. It is essential to configure Sick Beard properly to make it work with SABnzbd for automate downloading TV Shows. If you have not yet installed Sick Beard, please refer to my previous posts on how to install Sick Beard on Ubuntu and install Sick Beard on Windows. 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. If you have successfully, installed Sick Beard on your system now its time to configure Sick Beard.

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Configure Sick Beard

The Sick Beard home screen looks like the picture below, listing all the TV Shows that are currently being managed, with their next episode air date, network name, quality (SD / HD), library status, and the show status  (continuing / ended). This is what we will try to achieve by the end of this tutorial.

Configure Sick Beard
Sick Beard Home Screen

The first settings we are going to configure is the Config->General settings. Disable Launch Browser. This will stop the browser from launching every time Sick Beard is started. For example, if you are autostarting Sick Beard during startup, then the browser would launch automatically after the startup and take you to the home screen. At least to me, this was undesirable. Next, you would want to enable Check for Update to be notified when new updates are available.

Sick Beard Settings - General 2
Sick Beard Settings – General 2

When updates are available, you will see a notification on top of the screen as shown in the picture below. Just click on Update Now to update to the latest version.

Sick Beard Update Notification
Sick Beard Update Notification

Then under General Settings, you may set the Port, Username, and Password. I usually like to not have anything work on its default port for security reasons. If you are like me, you may set a different port. If firewall is enabled on your system, then allow the port you select. Also enable port forwarding on your router if you want Sick Beard to be accessible outside your network (through internet).

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If you are running Linux and interested in setting up a DDNS client, check this post. Enable secure “HTTPS” access to your Sick Beard web interface if you want.

Sick Beard Settings - General 3
Sick Beard Settings – General 3

Finally, enable API and generate an API key by clicking the Generate button. You will need this key to remotely access Sick Beard through mobile applications such as NZB Unity (Android), NZBManager (Android), or Qouch (iOS), as described in this post. Save the changes.

Sick Beard Settings - General 4
Sick Beard Settings – General 4

Next under Config->Search Settings, check Download Propers if you want the already downloaded episodes to be replaced if a better version is available in future. Then enter your preferred Search Frequency and Usenet Retention. If you setup a free Usenet server with XSusenet as described in my other post, then enter 10. All this means is that you can only download files that are less than or equal to 10 days. Ideally, it is best to have paid Usenet account from services such as Astraweb, that offer longer retention times and excellent speeds.

Sick Beard Settings - Search
Sick Beard Settings – Search 1

Continue to the next page to fully configure Sick Beard.

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About the author


Anand is a self-learned computer enthusiast, a part-time blogger, and a Food Scientist by career. He has been blogging since 2010 on Linux, Ubuntu, Home/Media/File Servers, Smart Home Automation, and related HOW-TOs on htpcbeginner.com and smarthomebeginner.com.