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How to install SickRage on Docker using Kitematic GUI?

We already shown how to install SickRage on Docker commandline, which works on all platforms: Windows, Linux, and Mac. For people who don’t prefer commandline, we presented Kitematic Docker GUI for Windows. In this post, I will show you how simple it is to install SickRage on Docker using Kitematic GUI for Docker engine. Unfortunately, at this point, there is no Kitematic like tool for non-Windows environment. Therefore, you can only install SickRage using Kitematic on Windows systems.

Install SickRage on Docker using Kitematic

If you still do not know about Docker, I strongly recommend our guides on what is Docker and its installation on Windows and Ubuntu. In short, Docker allows installing home server apps such as SickRage as self-contained containers, making it easy to install and manage them. No complicated SickRage setup procedures. So, without further ado let’s see how to install SickRage using Kitematic Docker GUI.

If you have not setup Kitematic yet, follow our Kitematic Windows Guide to set it up first.

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1. Search for SickRage Docker Hub Container

Once Kitematic is open and connected to your Docker engine. Search for “Linuxserver SickRage” in the search box as shown in the picture below.

Install SickRage using Kitematic
Search for SickRage Container on Docker Hub using Kitematic

There are several SickRage container images available on Docker hub. We are going to install LinuxServer’s container. If you want to see all available SickRage containers, search for just “SickRage”. I typically get the containers with high like and download numbers. LinuxServer’s containers are widely used (Needo is another good one). You may certainly try other containers. Remember, one of the advantages of Docker is that it isolates containers from the base OS and therefore you cannot damage your OS. [Read: AtoMiC ToolKit – Automate your Media Center]

2. Create New SickRage Container

Once your figure out which SickRage container image you want to use (in this case LinuxServer’s), hit the “Create” button as shown in the picture above to install SickRage on Docker. The SickRage container image will start to download as shown below.

SickRage Docker Hub Download
Download SickRage Container from Docker Hub

3. Setup SickRage using Kitematic

Once SickRage Docker Hub container image is downloaded, Kitematic will use the image to create a new container with SickRage. Wait for the container setup to complete.

Install SickRage on Docker - Complete
SickRage Install on Docker Complete

When done, you will see the “RUNNING” status and the SickRage access URL and port, as shown in the picture above.

4. Setup Docker Volumes for SickRage

You want SickRage to be able to download TV show episodes and move them to correct folder. By default, Docker containers will save any data in the containers folder in C Drive and SickRage won’t have access to folders outside that. This may or may not be the right place or have enough space, depending on your situation. But the chances are you have a specific download folder and a TV shows folder. Hit the “CHANGE” button and setup the path for “downloads” (where SickRage downloads content) folder and “tv” (where the episode is finally moved to and organized) folder, as shown below.

Configure Docker Volumes for SickRage
Configure Docker Volumes for SickRage

Do not setup a folder for “config” as this often leads to SickRage database corruption. Once done, hit “RESTART” for the new settings to take effect.

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5. Change SickRage Port Number

Before accessing SickRage, I recommend changing MAC IP:PORT. Under Settings -> Ports for the SickRage container, you can change the access port to the default port number or anything of your liking. If I let Docker decide the port number, I noticed that sometimes the container does not start, possibly due to port conflicts. While manually changing, if you choose a port number that is already being used by another service, Kitematic will notify you. You will then have to choose a different port number. In this case, I set the MAC IP:PORT for SickRage to 8082 (different DOCKER PORT 8081 due to conflict with SickBeard). This allows you to set port forwarding on your router and access Access SickRage on Browser from outside your home network. Make sure to restart your container after making the port change.

Access SickRage Container on Docker

You may then access SickRage on your web browser using the URL or Link displayed in the “Home” tab or under “Ports”.

Access SickRage on Browser
Access SickRage on Browser

If SickRage opens up in your browser as shown above, you are all set. Notice how much more simple it is to setup SickRage using Kitematic than commandline? Now you can go ahead add TV shows and start enjoying them on your media center. You may use the ShowsRage app to remotely manage SickRage. Sounds exciting? Go ahead install SickRage on Docker using Kitematic GUI and make your home server better.

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Anand

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.

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