Mylar 3 Review

Last Updated: Feb 11, 2022

Mylar 3 Review
Rating4.5 Stars
PriceFree
FeaturesComic Book Downloader
NZB Compatible
Torrent Compatible
Active Development

If you happen to be a comic aficionado, you may want to look at Mylar for Mac. This is an automatic comic downloader that works with USENET and that will automatically download CBR and CBZ files for you.

The program is available right now and is constantly being expanded upon. It has some very nice features built into it that may be particularly useful for people who are looking for this sort of content.

The program is based on Headphones. If you’re familiar with that program, you know that it works for downloading music. Because Mylar is working with comics, it functions a bit differently than Headphones, but people who are familiar with Headphones shouldn’t have any difficulty navigating the Mylar interface.

As of January 2021, the previous Mylar project has been discontinued and its developers have moved to Mylar3. The current fork is said to be a work in progress but should be stable for daily use and based on our most recent check, the Mylar 3 repository shows that it is was recently updated with minor bug fixes.

Features

A good downloader always has good features and, where Mylar is concerned, it does have good features. First, you can download using SABnzbd, NZBget or you can download using a Blackhole method.

The program takes care of post processing, whether you want to do that manually or you want a downloader like SABnzbd to handle the files for you. If you want to set up custom folders and give your files customized names – which seems entirely appropriate for a comic collector – you can do so and Mylar will make sure that they remain in force.

You can also add tags to your files, create a reading list and you can even manage story arcs. Managing story arcs means that it keeps track of issues and, if you happen to not have the complete collection, Mylar will start looking for a copy for you.

The program uses ComicVine data, which some users have seen as an improvement over the other configuration, which also used GCD data. According to user reports, the new version works a bit more smoothly than the old, so you may want to download the latest version if you already have it installed.

Installation

To install the latest version, Python version 3.7.2 is required and Mylar has also been heavily tested with version 3.8.1. However, Python version 3.8+ of Mylar will not work on Windows due to some dependency issues.

Other requirements are as follows:

  • Unrar is required to be on the system for ComicTagger integration to work (or RaR will work as well on Windows systems). If Unrar/RaR is not in the system path, the full path to the binary must be specified in the rar_exe_path field in .ComicTagger/settings located in either the root of Mylar or the user’s home directory.
  • ComicVine API key (program will have limited to no functionality without it)

To install:

  • run pip3 install -r requirements.txt to install all required dependencies not included.
  • Note Windows users may need to run py -m pip install -r requirements.txt if the above fails.

The Mylar3 site also provides information on how to install if you prefer Docker.

  • To upgrade from evilhero or mylar to Mylar3:
  • git clone https://github.com/mylar3/mylar3
  • copy over your config.ini, mylar.db, and cache directory
  • edit config.ini and change log_dir and cache_dir to the new path; also set git_user to mylar3
  • from the root of the new Mylar directory, run pip3 install -r requirements.txt
  • Start it up

To upgrade from mylar to mylar3

  • git clone https://github.com/mylar3/mylar3
  • copy over your config.ini, mylar.db, and cache directory
  • edit config.ini and change log_dir and cache_dir to the new path; also set git_user to mylar3
  • from the root of the new Mylar directory, run pip3 install -r requirements.txt
  • Start it up

Mylar software Screeshots

Mylar Mainpage

Mylar Main Page

Mylar Pull Page

Mylar Pull Page
Mylar Setting Configuration
Mylar Settings Configuration

Overall Impression

Mylar is clearly made for a specialty demographic, but that demographic is likely to appreciate the features and functionality of this program quite a bit. It’s well designed, built on a familiar interface and it does its job very well. The Mac version makes it possible for users on that platform to get the same use that users on other platforms have already been enjoying for some time and to find the comics that they’ve been looking for without having to manually sort through USENET to do so.

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