Sickrage Review

Last Updated: Dec 06, 2021

Sickrage Review
Rating4 Stars
Pricefree
Retention500 Days
Free TrialNone
FeaturesAutomatic Video Library Manager
Python Script
Integrable With SABnzbd and NZBGet

If you are a fan of Sickbeard, then Sickrage would be something you would also definitely enjoy. It is a video library manager that watches out for the video files you are waiting for and integrates it with popular downloaders. It works well with SABnzbd and NZBGet, which are just a few of the best NZB downloaders in the market today.

Sickrage supports both Usenet and Torrent downloaders, which means it can be enjoyed by a wide range of users. It is also often compared to CouchPotato, however; it has a more user-friendly interface and has an automatic subtitle feature.

Highlighted Features

Sickrage has a host of different features. Aside from the video content monitoring that enables users to watch out for files you are waiting for, it also is able to upgrade your existing when a better-quality version becomes available. It also downloads poster arts, general information on the video file, and more.

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  • Usenet and Torrent provider support
  • Anime Support
  • Automatic Subtitle downloading using Addic7ed, OpenSubtitles, Podnapisi, TVSubtitles, and more
  • Multi-platform Support
  • Kodi/XBMC library updates, poster/banner/fanart downloads, and NFO/TBN generation
  • Configurable automatic episode renaming, sorting, and other processing
  • Easily see what episodes you’re missing, are airing soon, and more
  • Automatic torrent/NZB searching, downloading, and processing at the qualities you want
  • Can notify Kodi, XBMC, Growl, Trakt, Twitter, and more when new episodes are available
  • Searches TheTVDB.com and AniDB.net for shows, seasons, episodes, and metadata
  • Episode status management allows for mass failing seasons/episodes to force retrying
  • DVD Order numbering for returning the results in DVD order instead of Air-By-Date order
  • Allows you to choose which indexer to have SickRage search its show info from when importing
  • Automatic XEM Scene Numbering/Naming for seasons/episodes
  • Available for any platform, uses a simple HTTP interface
  • Specials and multi-episode torrent/nzb support
  • Automatic subtitles matching and downloading
  • Improved failed download handling
  • DupeKey/DupeScore for NZBGet 12+
  • Real SSL certificate validation

Plans & Pricing

While Sickrage is a free software, its developers encourage users to become a financial contributor through opencollective. To show your support to Sickrage, you can make a custom one-time or recurring contribution. There are also multiple contributor levels (supporter, backer, flexible sponsor and dedicated sponsor) that range from $2 per month to $25 per month.

Usage Overview

Sickrage is easy to use once you’ve configured all the settings that you need to configure. If you are familiar with how to use Sickbeard or CouchPotato, then figuring out how to use Sickrage will be much easier for you. However, if you are new to using video library managers like this software, it would take you a while to understand how to navigate through its interface and use the program. The good thing is there is a forum available on their website which has guides and how to’s, FAQs, news and updates, and general support.

Sickrage Forums

Installation

You can download Sickrage from multiple sources:

  • GIT repository
  • Docker repository
  • Synology repository

Sickrage also has packages for:

  • Qnap
  • ReadyNas
  • Windows

Sickrage can be installed on a number of different operating systems, including Windows, Linux and MacOS.

For Windows, you would simply need to download the installer from their website and then follow the steps on the set-up wizard. If after installing you’re unable to access Sickrage via http://localhost:8081, you can try re-installing the requirements by doing the following:

  • pip3 install –no-deps -r c:\sickrage\requirements.txt

You may need to re-start the Sickrage service afterwards.

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To install Sickrage on MacOS X, you will need a Python extension library and then follow a process that involves installing command-line tools on your terminal. Linux would also require you to install Sickrage dependencies via python. You can check out the forums page of the Sickrage website for full details.

Configuration

To be able to use Sickrage properly, you would need to configure the provider’s options on the program. From there you can also enable or disable to perform daily searches and perform backlog searches. The provider priorities section is where you select which providers on your list you want to use. You can also drag the provider names in the order you want them to be used.

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Scheduling & Automation

The main feature of Sickrage is that it automatically downloads video files as soon as they become available, whether these are totally new files or better-quality files. Users can also determine how often searches can be done on a specific provider as well as stop when the search once a complete season has been downloaded.

Usability

In terms of ease of use, Sickrage may not be for those who are too lazy to figure out how to work on this program. First of all, installing this on other platforms (except Windows), requires a bit of technical knowledge on python and command-line tools. And while its actual interface is more user-friendly than other similar applications, there is also quite a bit of configuration required to enjoy the full features of Sickrage.

However, with the availability of a lot of useful FAQs, guides and a solid community of users, this program can be very useful for a lot of users who do heavy video downloading.

To add files to your library, you would simply need to go to “shows” and choose from the options where you add files from.

Sickrage Add Shows

Conclusion

Sickrage is a very useful and convenient tool for users who want to keep themselves updated on the latest video files on Usenet. Not only does it monitor new files, it is also capable of searching for better-quality files to replace your existing old videos. While there is possibly a learning curve involved installing, configuring and using this application, Sickrage still remains to be a popular option for Usenet and Torrent users who are heavily into downloading video content. You may want to consider comparing this program to other video library managers like CouchPotato and Sickbeard, and see which one works best for you.

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