ZZ9: Sonarr and SickRage JavaScript-Based Alternative

March 6, 2017


ZZ9, still in development, could provide an alternative for those who can’t run SickRage or Sonarr. The project is still being worked out, but it looks like it could wind up with some great features.

Is It Needed?

According to the developer, ZZ9 isn’t quite reliable yet, but it is in active development. He’s not trying to achieve feature parity with Sonarr and other options, but would like to change some of the ways that those programs work.

This would also provide an option for those users who don’t have a Windows machine, which could be huge.

While many users might be fine with their Sonarr, SickRage, CouchPotato and other programs, ZZ9 might end up offering some features not found on those programs and, of course, for those who want something outside of the Windows OS, it could also be a very big deal in that regard.

What’s Different?

As of now, the developer says that ZZ9 will handle failed downloads, unlike Sickbeard and SickRage. It will also be designed with a faster interface than Sonarr.

The developer is starting out with TV, but this PVR program could end up supporting movies and possibly music, as well.

Being written in JS, it seems more likely that other developers would be able to contribute to the project, which might speed the addition of more features to the program.

If you’re so inclined, you can help with the development by going to the GitHub page and participating in the discussion around ZZ9.

The PVR isn’t ready for prime time just yet, but the boards are active and those who have an interest in seeing a new option out there aside from Sonarr and the other big names, or who have the technical ability to contribute to a JS project, should check out the page.

We’ll keep up with the development and let you know if and when it becomes available in a stable version.

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