Radarr Review

Radarr Review

Whether you’re looking to fully automate your Usenet setup or just make manual downloads easier, you’ve probably come across the name Radarr.

It’s the movie-focused counterpart to the popular TV automation program, Sonarr.

But what does it do exactly? And is it worth using? Find out in our full Radarr review.

Radarr Review: Features

Radarr Review Main UI

Here’s a look at some of the top features that Radarr has to offer.

  • Can be automated to perform a variety of functions:
    • Download new releases based on your preferences or RSS sync
    • Find and download a new file if a previous one fails
    • Download higher quality videos, as they become available, to replace your old ones
    • Add metadata, like posters, trailers, and subtitles
    • Identify video quality and size, special editions, hardcoded subs, and more
  • Manual search makes it easier to find specific content across multiple indexers and providers
  • Supports all major operating systems: Windows, MacOS, Linux, and even Raspberry Pi
  • Easy integration with SABnzbd and NZBGet
  • Works with your favorite indexers, like NZBGeek, DrunkenSlug, and many more
  • Seamless compatibility Plex and Kodi
  • Handles torrent too, with support for qBittorrent, uTorrent, Transmission, Deluge, and other torrent clients

Pricing: Is Radarr Free?

Radarr is completely free. That being said, the developers do accept donations, so you might want to send them a few bucks (or more) if you end up loving the program.

Radarr Review Donations

Radarr Review: Usability

Radarr Review Video Quality

Radarr will make your life a lot easier if you’re a heavy downloader. You’ll save lots of time finding, downloading, and managing media. And you can even automate the process entirely.

That being said, figuring out and setting up Radarr as a new user can be a little confusing.

So, if you’re a complete beginner to Usenet, you may want to start out by getting a provider, indexer, and NZB downloader. You’ll need them to use Radarr anyways, and they’ll give you a chance to start downloading files and see how Usenet works.

From there, you can start adding more providers, indexers, and/or make the jump to Radarr.

However, if you already have experience with Usenet and want to streamline or automate your movie downloads, you can’t beat Radarr.

If TV series are you're thing, you'll want Sonarr. And Lidarr focused on music downloads.

How to Install Radarr

Here’s a quick guide for installing Radarr. This is specifically for Windows, but the Mac and Linux installers work pretty much the same.

1. Download the installer from Radarr’s website.

Download Radarr Windows

2. Run the installer.

3. On the setup screen, choose whether you want to Create a desktop shortcut and whether Radarr should run automatically when you start Windows.

Radarr Installation Setup

We’d recommend selecting Do not start automatically, since it’ll only make startup take longer.

4. Hit Next. Wait for Radarr to install.

5. On the final screen, you have the option to enable Radarr with other devices and to start Radarr now. Make your selections and hit Finish.

You should now be able to access Radarr by entering localhost:7878 into the URL bar of your web browser.

If you’re new to Radarr and need help setting things up after installation, the Servarr wiki is a great resource.

Radarr Review: Wrap-Up

So, hopefully that overview of Radarr’s features, usability, pricing (free), and installation have given you a decent idea of what the program is all about.

Do we recommend Radarr? You betcha.

If you’re at the point in your Usenet journey where you want to start automating, then Radarr will probably be a pretty crucial part of your setup.

April 18, 2022

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