Sonarr is primarily known for its Usenet automation capabilities, as the TV-focused yin to Radarr’s (movie-focused) yang. But you can use it for manual downloads and other stuff too.But is Sonarr worth learning and setting up? Or are there better alternatives? Find out in our full Sonarr review.
Sonarr Review: Features
Let’s start by highlighting some of Sonarr’s best and most noteworthy features.
- Tons of automated functions:
- Download and organize all seasons/episodes of a series
- Include metadata, like show art, episode recaps, or subtitles
- Grab new releases based on your settings or RSS sync
- Replace any failed downloads – and even blacklist releases
- Determine video quality/size, hardcoded subs, and more
- Upgrade existing files to better quality versions if they become available
- Search multiple indexers and providers simultaneously with manual search
- Compatible with major operating systems: Windows, MacOS, and Linux, plus Raspberry Pi
- Seamless integration with NZB downloaders, like SABnzbd and NZBGet
- Handles your favorite indexers, from DrunkenSlug to NZBGeek
- Easy to setup with Plex and Kodi
- Works with torrent clients too, including qBittorrent, Transmission, Deluge, and uTorrent
Pricing: Is Sonarr Free?
That’s right, Sonarr is completely free. They do welcome donations, however, so if you like the service and can chip in a few bucks, we’re sure they’d appreciate it.
Sonarr Review: Usability
While Sonarr is loaded with useful features, it’s not without its drawbacks. The main one being the learning curve required to set it up.
Of course, you’ll save a lot of time and hassle in the long run, once you’ve got everything up and running. But it’s still a little intimidating for newbies.
So, if you’re just getting into Usenet for the first time, it may be a good idea to grab a provider, indexer, and NZB downloader first. These are required for using Sonarr anyways, but they can also be used to access and download files on Usenet without the automation offered by Sonarr, Radarr and Lidarr.
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Once you’re hooked and already have multiple indexers and/or providers, then you can make the transition to Usenet automation via Sonarr with a lot more experience under your belt.
Or are you already a veteran user? Then jump right in, since Sonarr is pretty much a must-have for Usenet automation. And setup is pretty much identical to Radarr.
How to Install Sonarr
We’ve put together a few easy-to-follow steps to guide you through installing Sonarr. They’re specifically for Windows, but Mac and Linux installation follows a similar process.
1. Download the Sonarr installer from their website.
2. Run the installer after it finishes downloading.
3. Click Next on the first screen to continue.
4. You can now choose whether you want to create a desktop icon and/or have Sonarr start automatically.
We chose Do not start automatically because it really just slows down your computer, without much benefit.
5. Click Next to start the installation process.
6. You now have the choice to Enable Access from Other Devices and/or Start Sonarr. You can leave both of these boxes checked, unless you have your own preferences.
7. Hit Finish.
Sonarr should now start automatically, but if it doesn’t – or you want to access it later – just click on the logo in your taskbar or the shortcut on your desktop. Or you can enter localhost:8989 into your browser’s url bar.
You can find more tips on setting Sonnar up on the Servarr wiki.
Sonarr Review: Wrap-Up
There you have it: a thorough tour of Sonarr’s pros, cons, and price. Hopefully you have a better grasp of what Sonarr can do for your setup, whether you’re a Usenet noob or a vet.
But what’s the final verdict? Is Sonarr worth using? Absolutely.
If you’re automating your Usenet setup – or you just want to make downloading TV episodes easier – then Sonarr is an amazing option.