Couchpotato – Installation and Configuration.

Couchpotato is an alternative to Radarr, it’s older and works well most of the time. Couchpotato which will automatically source your media, download it and rename it.

Via the service control center in Quickbox, we can install and enable Couchpotato with the click of a button. When it’s finished installing, hit close to refresh your browser and you’ll notice a new quick link has been added to the left sidebar. Note: If for whatever reason this link instead sends you to domain.com/#couchpotato, follow these steps.

nano /home/yourusername/.couchpotato/settings.conf

Look for url_base = and ensure it’s set to url_base = /couchpotato

After successfully getting it started and installed, we’ll be presented with the installation screen (yourdomain.com/couchpotato). Create a username & password, don’t change the port and select your theme.

Don’t change the ‘directory’, nor the ‘use by’ options but scroll down and enable rtorrent. Enter the settings like so;

Host: localhost:443
Username: your_username_when_installing_quickbox
Password: your_password_when_installing_quickbox
Label: couchpotato
Directory: /home/your_username/torrents/rtorrent/couchpotato/

The couchpotato label will help us to keep things tidy, the directory is to ensure all the downloads are kept together. Sonarr will have its own directory also.

In the ‘Sites’ Section, if you’re a member at any of these sites, feel free to enable them and enter your credentials.

Tick the ‘Move and Rename’ section as we’ll also be using this. In the ‘To’ box, enter /home/plex/m-r/ and in the ‘From’ section enter /home/your_username/torrents/rtorrent/couchpotato/.

Feel free to install the browser extension if you wish also. Once you’re done, click the ‘I’m done’ button at the bottom and we can get to testing.

In couchpotato, click the gear icon in the bottom left corner and then settings and downloaders. In the top right, there’s an advanced button. Click this and in the rtorrent settings we want it setup like so;

SSL Enabled – yes
SSL Verify – no
SSL CA Bundle – empty
Host: localhost:443
RPC URL: rtorrent
Authentication: Digest
Username: your_username_when_installing_quickbox
Password: your_password_when_installing_quickbox
Label: couchpotato
Directory: /home/your_username/torrents/rtorrent/couchpotato/

For the last 4 options, you only need ‘Remove Files’ enabled. Click ‘Test rtorrent’ and you should see ‘Successfull’.

Getting it to test successfully can be tricky, but if you follow the steps above it will work for you. Remember to show advanced as some of the options don’t show by default.

NOTE: If you’re running into issues getting it to test successfully, try this

Host: http://localhost/rutorrent/plugins/httprpc/action.php

Yes, leave RPC URL blank. Use the same settings as above for everything else.

Note: Here’s our page on the file structure.

Before we wrap up with Couchpotato, in the Downloaders section, ensure ‘black hole’ is disabled and rtorrent is your only enabled downloader.

Next up, [Plex – The beating heart of your new server]