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Sonarr in Docker on a Synology NAS

UpdateDate
Added Docker Compose details
Added new folder mappings to ensure atomic moves and Hard-linking
03/05/2021
Guide re-written and updated with DSM7 screenshots 01/08/2021

In this guide I will take you through the steps to get Sonarr up and running in Docker.

In order for you to successfully use this guide please complete the two proceeding guides

Downloading the Sonarr Image

Open up Docker within DSM and navigate to the ‘Registry’ tab and search for ‘Sonarr’, in the list of available containers select the one made by Linuxserver as shown below, right click on it and select ‘Download’ or click the button at the top of the window.

When asked make sure you choose ‘Latest’ from the list of available versions

You can check the status of the download over on the ‘Image’ tab.

Setting up the container

In Docker click on the ‘Image’ tab, in the list of your containers select the ‘Linuxserver Sonarr’ image and click on ‘Launch’

You will now see the initial setup screen, if you want to you can change the name of the container to something else, or if you are using a number of services on a machine with a limited amount of memory or lower powered CPU you can also setup resource limitations, but this is generally not required.

Next up we are going to click on the ‘Advanced Settings’ button, this will take you to a new window with a number of tabs which we are going to work through.

On the first tab enable ‘Auto Restart’ this will ensure Radarr will automatically start up whenever you reboot your NAS.

Volumes / Mounts

We can now move onto the volume tab in which we will be specifying the directories where Sonarr will store its configuration files and where to find our media and downloads

Click on Add Folder, click on the docker folder and create a new sub-folder called ‘sonarr’ select this folder and click ‘select’

Click Add Folder again and this time select the top level ‘data’ folder and click Select.

Now we have added these we need to specify where they will be mounted inside the container. As per the screenshot/table below:

File/FolderMount path
docker/sonarr/config
data/data

Network

We are not going to be specifying specific ports for Sonarr to use as we want to keep things simple, tick the ‘Use the same network as Docker Host’

Links

You do not need to setup anything on this tab.

Environment Variables (PGID,  PUID and Timezone)

Next we are going to setup a couple of environment variables that docker will use to allow the container access to our files and folders and also to tell it where we live in the world.

Click the Add button, and fill in the following details as per the table/screenshot, you will need to do one at a time.

variableValue
PUIDThe UID you obtained in the user setup guide
PGIDThe GID you obtained in the user setup guide
TZYour timezone wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tz_database_time_zones

Almost Done

You have now completed the setup of the container, click on Apply to move back to the initial settings screen and then click next, you will be shown an overall summary of the settings we have specified, this is a good time to double check everything is correct. Finally click on Done and the container should start to boot.

You should now be able to access Radarr via the IP of your NAS followed by the port 7878

e.g 192.168.0.40:8989

Docker Compose

You can use the below code saved as sonarr.yml in the docker share, this will do the entire process above in one quick command via SSH. Ensuring you change the variables to your own

version: "3.2"
services:
  Sonarr:
    image: linuxserver/sonarr:latest
    container_name: sonarr
    environment:
      - PGID=GID
      - PUID=UID
      - TZ=Europe/London
    volumes:
      - /volume1/docker/sonarr:/config
      - /volume1/data:/data
    network_mode: host
    restart: unless-stopped
sudo docker-compose -f /volume1/docker/sonarr.yml up -d --remove-orphans

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145 Comments

  1. Adam Adam

    Just read the guide, can’t wait to try it since I made the mistake of upgrading to DSM 7 without checking things first.

    I have a question, after setting things up, can I move the current Sonarr config, i.e. shows being recorded into the docker container, and not have to set everything up again?

  2. I have a Synology 1815+ running 2 volumes. I run Plex, SABNZBD, Radarr and Sonarr on it and its all been running great for a few years. I made the rookie mistake of upgrading to DSM 7 which of course means that SAB, Radarr and Sonarr no longer work (until such time the community update the packages). So that left me with the only option to install Docker and try and get the three things working in that.

    I set up Docker fine, installed SAB and Radarr, but I am having some problems.

    My directory structure on the NAS looks like this:

    docker (volume 1)
    configs (volume 1)
    movies (volume 2)
    downloads (volume 1)
    kids movies (volume 1)

    SAB has download directories set as media/downloads/incomplete and /completed (which is actually docker/sabnzbd/media/downloads/incomplete and /completed)

    When Radarr pulls something down it is actually putting it in the completed folder shown above but it wont move it

    Radarr shows this message : You are using docker; download client Sabnzbd places downloads in /config/media/downloads/completed but this directory does not appear to exist inside the container.

    The files appear in the queue with the error “no files found are eligible for import” even though the files are there.

    The Docker volume settings for Radarr are :

    movies /media/movies
    downloads /media/downloads
    docker/radarr /config

    I cant seem to get the transfer working at all – I have tried various things, I assume it’s a path problem (the user account has full permissions to the folders). Any help would be very much appreciated. Thank you!

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      Hey thanks for the clear write up, this will make it easier to troubleshoot.

      The key is ‘/config/media/downloads/completed but this directory does not appear to exist’ this suggests your mount for downloads in SAB is slightly different to Radarr which will confuse it as it can find that exact directory

      In your SAB docker setup what are your mounts, it sounds like you have mounted the ‘docker/sabnzbd/media/downloads’ to ‘/config/media/downloads/’ within the container

      • thanks for the reply, for SAB I have the follow mounts:

        docker/sabnzbd/media/downloads : downloads
        docker/sabnzbd : config

        for RADARR I have:

        docker/sabnzbd/media/downloads : downloads
        Movies : movies
        docker/radarr : config

        • managed to get it working 🙂 thank you, you response fixed it!

          • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

            Glad it’s sorted, it usually boils down to mounts/permissions

  3. grumpysnail grumpysnail

    I just followed this guide to the letter, but when I try to set the ports to 8989 it tells me local port 8989 conflicts with other ports used by other services. I tried 7878 from the comment above, but then I couldn’t access sonarr. It kept telling me the connection to the server was reset while the page was loading.

    Any advice?

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      If it says the port is in use, do you have another container setup using the same port numbers? Ping me an email if its easier drfranky AT drfrankenstein.co.uk should be simple to fix

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