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Arr’s Media Project – Radarr, Sonarr, Lidarr, Prowlarr, Bazarr, Readarr in Container Manager on a Synology NAS

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New guide13/09/2023
Added additional security option to the compose to restrict the container from gaining new privileges as well as umask variable25/10/2023
Adjusted the restart variable to make sure containers start on boot28/10/2023
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This guide is going to eventually replace the existing separate guides for all the apps in the title. By combining these into a single project it saves you time and effort in the initial set up and makes updates more seamless.

You can add and remove the containers from this project based on your preferences.

Migration from old guides.

If you followed my older guides where you set up each of these containers in the Container Manager UI or Pre DSM7.2 Docker UI you can follow this one to migrate in a couple of steps.

  1. Stop and delete the existing containers but keep your directories!
  2. Follow the rest of this guide and all your existing configs will be kept using your old files.

Settings for the Arrs

While I cover some very basics towards the end of the guide you really need to make use of the documentation, it goes into detail of how and why the core functions work across the apps. You can find it on the Servarr Wiki.

Let’s Begin

In order for you to successfully use this guide please complete the three initial setup guides if you have not done so already

As Container Manager now supports using Docker Compose in the UI we will be using it as it will save you lots of time and steps!

What on earth is a Docker Compose?
Docker Compose allows us to define how Docker should set up one or more containers within a single configuration file. This file is yaml formatted and Container Manager uses the Projects feature to manage them.


Folder Setup

First we need to set up some folders for the Arr’s to save their configuration files and also where the Project will save the compose.

Using File Station create the following folders. (Skip ones you don’t need)

Folders
/docker/projects/arrs-compose - Required
/docker/radarr
/docker/sonarr
/docker/lidarr
/docker/prowlarr
/docker/bazarr
/docker/readarr

Container Set Up

Next we are going to set up a ‘Project’ in Container Manager. Open up Container Manager and click on Project, then on the right-hand side click ‘Create’.

In the next screen we will set up our General Settings.

SectionSetting
Project Name:media-project
Path:/docker/projects/arrs-compose
Source:Create docker-compose.yml

Next we are going to drop in our docker compose configuration, copy all the code in the box below and paste it into line ‘1’

A couple of notes:

  • I personally use the Linuxserver images, so they are used below
  • I am pulling these images directly from Docker Hub and not lscr.io this is because container manager can’t check for updates on third party sites
  • You will see notes saying #change me we will do this on the next step, and you can remove the comments if you wish
YAML
services:
  sonarr:
    image: linuxserver/sonarr:latest
    container_name: sonarr
    environment:
      - PUID=1234 #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_UID
      - PGID=65432 #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_GID
      - TZ=Europe/London #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_TZ
      - UMASK=022
    volumes:
      - /volume1/docker/sonarr:/config
      - /volume1/data:/data
    ports:
      - 8989:8989/tcp
    network_mode: synobridge
    security_opt:
      - no-new-privileges:true
    restart: always
  
  lidarr:
    image: linuxserver/lidarr:latest
    container_name: lidarr
    environment:
      - PUID=1234 #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_UID
      - PGID=65432 #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_GID
      - TZ=Europe/London #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_TZ
      - UMASK=022
    volumes:
      - /volume1/docker/lidarr:/config
      - /volume1/data:/data
    ports:
      - 8686:8686/tcp
    network_mode: synobridge
    security_opt:
      - no-new-privileges:true
    restart: always   
    
  radarr:
    image: linuxserver/radarr:latest
    container_name: radarr
    environment:
      - PUID=1234 #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_UID
      - PGID=65432 #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_GID
      - TZ=Europe/London #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_TZ
      - UMASK=022
    volumes:
      - /volume1/docker/radarr:/config
      - /volume1/data:/data
    ports:
      - 7878:7878/tcp
    network_mode: synobridge
    security_opt:
      - no-new-privileges:true
    restart: always

  readarr:
    image: linuxserver/readarr:develop
    container_name: readarr
    environment:
      - PUID=1234 #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_UID
      - PGID=65432 #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_GID
      - TZ=Europe/London #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_TZ
      - UMASK=022
    volumes:
      - /volume1/docker/readarr:/config
      - /volume1/data/:/data
    ports:
      - 8787:8787/tcp
    network_mode: synobridge
    security_opt:
      - no-new-privileges:true
    restart: always

  bazarr:
    image: linuxserver/bazarr:latest
    container_name: bazarr
    environment:
      - PUID=1234 #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_UID
      - PGID=65432 #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_GID
      - TZ=Europe/London #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_TZ
      - UMASK=022
    volumes:
      - /volume1/docker/bazarr:/config
      - /volume1/data/:/data
    ports:
      - 6767:6767/tcp
    network_mode: synobridge
    security_opt:
      - no-new-privileges:true
    restart: always

I have split out Prowlarr as you may want this running on a VPN connection if your ISP blocks certain indexers. If not copy this section into your compose as well. See my Gluetun guides for more information on adding to a VPN.

YAML
  prowlarr:
    image: linuxserver/prowlarr:latest
    container_name: prowlarr
    environment:
      - PUID=1234 #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_UID
      - PGID=65432 #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_GID
      - TZ=Europe/London #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_TZ
      - UMASK=022
    volumes:
      - /volume1/docker/prowlarr:/config
    ports:
      - 9696:9696/tcp
    network_mode: synobridge
    security_opt:
      - no-new-privileges:true
    restart: always

Editing the Compose & Environment Variables

Please keep in mind that yaml formatting is very specific, so keep things lined up as per the original.

The compose contains all the Arr’s in the overall stack, you can remove any you don’t plan on using by deleting their entire section in the code.

We need to make some minor edits to the compose file in order to make sure the containers use the ‘dockerlimited’ user we created earlier and also let them know which timezone we are located. You will need to edit these in each section noted with ‘#change me’

VariableValue
PUID=Change it to the UID you obtained earlier in the first setup guides
PGID=Change it to the GID you obtained earlier in the first setup guides
TZ=You will need to change this line to your own timezone code – you can find the correct list of ones to use on wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tz_database_time_zones
Key Edits

Once you have made all your required edits click ‘Next’

Nothing to change on the next screen click ‘Next’ again..

On the final screen just click ‘Done’ and you will see a new window appear which will kick of downloading of the required container image and configure the containers.

This can take a couple of minutes to finish as all the images are downloaded and extracted. You should see ‘Code 0’ when it has finished.

Once finished you will see the Project is running with a green status.


Firewall Exceptions

(Skip if you don’t have the Firewall configured)

If you have enabled and configured the Synology Firewall you will need to create exceptions for any containers that have a Web UI or have any incoming or outgoing connections. This section covers the basics of how to add these. (Please note this is a generic section and will not show the specific ports used in this guide however it applies in the same way)

Also, I would like to refer people to the great guide on getting the Firewall correctly configured over on WunderTechs site.

Head into the Control Panel> Security > Firewall, from here click Edit Rules for the profile you set up when you enabled the Firewall.

Next click on Create and you will see the screen below. Source IP and Action will be automatically selected to All and Allow, I will leave it up to you as to your own preference on whether you want to lock down specific Source IPs from having access. In this example we will leave as All.

You will now choose ‘Custom‘ and then the Custom button

Now select Destination from the drop-down menu, most web based containers require TCP access but check the guide as it will show the port and protocol. Then add comma separated ports. Then press OK.

Click OK a couple of times to get back to the main screen. You will see by default the new rule is added to the bottom of the list. You must always have your Block All rule last in the list as the rules are applied top down so move your container up.

You have now completed the Firewall changes and can continue with the guide.

Containers are ready to use

You will now be able to access each of the containers on their respective ports.

AppPort used
LidarrNASIP:8686
RadarrNASIP:7878
SonarrNASIP:8989
ReadarrNASIP:8787
BazarrNASIP:6767
ProwlarrNASIP:9696

Please see the next section which covers the ‘basics’ of each application setup as these usually catch people out. Full documentation can be found on https://wiki.servarr.com/

Key Settings within the Arrs

Settings > Media Management > Root Folders

Each of the Arr’s refer to the place(s) you keep your media as ‘Root Folders’. These are where the app will ultimately move your music/movies/books/shows once they finish downloading. Use the table below to set each of your folders correctly.

AppRoot Folder
Lidarr/data/media/music
Radarr/data/media/movies
Sonarr/data/media/tv
Readarr/data/media/books
BazarrNot required
ProwlarrNot required

Settings > Media Management > Remote Path Mappings

While most of the settings on this page are self-explanatory something that has caught people out is the Remote Path Mappings setting. If you are hosting all your services on the same NAS and in Docker do not add any settings here.

Settings > Download Client(s) > Add your Client > Host and Port

As our containers are all running on the ‘Synobridge’ custom bridge we can use the Gateway IP for this bridge for inter container networking. This will be 172.20.0.1 and the appropriate port for your Client assuming it is running in Docker!

You should now have the basics in place and I 100% recommend having a look at the previously mentioned https://wiki.servarr.com/ documentation as it will help you understand how the Arrs work.



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Published inMedia Management 7.2

139 Comments

  1. Roy Roy

    If you’re consolidating the arr’s to one docker-compose project, why not also the downloader (sabnzbd)? Or asked differently, why keep it separate?

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      It’s one of those things that comes down to user preference. I could add qBittorrent and Deluge in as well, but what if you want those on a vpn and I have seen a lot of people adding the *arrs to the compose from my Gluetun guides. I am slowly rewriting all the guides again to just use Projects over the UI so within each one I will be mentioning that it could be added to the overall compose with the *arrs. In my personal set up I used to have one massive compose with everything in it but it actually started making more sense to break stuff down into categories or certain container stacks to keep things manageable.

  2. Mattsson Mattsson

    what is the benefit of running for example in my case sonarr and radarr as a project versus running these each as a container.

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      The ‘Project’ aka compose is just a different method of setting up the exact same containers. So the benefit is the speed of setup and also gives the flexibility to make changes to the compose that you cannot do in the UI. For example if you want to swap from the Sonarr ‘latest’ image to the ‘develop’ version (v4) the UI setup would require you to delete the existing container and set it all up in the UI again. The compose (aka project) you just swap the tag and hit build.

      • Mattsson Mattsson

        Ok have put sonar and radar in a project (media-project) now.
        do i need to make sure these are pre-booked in network/synobridge and network/bridge?
        I know as you wrote before that in the vpn project it is not needed.

  3. Jesus Salceda Jesus Salceda

    What’s the reason to reunite all these programs in a single container? It’s only a matter of make easier containers management or is there any other reason?

    Thanks

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      The majority of people have all these containers running or a combination of them, so rather than set them all up individually this simplifies things massively from a time perspective vs doing each one via the UI. Also if you want to quickly make edits or swap container versions the compose makes that quicker as the UI doesn’t make a version swap simple.

  4. JR JR

    I’m having trouble setting up the root folder in the ARR programs. Radarr for example. When I try to type /data/media/movies nothing happens. If I select data, there are no subfolders even thought they were set up and I can also see them in file station. Should I add the folder to the compose file instead?

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      This would usually be a permissions issue – can you try recreating the folders using Filestation and double-check the ‘dockerlimited’ user has access to them correctly as per the initial guide – if it is still not working let me know.

    • As an additional tip, I setup a separate “dockerGroup” with the correct permissions, with the dockerlimited being a member of this group.

      Then when doing “id dockerlimited” it showed :
      uid=10xx gid=100(users) groups=100(users), 655xx(dockerGroup)

      So when using the dockercompose, I had to use 655xx instead of 100, otherwise /data would be empty when trying to set the root folders. Kind of makes sense actually, since the “users” group did not have the permissions for the root folders set.

      • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

        Hey – I will have a play around with this – I will spin up a brand-new DSM install, so I can check what the out-of-the-box permissions are now. Thanks

      • Phil Phil

        You are my hero Sir! I thought about this in the very beginning of the setup, then I just lived with the GID 100, and then I forgot about it and had no folders in /data/ … I stumbled across this comment and boom I remembered, changed it and it finally works!
        Also thanks for the detailed tutorial(s) on this page to Dr Frankenstein, you’re a legend!

  5. fp fp

    i followed the individual guide versions versions yesterday and got all the containers working and configured. however i just downloaded an nzb and was expecting it to be moved to the movies folder automatically. could you share how to accomplish this? is this done through prowlarr/overseerr? or do i do this individually for radarr/sonarr/lidarr?

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      If you grabbed an nzb independently from one of the arrs you need to make sure it is in the appropriate category in sab so for example Radarr can track it if it’s in the movies category. It can be a little hit and miss so ideally do a manual search in the Arrs

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