The easier way to install Sick Beard on Windows?

Sick Beard is a wonderful set and forget python script to automatically download and pass TV show torrent files to torrent downloaders (eg. Transmission) or NZB files to NZB downloaders (eg. SABnzbd+). TV shows will be downloaded as they are available, renamed, and moved to your library. In this post, I will describe a easier way to install SickBeard on Windows. It works wonderfully with XBMC. Recently, I published posts on how to install CouchPotato V2 on Ubuntu and install CouchPotato V2 on Windows. This post describes, how to install Sick Beard on Windows. [Read: Install SickBeard on Ubuntu in few simple steps]

Sick Beard Features

Install Sick BeardSick Beard is a PVR for newsgoup users (with limited torrent support). It watches for new episodes of your favorite shows and when they are posted it downloads them, sorts and renames them, and optionally generates metadata for them.

A detailed post on SickBeard's features and how they compare with its rival NzbDrone was presented in an earlier post. Sick Beard is very similar in operation to CouchPotato except that it works for TV Shows. If you install Sick Beard correctly, all the above functions should work flawlessly giving you an automatic Usenet downloads and organization of TV Shows. Without further delay, lets install Sick Beard.

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Step 1: Install Sick Beard using Windows Binaries

Download the latest Windows binaries from here. Extract the downloaded .zip file to whichever folder you want Sick Beard to run from. Installation is now done. It is as simple as that.

Extract Sick Beard
Extract Sick Beard

Step 2: Start Sick Beard

Before starting Sick Beard, I recommend creating a copy of the file autoProcessTV.cfg.sample in the folder autoProcessTV. Rename the copy to autoProcessTV.cfg.

Create Autoprocesstv.cfg File
Create Autoprocesstv.cfg File

Then, to start Sick Beard all you have to do is to open the SickBeard.exe file within the extracted Sick Beard folder. The first time Sick Beard starts you may asked by Windows Firewall to allow access to Sick Beard:

Sick Beard Windows Firewall
Sick Beard Windows Firewall

Sick Beard should now open up in your browser window automatically. If not, Sick Beard runs on port 8081 by default. So you can access the Sick Beard web interface by going to:


If your Sick Beard is on your internal network and port 8081 is not blocked, you can also access it through its network IP address (see example below):

If you have port forwarding enabled on your router and you have a domain name referring to your server running Sick Beard, you may also view it through the internet using your domain name:

For now, http://localhost:8081 should so.

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You may update Sick Beard by clicking on the "Update Now" notification that would appear on top of the screen whenever there is an update available. As pointed out above, it may take several days for the developer to update the Windows binaries.

Sick Beard Update Notification
Sick Beard Update Notification

Step 3: Configure Sick Beard

After you install Sick Beard, you can configure it as described in the following post: How to Configure Sick Beard?. It explains all the settings in detail with screenshots. After configuring your Sick Beard, you may return to this post and continue. In order to make Sick Beard function properly, you will have to install and configure SABnzbd to listen to downloads requests from Sick Beard. Refer to my SABnzbd installation guide and configuration guide to properly automate downloading TV Shows. As mentioned earlier, you also require a reliable Usenet account. You may get a free Usenet account as described in this post, or go with a reliable Usenet service from Astraweb or Newshosting.

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Step 4: Autostart Sick Beard

Autostarting Sick Beard is easy. Create a shortcut to SickBeard.exe file and move/copy the shortcut to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup folder as shown in the picture below.

Sick Beard Windows Binaries Shortcut
Sick Beard Windows Binaries Shortcut

Optional Improvements

Thats it. You are now fully done. Install Sick Beard and enjoy.

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Anand is a self-learned computer enthusiast, hopeless tinkerer (if it ain't broke, fix it), a part-time blogger, and a Scientist during the day. He has been blogging since 2010 on Linux, Ubuntu, Home/Media/File Servers, Smart Home Automation, and related HOW-TOs.