We already shown how to install Cardigann on Docker commandline, which works on all platforms: Windows, Linux, and Mac. Cardigann is a proxy server for adding new indexers to Sonarr, SickRage and other media manager. For people who don't prefer commandline installation, we presented Kitematic Docker GUI for Windows. In this post, I will show you how simple it is to install Cardigann on Docker using Kitematic GUI for Docker engine. Unfortunately, at this point, there is no Kitematic like tool for non-Windows environment. Therefore, you can only install Cardigann using Kitematic on Windows systems.
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Install Cardigann on Docker using Kitematic
If you still do not know about Docker, I strongly recommend our guides on what is Docker and its installation on Windows and Ubuntu. In short, Docker allows installing home server apps such as Cardigann as self-contained containers, making it easy to install and manage them. No complicated Cardigann setup procedures. So, without further ado let's see how to install Cardigann using Kitematic Docker GUI.
If you have not setup Kitematic yet, follow our Kitematic Windows Guide to set it up first.
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1. Search for Cardigann Docker Hub Container
Once Kitematic is open and connected to your Docker engine. Search for "Linuxserver Cardigann" in the search box as shown in the picture below.
There are several Cardigann container images available on Docker hub. We are going to install LinuxServer's container. If you want to see all available Cardigann containers, search for just "Cardigann". I typically get the containers with high like and download numbers. LinuxServer's containers are widely used (needo and timhaak are other good ones). You may certainly try other containers. Remember, one of the advantages of Docker is that it isolates containers from the base OS and therefore you cannot damage your OS.
2. Create New Cardigann Container
Once your figure out which Cardigann container image you want to use (in this case LinuxServer's), hit the "Create" button as shown in the picture above to install Cardigann on Docker. The Cardigann container image will start to download as shown below. But not for Cardigann.
3. Setup Cardigann using Kitematic
Once Cardigann Docker Hub container image is downloaded, Kitematic will use the image to create a new container with Cardigann. Wait for the container setup to complete.
When done, you will see the "RUNNING" status and the Cardigann web access link or URL and port, as shown in the picture above.
4. Setup Docker Volumes for Cardigann
By default, Docker containers will save any data in the containers folder in C Drive (User's folder) and Cardigann won't have access to folders outside that. For most apps, you will have to make some changes in the Docker Volumes section shown below.
Do not setup a folder for "config" as this often leads to Cardigann database corruption. So there is really nothing to change here.
5. Change Cardigann Port Number
Before accessing Cardigann, I recommend changing
MAC IP:PORT. Under Settings -> Ports for the Cardigann container, you can change the access port to the default port number or anything of your liking. If I let Docker decide the port number, I noticed that sometimes the container does not start, possibly due to port conflicts. While manually changing, if you choose a port number that is already being used by another service, Kitematic will notify you. You will then have to choose a different port number. In this case, I set the
MAC IP:PORT to the same as
DOCKER PORT for Cardigann (ie. 5060). This allows you to set port forwarding on your router and access Cardigann from outside your home network. Make sure to restart your container after making the port change.
Access Cardigann Container on Docker
You may then access Cardigann on your web browser using the URL or Link displayed in the "Home" tab or under "Ports".
If Cardigann opens up in your browser as shown above, you are all set. Notice how much more simple it is to setup Cardigann using Kitematic than commandline? Now you can use additional torrent services provided by Cardigann in Sonarr, SickRage, CouchPotato, etc. If you prefer Jackett instead of Cardigan, please check our other guide on install Jackett using Kitematic. Sounds exciting? Go ahead install Cardigann on Docker using Kitematic GUI and make your home server better.