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In this guide, I will show you how you can integrate Sonarr, the popular PVR (personal video recorder) software, with Home Assistant. I will cover the basics as well as the more advanced custom Upcoming Media Cards along with the Sonarr Upcoming Media integration available for the Lovelace UI.
Sonarr tracks and automatically gathers data from indexers for TV shows. It is a popular, and in my opinion, a far superior, alternative to Sick Beard and SiCKRAGE and is essential for anyone wanting to automate their downloads of TV shows.
Using Sonarr, you can monitor TV shows you’ve already downloaded for missing episodes, and it will automatically search for new episodes.
Disclaimer: If you’re downloading a TV shows for which you don’t already own a physical copy, you are probably parking the law. Only ever download what you have the right to do so. Home Assistant Guide not condone piracy in any shape or form.
A word on Sonarr v3
Sonarr v3 is an upcoming update that will introduce a ton of new stuff. The interface has been redesigned, there will be search filters, and Drone Factory has been removed to just name a few changes. Sonarr v3 will be compatible with everything described in this guide. However, this guide was created using the latest stable release.
Integrating Sonarr with Home Assistant
The Sonarr integration has been migrated to the UI and thus couldn’t be easier to set up. Click on Configuration in the menu and select Integrations. From there, click on the big + button and search for Sonarr.
Next, you’ll want to open up Sonarr and enter the settings. Under General look for your API key (make sure you never share this key). Copy the key and head back into Home Assistant. Enter the Sonarr API key along with the host (IP address), path to the API (can be left as it is), and Sonarr’s port. If the information you entered is correct, you should be notified of the successful integration.
By default, only one of the six entities will be enabled. To enable all you can click on 1 service and then select Activity Sensor. Under entities expand the five disabled entities. You can click on each individual entity and enable it.
Sonarr sensors in Home Assistant
This integration will give you six sensors to work with. Let’s go through them one by one.
Sonarr Commands (sensor.sonarr_commands)
This sensor will display the commands Sonarr is executing. Is this useful? Not for me personally. I use Sonarr more or less as a “set it and forget it” service. I’m not all too interested in what Sonarr is doing at any given minute.
Tells you how many episodes are currently in your queue.
Sonarr Shows (sensor.sonarr_shows)
This sensor monitors how many shows you have added to Sonarr in total and will list each show as an attribute. This one could be useful if you like adding nice graphs to your Lovelace UI.
Sonarr Upcoming (sensor.sonarr_upcoming)
Tells you how many episodes are listed as upcoming and lists those episodes as attributes.
Sonarr Wanted (sensor.sonarr_wanted)
This sensor monitors how many episodes are listed as wanted and will list those shows as attributes.
Is that all?
At this point, you might be wondering if what I’ve just listed is everything you can do with the Sonarr. Because let’s be honest for a moment, none of the sensors is really all too useful. But don’t worry, there is more!
Display upcoming episodes in Home Assistant
Thanks to a custom integration and a custom Lovelace UI card you can display upcoming episodes in your frontend. For this to work you will have to install two components from HACS:
The Upcoming Media Card can be customized using the variables given on the GitHub page. Using it with the Sonarr Upcoming Media integration, you can create Lovelace cards such as the one below.
About Liam Alexander Colman
Liam Alexander Colman is an experienced Home Assistant user who has been utilizing the platform for a variety of projects over an extended period. His journey began with a Raspberry Pi, which quickly grew to three Raspberry Pis and eventually a full-fledged server. Liam's current operating system of choice is Unraid, with Home Assistant comfortably running in a Docker container.With a deep understanding of the intricacies of Home Assistant, Liam has an impressive setup, consisting of various Zigbee devices, and seamless integrations with existing products such as his Android TV box. For those interested in learning more about Liam's experience with Home Assistant, he shares his insights on how he first started using the platform and his subsequent journey.