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Runs SickGear based on the develop branch
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SickGear dockerized

This image aims to be a best practices compliant docker image for SickGear.
There are no moving parts inside the image and the image can be invoked with
the --read-only flag.

The image is intentionally kept small and is based on the Alpine variation of
the Python image.


Since SickGear operates on external data, the /incoming and /tv volumes
need to be mounted. The most simple form of running the image is:

docker run -v /storage/incoming:/incoming -v /storage/tv:/tv -v /storage/sickgear-data:/data -p 8081:8081 ressu/sickgear

Data persistence

This image stores data by default in /data, the path can be adjusted with
APP_DATA environment variable. Usually this volume is mounted to a physical
location for ease of access.

warning: The image will automatically adjust the ownership of /data volume
to match the userid of SickGear

Updating the image

Manual updates

This image follows the idea that the container should be ephemeral. This means that the image does not update itself internally. Update procedure is simply shutting down the image, pulling an update image and starting the new image in place of the old one

An example update would be something like:

docker kill <container-id>
docker pull ressu/sickgear
docker run -v /storage/incoming:/incoming -v /storage/tv:/tv -v /storage/sickgear-data:/data -p 8081:8081 ressu/sickgear

Automatic updates with Watchtower

If you want automatic updates, you can use watchtower. Watchtower is a small utility packed inside a container that periodically tries to update containers.

You can use watchtower as follows:

docker run -d --name watchtower \
  -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock \
  centurylink/watchtower \
  sickgear watchtower

The last two parameters define names of the containers you want to watch. By default Docker launches containers under randomized names. If you want to change your SickGear container to a certain name You need to add a --name <containername> to the run command. For example:

docker run \
  --name sickgear
  -v /storage/incoming:/incoming \
  -v /storage/tv:/tv \
  -v /storage/sickgear-data:/data \
  -p 8081:8081 ressu/sickgear


By default there are 3 volumes for easy access. The default volumes are
preconfigured in SickGear for ease of use.


The default location for SickGear databases and configuraiton files is set to
/data, this volume will also contain the SickGear cache, since it is by default
set to the same location


In the default configuration /incoming is marked as the post-processing


Default configuration includes /tv as the show root directory.


Outside of /data, the file permissions are not adjusted automatically, so if you need
to modify the user id (via APP_UID), you need to make sure that the user has
proper permissions for the /incoming and /tv volumes.

Environment variables

Since it is not recommended to run services as root, the image supports
switching users on the fly. Here are some of the central environment variables


Numeric user id for the service. On startup, the /data volume ownership is
changed to this user. Default user id is 0 (root)


Numeric group id for the service. Useful for making files available for the
video or users group.


Location of the application data. Default value is /data.

The ownership of the path in APP_DATA is changed to match APP_UID.


You can use the TZ environment to adjust the default timezone of the service.

Exposed ports

By default SickGear listens on port 8081, this port is exposed from the image.

The develop image

To ease testing and development, there is also a variant of this image that
includes git. It can be installed by using the image ressu/sickgear:develop


A complete example of running the service with a certain UID and timezone would be:

docker run --rm -it -e APP_UID=1000 -e APP_GID=44 -p 8081:8081 -v /storage/sickgear-data:/data -v /storage/tv:/tv -v /storage/incoming:/incoming -e TZ=Europe/Berlin ressu/sickgear
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