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Sick Beard is a Personal Video Recorder for newsgroup 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. It currently supports, NZBMatrix, NZBs'R'Us, Newzbin, Womble's Index,, TVTorrents and EZRSS and retrieves show information from and


Install the sickbeardAUR[broken link: package not found] package.

Start/enable sickbeard.service.


Daemon will not start

Sickbeard's systemd script attaches the app to /run/ If starting sickbeard fails and journalctl states:

Unable to write PID file: No such file or directory [2]

you can:

  • reboot
  • run: systemd-tmpfiles --create

This will create the directory, based on /usr/lib/tmpfiles.d/sickbeard.conf which the sickbeard package installs.

You can read more about this problem in this forum thread.