It’s been a while, but I’ve finally come around to installing couch potato on my Ubuntu NAS box.  Thanks to my brother-in-law, who sent an e-mail to me that day regarding couch potato, I felt motivated to get it installed. However, what should have taken only maybe 30 minutes or so ended up stretching into two hours.

I had done a quick google search on installing couch potato on Ubuntu and come up with Ainer’s fine instructions and another page (on how-to-forge)on creating the ultimate NAS.  Both had great instructions, don’t get me wrong, but they were instructions for couch potato v1… which is unfortunately EOL’d.  As I happily attempted to install couch potato v1 using the instructions, I came across different instructions on the couch potato website which conflicted with what I was doing.  Needless to say I had burnt through an hour on this already.

Fortunately, I came across a wonderful site ( that explained everything for me and got me up and running in no time.  (thank you very much Anand, this helped me greatly)

And for those of you with short attention spans and just want the steps in raw form, then here they are:

sudo apt-get install git-core python
cd ~
git clone git:// .couchpotato
sudo cp ~/.couchpotato/init/ubuntu /etc/init.d/couchpotato


sudo nano /etc/init.d/couchpotato

Edit the following then save (CTRL-O) and exit (CTRL-X) (replace user with your username):

# path to app

# user

Then back at the terminal prompt, set the script to executable and add to the boot script.

sudo chmod +x /etc/init.d/couchpotato
sudo update-rc.d couchpotato defaults

Now, the next time you boot couch potato server will auto-run.  Optionally you can manually start and stop the service by the following commands:

sudo /etc/init.d/couchpotato start
sudo /etc/init.d/couchpotato stop

And there you have it.  Navigate on over to (or whatever your NAS IP is with 5050 as the port) to start the configuration wizard. has a great guide for that too.  Happy downloading!


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  1. You are welcome buddy. Enjoy your CouchPotato.

  2. Where I started:
    “And for those of you with short attention spans and just want the steps in raw form, then here they are:”

    Where I ended:
    “You are welcome buddy. Enjoy your CouchPotato.”

    Thank you for this guide ^_^

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