Have all movies in a single folder.

Foebik asked for this feature about 2 years ago — 97 comments

Foebik commented about 2 years ago

Please give us the option to NOT use movie folders. I would like to have the option to have the movie files go straight to a root directory.

And example of this in CP is the option under the renamer.

Default folder where the movies are moved/copied/linked to To: H:\Movies\

Forgive me if this was previously requested. I did a quick search and did not see it. Or if I am just being blind and its somewhere I haven't looked yet.

| khaoohs commented about 2 years ago

+1 for this request. Movies can be in a single, flat folder. Supporting files for a movie should be named the same as the movie.

Hellboy.mkv Hellboy.nfo Hellboy-banner.jpg Hellboy-clearart.png Hellboy-disc.png Hellboy-fanart.jpg Hellboy-landscape.jpg Hellboy-logo.png Hellboy-poster.jpg

| mow4cash commented about 2 years ago

+1 It's so much cleaner this way

| JourneyOver commented about 2 years ago

how exactly is this cleaner @mow4cash ?? having the layout like so

D:\ --> D:\Movies -----> D:\Movies{movie name} and then inside that folder have the stuff below

{movie name}.mkv {movie name}.nfo {movie name}-{picture stuff}.jpg

it's honestly so much cleaner than having all the pictures and nfo and movies scattered around in a single folder..

So I honestly hope if this does become a thing, it's just an option that you can turn on or off.

| Foebik commented about 2 years ago

All we want is a check box JourneyOver. I personally dont use or need all those supporting files. I just need the video file. So one file per directory is messy for me. Having them all in a flat directory is easier for me to admin by just looking at a list were I can find and sort by such things as file size.

Hope that clears up why some of us would perfer this 'option'.

HitsvilleUK commented about 2 years ago

JourneyOver, although I totally agree with your view on what is a cleaner layout, I also see no harm it being an option for those who prefer flat folders. Fear not though, even if it does get implemented flat folders would have to be toggled off by default. Otherwise Radarr becomes dead to any Plex user (possibly Emby too.) Personally I would also prefer to see an option to lock the chosen selection.

| screwyluie commented about 2 years ago

Can we have middle ground as well? I like having them sorted alphabetically in folders... I know, I'm difficult

| bradmurray commented about 2 years ago

+1. Many people just have one file per movie. It makes no sense in this case to have folders. My metadata is managed by my clients in their own space.

| SlothCroissant commented about 2 years ago

+1. I use Plex, and as such all poster art, etc is stored in Plex's application data directories - I have one file for nearly every movie, since MKV can store subtitles in the container as well. I use one flat folder for movies, and Plex works with it just fine. I'd love to import my movies into Radarr, but it can never find any for obvious reasons. A more flexible folder scheme would be ideal - either a checkbox for the end user, or some logic built in to know the difference without asking (like Plex must have).

irespek commented about 2 years ago

+1. Would love to see it implemented as an option. Thank you.

HitsvilleUK commented about 2 years ago

@ryanborstelmann . You do realise that Plex is one the Media apps that instructs using separate folders for each movie? If it works for you then great... Just saying !! :-)

| SlothCroissant commented about 2 years ago

@HitsvilleUK, Indeed I do, but when I first moved to Plex, that's how my movies were organized - Plex just smiled and worked like a charm!

At this point, every service can handle the flat folder structure (including Sonarr!), so I'm really hoping Radarr supports it soon! It's easier for me to use Radarr in a nerfed state without media handling than rebuild my Plex and Sonarr libraries :D

| geogolem commented about 2 years ago

i prefer having it all in one folder too as thats how i have been maintaining my stuff... so I would like to see it implemented as an option at least...

| geogolem commented about 2 years ago

someone else also made another request for this: http://feathub.com/Radarr/Radarr/+75

| nzlittleman commented about 2 years ago

+1 having the option is no harm to anyone but good for those that like it.

Currently I Radarr isn't picking up the fact I have a heap of movies as they aren't in folders. Regards them as 'missing' (or is that something I've set up wrong?).

linds1234 commented about 2 years ago

This is an interesting one.

I spent a couple of days moving all my movies from a flat folder structure, to a per folder structure. I actually preferred flat (which Emby actually worked fine with, so it can be flat or per-folder from that perspective). But radarr wouldn't import any movies that weren't in a folder so I bit the bullet. I then had to rename all the files to include the word "Bluray" in there so the download quality would get detected correctly (instead of HDTV).

For some people flat folder structure is neater as they have no other metadata info populating it. I'm all for the option.

| bradmurray commented about 2 years ago

+1 this is the only reason I haven't switched from CP

| talisto commented about 2 years ago

+1, this is hugely beneficial when using cloud storage providers, as having Plex scan for new content from the cloud would only require one directory list instead of having to scan through hundreds of subdirectories (which results in accounts getting temporarily banned on Google Drive).

| nzlittleman commented about 2 years ago

Is there an option to put them all in folders easily or without this option would we need to create and move them manually like linds1234 did? If I had to do that - sorry, but I'd stick to CP which is a shame because so far I'm loving everything else.

| xxredxpandaxx commented about 2 years ago

+1 to this.

bfeist commented about 2 years ago

+1 Plex user. No need to force a certain folder structure.

| Drewster727 commented almost 2 years ago

+1 This really should exist. I do not and will not have a folder for each movie. :)

| darknessgp commented almost 2 years ago

+1 for me. This is a must have. I do one file per movie, and I'm not restructuring my files because Radarr is too strict.

| mfeuhrer commented almost 2 years ago

Just found Radarr and it already works better for me than CouchPotato did, but this subfolder thing is bugging me to no end. As others have commented, I do not want to change my entire library around just to make Radarr happy. Please include the option to disable subfolders.

| DarrenMcCall commented almost 2 years ago

I prefer a single root folder for the majority of my films also. Please add this feature.

| ghallford commented almost 2 years ago

I also need this feature for my movies. No folders option please.

| fryfrog commented almost 2 years ago

I'm guessing that this feature doesn't exist primarily because Radarr is a fork of Sonarr. In Sonarr, there is no option to have your shows all in a single folder because that would be chaos. It allows a show's files to be in a single folder named after the show (or in season sub folders). My guess is this is deeply ingrained into how Sonarr works and changing it would be a non-trivial amount of work, cause it to diverge even more from Sonarr and really only make a small number of people happy. I suspect most people don't care that their movies are in folders and about as many people want folders as don't want folders.

bobbintb commented almost 2 years ago

I was kind of bummed when I found this out because Sonarr has great code and I was looking for a CP alternative. I only have video files and I keep them in one folder. It's not as simple as just putting them in subfolders as my torrent client does not and I already have hundreds seeding. I'd have to manually change location for hundreds of files in my torrent client.

I'm really excited about this program but am unable to use it until this is fixed. Hopefully it's one of the first to get resolved. Like someone already said, I'd imagine this affectsite the large majority of Plex users. I don't even really think it needs to an option. Can't it just be changed to scan all sub folders from root instead of going one level from root?

galli-leo commented almost 2 years ago Admin

As fryfrog mentioned: It will take a lot of rework to get this feature to work. We definitely want the support for that in before the first release. But idk how long this is gonna take.

galli-leo commented almost 2 years ago Admin

Sadly it's not as simple as a checkbox in the UI or else we would have done it a long time ago. I wouldn't expect the feature to be in until at least April. In the meantime we have a wiki article how to convert your existing collection.

| sgtfrankieboy commented almost 2 years ago

Stuck with Couch Potato till April then. I'm wondering what the technical limitations are though?

| rkmfl commented almost 2 years ago

Like many others, this is the single feature I'm awaiting to run Radarr.

I share my media collection with several low-tech friends/family that have players which simply browse the file library for files with video extensions. For this reason, and many others, I prefer a single, flat directory structure.

I have Radarr all configured and running, just waiting for the day I can switch-over from CP. Radarr is everything I wanted in a CP replacement, with the single exception of requiring a separate directory for each movie.

Of course I'll donate in the event this is implemented and I can begin using Radarr as my movie fetcher.

Thanks for the excellent work!

| mzaur commented almost 2 years ago

Same here. Switching back to CP until this is resolved. I donated to Radarr anyway but cannot use it because of this. And a few other reasons (it's still a bit buggy with automatic downloading)

| JamzTheMan commented almost 2 years ago

+1 Plex user, However, I'm OK with Radarr saving files in folders for now (Plex doesn't care!)

BUT, if you could get bulk import/import existing to work with single file, that would be great...

jt70471 commented almost 2 years ago

+1 for optional movie folder, just like couchpotato does... Specify a template for the folder if you want folders or blank for all movies in a single folder, etc.

| epheterson commented almost 2 years ago

Have the developers given any timeframe on when we can expect this feature?

| epheterson commented almost 2 years ago

It's actually here : https://github.com/Radarr/Radarr/issues/153

Apparently functional on a development branch and will be merged in after testing. (As of Mar. 10)

gsemet commented almost 2 years ago

I was using a plain folder before and now I feel the confort of having one folder for each movie.

| rkmfl commented almost 2 years ago

@epheterson - thank you for the github link.

It's unfortunate that thread is the source for the feature request because it's convoluted wording.

Either way, it appears that Sonarr has not implemented this and no one has begun work on this feature.

It's a bummer for those of us who have donated yet still running CP, eagerly hoping to see this feature!

dellipse commented almost 2 years ago

Personally, I would like it to have it do something like {Movie TitleTheFirstLetter}{Movie TitleThe} ({Release Year}) which would look like A/Awesome Movie, The (2000)

mythrandir52 commented almost 2 years ago

I have all my movies organized like below. I group the movies by year and then all the movies for a year go into the same folder. I cant even set the folder to just use the year it requires the movie title in the folder name. Movie \ 2013 2014 2015

| Drewster727 commented almost 2 years ago

any updates on this? Appreciate all the hard work!

| iVirus commented almost 2 years ago

Recently found Radarr - very promising alternative to CP! Thank you for the effort.

I have not looked through the code. Would it be possible to allow an empty "Movie Folder Format"? Thusly disabling subfolers?

| MrDevanWright commented over 1 year ago

Found radarr a few weeks ago and appreciate it so much more than CP. Thank you radarr team! It is very frustrating having a folder for every movie, so if anyone finds a work around before the devs, let me know.

| Miloune commented over 1 year ago

Same as @MrDevanWright Hope we can get this feature as soon as possible.

| deadlyknapsack commented over 1 year ago

I discovered Radarr just today. Absolutely brilliant. The one option I am missing is this. Reason I would like to have movies in a single folder? I use OSMC/Kodi and have the ability to delete files with a single button on my TV remote. If a file is within a folder, the folder is not deleted. This causes cluttering. Looking forward to seeing this option!

damonnk commented over 1 year ago

Would love this as well. It's currently "unuable" for me. Sticking with CP untill this is added.

| JoshuaBarnette commented over 1 year ago


| LanMan04 commented over 1 year ago

+1 Please!

| Lipsyte commented over 1 year ago

+1. Just finished setting up Radarr, and found out the hard way that there was no option for a flat folder. I know it takes time, but this would be a major feature to have. Plex does the job of sorting everything. Thanks !

| shamo316 commented over 1 year ago

+1 need this so I can movie everything over to

| msreef commented over 1 year ago

Cmon guys this is an essential feature for many users!

| Biffaboy commented over 1 year ago

This is what I am waiting for.

takiyon commented over 1 year ago

Same here just started using Radarr but not using it as much as I could since all of my movies are single files in the root folder. Radarr does not expect this and does not find files. I still use it to download inside of a VM, once complete I move the movie file into the root Radarr folder and delete the other junk. I would be awesome if Radarr would just assume it is in the root folder.

| driz commented over 1 year ago

saw the pics/featured, like it, installed it, saw this feature was lacking, went back to cp.

| Devo-McDuff commented over 1 year ago

Like most other people here, this is a show stopper for me. Would be great if it could support flat folder structures but it doesn't seem likely to happen.

matmuilwijk commented over 1 year ago

+1 from me.

I have a home-build linux server, and I use external drives to store my media. All those drives are mounted through the FSTAB, and therefore linux sometimes has trouble checking all of these subfolders out.

Plex, my frontend, doesn't see every movie because of this, and this is kind of an issue.

AndriMar commented over 1 year ago

If you are tired of waiting and don't mind having movies in nested folders then I created a bash script to create and folder and with the same name as the movie without the extension and moving the movie to the new folder. https://gist.github.com/AndriMar/116b3b1afb21130d615dbf8427adc504 If you want to try it just comment out the mv and mkdir command then no changes are made to your hdd

| f00kie commented about 1 year ago

+1, Installed Radarr only to find out this isn't an option and promptly uninstalled. Looks like this request is 10 months old; will this ever be implemented?

| PeterAOBell commented about 1 year ago

Have just been forced to move from using CP (with which I was very happy) because the IMDB API appears to have changed, and CP hadn't been updated to cope. Why do I want the complication of adding an extra level in the directory paths to all my movies? All my movies are in mkv containers and I have no need for additional files. Even if I wanted the complication of extra directory for each movie, it would screw Kodi - I'd have to re-index everything and lose historical information such as the 'watched' flag. Please, please, please remove the enforcement of the multi-level directory structure. In the meantime, how can I eliminate the error messages that fill my log files: "17-12-13 15:38:34.7|Error|DownloadedMovieImportService|Import failed, path does not exist or is not accessible by Radarr: /ReadyTorrents/Jason.Bourne.2016.1080p.BluRay.x264-SPARKS[rarbg]"

| thomaswelton commented about 1 year ago

-1 I don't think it's that much cleaner. Also flex has a feature that will rescan a directory when it detects changes. If you keep all your movies in on directory this scan takes much longer than expected. I swapped to Radarr from CP today and hit this problem myself. I needed to move all movies from my root dir into movie folders. It was very easy to do with a bash script.

| robert-alfaro commented about 1 year ago

All this back and forth...what's wrong with flexibility and allowing preferences? Personally, I prefer flat folder structure, but I respect those who want/need otherwise. We just need a checkbox.

| jdchandler commented about 1 year ago

I do not use any supporting files and sort my movies by year on my storage server. I would love to use Radarr but can not support it or use it until there is the option to not use a folder PER movie.

| Letoh01 commented about 1 year ago

I also sort movies by year and do not want a folder for each movie.

| Grimshad commented about 1 year ago

I also sort movies by year so i can't use radarr until it supports this file structure. M:\Movies[year][moviename] - [(year)][moviename] - [(year)].ext

| n8klayko commented about 1 year ago

I would also like to see this added in a future release as an option. I do not want my movies kept in separate folders as there is no real advantage to this for file storage or media management

| ludwich commented about 1 year ago

plz add this feature

djismgaming commented 12 months ago

+1, if it is an option of course. Or just have a way for radarr to detect movies on the folder we give it to automatically import them and move into separate folders? :D really great software! sonarr and radarr are two permanent apps in my mac mini as media server @ home

| takedat1 commented 11 months ago

+1 for a flat folder option. I was hoping radarr would be a drop-in replacement for couchpotato, but without this feature,it is not. All other features look awesome.

| jake661 commented 11 months ago

Has there been any progress on this feature? It's holding back many users including myself from using Radarr

| iguandae commented 11 months ago

This feature is the make it or break it feature for me. I already use Sonarr and love it! Couchpotato is getting long in the tooth and no longer functions 100%. This one feature is keeping me from using Radarr! Please make this feature a priority thanks for all your work !!

| biship commented 11 months ago

+1 please

| MattTwinkleToes commented 11 months ago

I think this is a crazy backwards step that only benefits people who already have a messy ¨i just threw it all in one folder¨ approach to media management - all i ask is that if this feature is ever implemented, please include the option to disable it for the rest of us.

Perhaps, the people that want this feature might instead be better served by having some kind of helper that will organise their legacy directories for them.

eturk1 commented 11 months ago

I just installed Radarr because CP just doesn't find anything any more. But, forcing everyone to make a folder for each file of a type, refusing to allow like type files in a common folder... is just opinion. Imagine Lightroom forcing every photo to be in it's own folder... "because it's cleaner"? Or force us to put evey MP3 in a separate folder within an album folder?

Since they want to force their opinion.... you guys have a suggestion other than Radarr & CP for those of us who think like filetypes belong in the same folder?

| Ephellon commented 10 months ago

I'm new to the party, but I prefer having flat folders. I use Plex, so I don't have to worry about metadata too often.

| beardybuck commented 10 months ago

+1 New to Sonarr and Radarr, and also a plex user. It's a headache not supporting the flat structure. Don't want to fork out £20 for filebot when the software I use does everything I need but import movies in a flat file structure!

| SBRK commented 10 months ago

+1 pretty please

| WAELDIAB commented 8 months ago

please get it done. i love to use radarr without folder.

| hanthecat commented 8 months ago

+1 here. The only reason I haven't switched over from couchpotato is the lack of this feature.

majorsl commented 8 months ago

+1 as well. Emby user and it handles all the metadata in it's own database. There is no need for my to have a single movie in a folder. Thank you!

| hodgeac commented 7 months ago

+1 It defeats the purpose of the automation if I have to go manually clean it up and move the files to the root directory. Please allow us to use a single flat directory!

syncretic commented 7 months ago

+1 I don't need anything else besides the .mkv files and having an entire folder for a single .mkv file is unnecessary.

| iguandae commented 6 months ago

+1 I tried Radarr again today but still this feature request/fix has not been done, looking forward to this. simply using CP for automation of moving renaming/files

| Faerus commented 6 months ago

Still using CP because of this missing feature :(

Tylan commented 5 months ago

I just found Radarr and would really love this feature. Please add it! I don't want movie folders.

mutagenocide commented 4 months ago

+1 Pppppplease !

| rootchord commented 4 months ago

+1 yeah, this is really annoying. i have terabytes of movies...and radarr won't see any of them.

| thelke commented 4 months ago

+1 this is over a year old. Any news on it?

| JoshDi commented 3 months ago

+1 until this feature is added, I will be unable to switch to Radarr

| andro42 commented 2 months ago

+1 for flat folder structure.

| hanthecat commented 2 months ago

3500 movies in my collection. 1 file per movie unless there is a seperate .srt sub file. Folders for each movie make no sense for me and is the only reason I havent switched from couch.

| davetempleton commented about 1 month ago

All I need is to be able to import my existing movie collection which isn't in folders. I don't care if new downloads by Radarr go in subfolders. I can't use lists until I import all of my movies otherwise it will download dupes.

Aste88 commented about 1 month ago

FYI if you open the sqlite db (with radarr stopped) and run this query update NamingConfig set MovieFolderFormat = '.'; radarr will put movies in a single folder (on linux, no idea how win handles it). On the downside it just deleted ALL the external subtitles I had and still won't scan properly. I don't really wanna learn C# ...

| Renns8 commented about 1 month ago

+1 for flat folder structure. Been waiting years for this. Is there any chance this will actually be implemented? I really hope so.

Oshinigami commented about 1 month ago

I wouldn't expect the feature to be in until at least April.

That was 2017, it's nearing April 2019 and still no word on having movies downloaded in the root folder? My movies are all kept individually in flat folder structures like most of the people in this thread. Really hoping this becomes available soon, I've put off using Radarr for over a year because of this issue...

| kmshort commented 10 days ago

+1 I've given up on couch potato its movie search function is now missing the mark for me quite often. I've been using Sonarr for ages and love it. Sonar is happy to bulk import a bunch of tv shows from one directory and file them nicely into folders (even season based) if one wants, or even just rename them into a single folder. My files are named in a format, that if stuffed into a folder of the same name, would be identified by Radarr.... so why not allow us to just use the filenames if we want to??

| kmshort commented 10 days ago

that last comment of mine reads like incoherent garbage sorry... the last sentence should read: IF my files are named in such a way that Radarr would normally recognise a folder using the same name, why not provide an option to just use the filenames?

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