Manual Search: let user choose what to download

hennning asked for this feature about 6 years ago — 16 comments

hennning commented about 6 years ago

Let the user do a manual search to choose any Quality or Release to download. Possible scenarios when this could be useful:

  • When you don't want to wait for a release with the higher quality you normally want and can settle with a SD release.
  • You want to download a SD release for practical reasons to move to a mobile phone on the road where you have limited storage.
  • Subtitles in other languages than English are often limited to one type of release or Scene releases and you want to specify what release you want when downloading an episode or a season pack.

Reference ticket: #989 (

| miigotu commented about 6 years ago

I plan to start on this feature soon. Really liking the way it will make the constantly improving UI feel, and should make a lot of users happy.

We are nearing a stage where 1 or 2 features of this size can be worked in without breaking SR too much.

c0derMick commented about 6 years ago

It would be great if there was a way to download the higher quality show when it did become available automatically. I have manually put some of my shows down, just to get the episodes, but I would still like to get them in better quality if they become available.

| mjjstorey commented about 6 years ago

Along with this feature it would be great to be able just to paste a magnet or torrent URL in directly to allow for issues with searches

| cr08 commented about 6 years ago

This. I always prefer HD where I can get it. However there's a few shows that very rarely post in HD. I'd like to have these more or less be run as 'grab the first thing that becomes available with no care for quality or release group, upgrade to HD later if it becomes available'. Sounds like it would be very similar to proper searches actually.

| alzeric commented about 6 years ago

I think handling this sorta how CouchPotato does would be good, if you are not familar with it it pulls a list of torrents it "thinks" is the closest match to what you are looking for and you can then choose which one you want.

| hennning commented about 6 years ago

So, any news about this? Or any other feature for that matter. Would be nice to be able to see what you are working on right now, maybe some time schedule somewhere that shows when you plan to start working on different improvements.

| hennning commented about 6 years ago

Would have really needed this today. I had set up The Big Bang Theory to get auto downloaded on 720p HDTV. It downloaded a version that for some reason had 0 seeders and 400 leechers and has been like that for several hours now. I tried deleting the torrent and manually set the status to Wanted, but it tried to download the same torrent again even though there were other torrents with the same quality available.

If I had just been able to manually search I could've told SickRage to download another version instead.

This just shows how automation can't handle everything because there is always gonna be unforeseen errors that'll need a manual touch. This is also a perfect example to why we need the same implementation for subtitles as requested here:

| hennning commented about 6 years ago

Ok, just realized I could set the status to Failed and it would ignore that release, so I guess there were a manual handling around that issue :)

But still, automation works great in a perfect world. Unfortunately we don't live in a perfect world.

| oxygala commented about 6 years ago

Here's one example why we should be able to choose what to download: Today, I tried to add Danish hit series "Forbrydelsen" (The Killing) to SickRage through the "Add a Show" feature. The interface could find and add the show. However, as it automatically changed the show's name to "The Killing" and searched it on torrent sites that way, it downloaded the utter crap American nonsense named "The Killing" adapted from the Danish original. Also it failed to find the Swedish series "Bron/Broen" because it automatically changed the name to "The Bridge." This is annoying. We need this feature. Urgently.

| duelistjp commented about 6 years ago

Would like this as well maybe also a cutoff for quality as well where it downloads the best it can find and keeps upgrading air finds better tool it reaches a cutoff quality

| hennning commented about 6 years ago

Once again I encountered a situation where Manual Search would help me alot. Pretty Little Liars had a special episode today, but SickRage can't find it even though it's there. If I could just press a "search" button in SickRage and it would bring me the latest episodes uploaded to my providers it would help me alot, especially when working on a phone.

Also, this if getting quite ridiculous with this FeatHub. It's been live for over 2 months now, this feature has been number one from day one. Only 20 cases has been closed and you got 264 open. Don't get me wrong, you guys do a wonderful job and put a lot of your free time to ease our lives. But we get no info (that I could find anyway) about what you do and what you work on. For example, why has your number 1 requested feature not been implemented after 2 months? I'm sure there is a reasonable explanation to it. I'm just so tired of going into this request hoping to see an update from a developer.

| hennning commented almost 6 years ago

And again Automatic Processing failed for me. Added Victoria's Secret Fashion Show to download this years show but it could not find anything even though I know it's there. If I only had a "Manual Search" button to manually type in "Victoria's Secret" and then choose the episode I know it is things would be so much easier.

| sudobbq commented almost 6 years ago

I am running into the same problem. Sickrage is choosing the same NZB on the second, third (and so on) attempt. +1 for manual nzb selection!

| sege5641 commented over 5 years ago

Manual Search is already available its called find it yourself.

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