Overview

tvtgrab

Tvtgrab automatically downloads TV shows you've got tagged as favorite from http://tvtorrents.com. It does not require setting up complicated watch directories using external torrent clients. You can set a default quality you wish to download, and the default quality can be overridden per show.

Tvtgrab is available from: https://bitbucket.org/fboender/tvtgrab/

(Non-) Features

The following features are supported:

  • Automatically download episodes from your Favorites RSS feed.
  • Define default quality of shows to download.
  • Define quality to download per show.
  • Email notifications of newly downloaded episodes.
  • Move and rename episodes using custom directory/filename formatting.
  • Download rate limiting/throttling. Optionally only limit during a certain part of the day.
  • Alert on low disk space

The following features are NOT, and WILL NOT be supported:

  • Seeding (See the FAQ)

Requirements

Installation

Debian / Ubuntu / Mint

  1. Download the .deb.

    ( https://bitbucket.org/fboender/tvtgrab/downloads )

  2. Install with

    $ sudo aptitude install python-libtorrent
    $ sudo dpkg -i tvtgrab*.deb
    
  3. Configure tvtgrab by editing /etc/tvtgrab/tvtgrab.conf. The configartion file contains descriptions about which options are available and how the operate.

  4. Start with:

    # /etc/init.d/tvtgrab start
    

From source

  1. Download the .tar.gz

    ( https://bitbucket.org/fboender/tvtgrab/downloads )

  2. Unpack the archive:

    $ tar -vxzf tvtgrab.tar.gz
    
  3. Install libtorrent bindings for Python. If you're on a Debian-based system...

    # aptitude install python-libtorrent
    

    Otherwise:

    http://www.rasterbar.com/products/libtorrent/building.html
    
  4. Configure tvtgrab by editing tvtgrab.conf. The configartion file contains descriptions about which options are available and how the operate.

  5. Start it:

    $ ./tvtgrab --start
    
  6. Watch the tvgrab.log file for errors:

    $ tail -f ./tvtgrab.log
    

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Why doesn't Tvtgrab support seeding?

    A: Although some clients try to automate seeding, I view seeding as a manual operation; something that isn't well suited to include in an automated grabber. Seeding introduces a whole range of new problems, such as how long to seed, etc. Other than that, seeding single episodes is usually rather pointless, especially when doing it over a sucky ADSL connection, which just so happens to be the place where I watch shows. Yet another reason is that seeding is considered illegal in my country, while downloading is not.

  • Q: I want to seed. How?

    A: Use something other than tvtgrab. If you really must, you can seed episodes downloaded using tvtgrab using any normal torrent client. You can find the .torrent files in your home directory: ~/.tvtgrab/seen/. You should point your torrent client's download directory to tvtgrab's destination directory.

  • Q: Can't you implement seeding?

    A: I can, but I won't. I will also not accept patches, bugs or feature requests regarding seeding, nor will I engage in discussions regarding seeding. Feel free to fork if you think seeding from tvtgrab is a good idea and wish to implement it. That's why it's MIT licensed.

License

tvtgrab is licensed under the following (MIT) license:

Copyright (C) 2012 Ferry Boender ferry.boender@gmail.com

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

Feedback

Send bugs, suggestions, patches, etc to:

ferry.boender@gmail.com