CouchPotato is a an automatic NZB and torrent downloader that lets you fill in what you want to see and CouchPotato will add it to your "want to watch"-list. Every day it will search through multiple NZBs & Torrents sites, looking for the best possible match. Once a correct release is found, it will send it to uTorrent, Transmission, Sabnzbd or any other app you like.

CouchPotato can be run as a Windows Service using FireDaemon Pro, which allows you to have the application start automatically at boot prior to login, start multiple instances of the application and more. This HOWTO will show you how to set it up. You can also use Fusion to manage FireDaemon and other Windows services via a web browser.

CouchPotato Setup Under FireDaemon Pro

Download the latest CouchPotato files from the CouchPotato website.

Install the CouchPotato application. By default it is installed to C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\CouchPotato\application\. Replace "YOURUSERNAME" with your Windows username.

Download and install FireDaemon Pro into the directory of your choice, typically C:\Program Files\FireDaemon.

Next start the FireDaemon GUI from the desktop shortcut. Click on the "Create a new service definition" button in the toolbar (or type Ctrl+N) and enter the information into the fields as you see below. Adjust the paths to suit your installation. Note that no parameters are required.

Now click on the Settings tab. If you DON'T want to see your CouchPotato running, uncheck the Interact with Desktop check box & select “Hidden” from the “Show Window” dropdown. You must run CouchPotato as the user you installed it as. In the Logon Account field type your username (e.g. Administrator) and then enter the user's password twice in the Password and Confirm fields. You can change the Process Priority to allocate more CPU time to Couch Potato or specify which CPU or core CouchPotato will run on (in the case of multi-processor, hyperthreaded or multi-core CPUs). You must change the "Job Type" to "Global Job", otherwise when CouchPotato is restarted, the child processes will not be terminated properly.

Now click on the Lifecycle tab. Uncheck Graceful Shutdown as CouchPotato doesn't respond to it.

Now click on the OK button to install and start CouchPotato! Now go to http://localhost:5050/wizard/ to finish setting up CouchPotato.