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"Jackett works as a proxy server: it translates queries from apps (Sonarr, Radarr, SickRage, CouchPotato, Mylar, etc) into tracker-site-specific http queries, parses the html response, then sends results back to the requesting software. This allows for getting recent uploads (like RSS) and performing searches. Jackett is a single repository of maintained indexer scraping & translation logic - removing the burden from other apps."


Jackett is available as an app on your Manage page. Select Manage Apps next to the slot you want to use Jackett on. On this page, select Add Jackett and provide your Whatbox password. After a short wait, you can click Open Jackett to open Jackett. You can also access Jackett from your Manage page.

Manual installation (previous installations)

Connect to your server with SSH.


  1. Download the latest version of Jackett

    wget `curl --silent https://api.github.com/repos/Jackett/Jackett/releases/latest | awk '/browser_download_url/ && /Jackett.Binaries.LinuxAMDx64.tar.gz/ { print $2 }' | sed 's/"//g'`
  2. Extract the archive

    tar xzvf Jackett.Binaries.LinuxAMDx64.tar.gz
  3. Start Jackett in a background screen session. Once started, Jackett is accessible at http://server.whatbox.ca:22848

    screen -dmS jackett ~/Jackett/jackett -p 22848
  4. Remove the installation tarball

    rm Jackett*.tar.gz
  5. Open Jackett at http://server.whatbox.ca:22848

  6. At the bottom of the web interface, enter an admin password and click "Set Password". Check the box next to "Disable auto update" and click "Apply server settings".


Your Jackett web interface will be accessible at http://server.whatbox.ca:22848

Automatically Restart

  1. Make a file to be used for the script. touch ~/jackett_restart.cron

  2. Edit the file and enter the text below. nano -w ~/jackett_restart.cron

    if pgrep -fx "/usr/share/jackett/jackett" > /dev/null
        echo "Jackett is running."
        echo "Jackett is not running, starting Jackett"
        screen -dmS jackett /usr/share/jackett/jackett
    • If you have installed Jackett to your slot manually and do not use the server's provided binary, instead of /usr/share/jackett/jackett use /home/user/Jackett/jackett
  3. Save the file with Ctrl+x, y and Enter to accept overwriting.

  4. Make the script executable. chmod +x ~/jackett_restart.cron

  5. Open your crontab. EDITOR=nano crontab -e

  6. Enter the following text at the end of the file.

    @reboot /home/user/jackett_restart.cron >/dev/null 2>&1
    */5 * * * * /home/user/jackett_restart.cron >/dev/null 2>&1
  7. Save the crontab with Ctrl+x, y and Enter to accept overwriting.


In the instance of an update for Jackett your Jackett service may quit functioning correctly. If at any time you run into this issue you can remove the Jackett installation and reinstall the newest version.

  1. Remove the installation folder using rm -r ~/Jackett
  2. Run the first two steps from the Installation section.


If Jackett is unable to use HTTPS sources, run cert-sync --user /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt