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FlexGet is a program aimed to automate downloading or processing content (torrents, podcasts, etc.) from different sources like RSS-feeds, html-pages, various sites and more.

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FlexGet is a multipurpose automation tool for content like torrents, nzbs, podcasts, comics, series, movies, etc. It can use different kinds of sources like RSS-feeds, html pages, csv files, search engines and there are even plugins for sites that do not provide any kind of useful feeds.

There are numerous plugins that allow utilizing FlexGet in interesting ways and more are being added continuously.

FlexGet is extremely useful in conjunction with applications which have watch directory support or provide interface for external utilities like FlexGet.


FlexGet is installable via pip with the command:

pip install flexget

For more detailed instructions see the installation guide.

How to use GIT checkout

Check that you have Python 2.6 - 2.7 available with command python -V.

In some environments newer (or older, if your distro is on python 3,) python might be available under another name like ‘python26’ or ‘python2.7’ in which case you need to use that one instead of plain ‘python’.

To start using FlexGet from this directory:

Prerequisites for
  • Either put the wheels for setuptools and pip in the directory resides.

  • Or install (a recent version of) the virtualenv package to your system.

After the prerequisites for are finished, run the following commands:


This will initialize python virtualenv and install all required dependencies in it.

If you need deluge or transmission libraries from system wide python use:

python --system-site-packages

After that FlexGet is usable via <checkout directory>/bin/flexget. Verify installation by running:

bin/flexget -V

You may also place the configuration files in ~/.flexget (Unix, Mac OS X) or C:\Documents and Setting\<username>\flexget (Windows).

If you don’t want to use virtualenv there’s file which can be used to run FlexGet without bootstrapping, note that you will need to install all required dependencies yourself.

Custom Virtualenv

If you want to hack on flexget, but don’t want to use paver bootstrap because you want to keep your virtualenv outside the repo. You can setup your own virtualenv and easily install flexget with in that virtualenv.

# Create virtualenv and source active it. pip install paver

pip install -e . # with in the repo.

This will install all the flexget dependencies. Now flexget should work just fine.

Happy Hacking.

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