How to Access Sonarr Outside Local Network: Watch Your Favorite Shows from Anywhere

If you’re a fan of Sonarr and enjoy using it to manage your TV shows, you probably wish you could access it from anywhere. Good news! You can! In this article, we’ll walk you through setting up Sonarr so you can manage your media collection from anywhere with an internet connection. Let’s get started!

Making Sonarr Accessible Remotely

Before we begin, let’s go over some basic terms to help you better understand the process. This guide will help you set up remote access to Sonarr using your public IP address and port forwarding.

  1. Find Your Public IP Address

Your public IP address is a unique number assigned to your home internet by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). To find your public IP address, follow these simple steps:

  • Open your favorite web browser (like Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari).
  • Type “what is my IP address” in the search bar and press Enter.
  • Your public IP address should be displayed at the top of the search results.
  1. Set Up Port Forwarding

Port forwarding is a way to make a specific service (in this case, Sonarr) available from outside your home network. To set up port forwarding, you’ll need to access your router’s settings. The process may vary depending on your router, but generally, you can follow these steps:

  • Find your router’s user manual or search online for instructions on how to access your router’s settings.
  • Log in to your router’s administration interface using your router’s username and password (often found on a sticker on the router or in the manual).
  • Look for a section called “Port Forwarding,” “Virtual Servers,” or “Applications.”
  • Create a new port forwarding rule for Sonarr by entering the following information:
    • Local IP address: This is the IP address of the device where Sonarr is installed (you can find this in your router’s settings or on the device itself).
    • Port number: Use the default Sonarr port, which is 8989.
    • External port: Choose an available external port (you can usually use the same number as the internal port).
  1. Configure Sonarr for Remote Access

Now that you’ve set up port forwarding, it’s time to configure Sonarr to allow remote access. Follow these easy steps:

  • Open Sonarr on the device where it’s installed.
  • Click on the “Settings” button (usually a gear icon) near the top of the screen.
  • Go to the “General” tab.
  • In the “Security” section, make sure the “Bind Address” is set to “*”, which allows connections from any IP address.
  • Click “Save” at the bottom of the page.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully set up Sonarr for remote access. Now you can manage your TV shows from anywhere with an internet connection by entering your public IP address and the external port number you chose earlier in your web browser’s address bar (e.g.,

Remember that your public IP address may change over time, so you might need to repeat step 1 to find your new IP address if you have trouble connecting in the future. Enjoy your newfound freedom to manage your media collection from anywhere!


Q: What if my public IP address changes frequently?

A: You can use a Dynamic DNS service, which assigns a unique hostname to your changing IP address. This way, you only need to remember the hostname instead of the IP address. Many routers offer built-in support for popular Dynamic DNS services.

Q: Is it safe to access Sonarr remotely?

A: Opening any service to the internet comes with some risks. Make sure to use a strong, unique password for Sonarr and your router’s administration interface. Additionally, keep your router’s firmware and Sonarr software up to date with the latest security patches.

Q: Can I access Sonarr from my smartphone or tablet?

A: Yes, you can access Sonarr using the web browser on your mobile device by entering your public IP address and the external port number, just like on a desktop computer.

Q: What if I can’t find the port forwarding settings on my router?

A: Check your router’s user manual or search online for your router model and “port forwarding.” Some ISPs may not allow port forwarding or restrict certain features. Contact your ISP for more information.

How to Access Sonarr Outside Local Network Summary

This article shows you how to access Sonarr outside your local network, allowing you to manage your TV shows from anywhere with an internet connection.

By finding your public IP address, setting up port forwarding on your router, and configuring Sonarr for remote access, you can enjoy the convenience of managing your media collection on the go.

Don’t forget to check the FAQ section for additional tips and troubleshooting advice.

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