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Read all about FlexGet here.

If you do not have a configuration already, you can look around starting off with something like this config.yml:

web_server: yes

  - tasks: '*'
      minutes: 1

  test task:
      - My Favorite Show

Put this file in your data/config folder as config.yml.

For a much better FlexGet config.yml example take a look at the bottom of this page.


docker create \
    --name=flexget \
    -e PGID=<gid> -e PUID=<uid> \
    -e WEB_PASSWD=yourhorriblesecret \
    -e TORRENT_PLUGIN=transmission \
    -e TZ=Europe/London \
    -e FLEXGET_LOG_LEVEL=debug \
    -p 5050:5050 \
    -v <path to data>:/config \
    -v <path to downloads>:/downloads \

For shell access whilst the container is running do docker exec -it flexget /bin/bash.


  • -e PGID for GroupID - see below for explanation
  • -e PUID for UserID - see below for explanation
  • -e WEB_PASSWD for the Web UI password - see below for explanation
  • -e TORRENT_PLUGIN for the torrent plugin you need, e.g. "transmission" or "deluge"
  • -e TZ for timezone information, e.g. "Europe/London"
  • -e FLEXGET_LOG_LEVEL for logging level - see below for explanation
  • -p 5050 for Web UI port - see below for explanation
  • -v /config - Location of FlexGet config.yml (DB files will be created on startup and also live in this directory)
  • -v /downloads - location of downloads on disk

Torrent plugin: Transmission

FlexGet is able to connect with transmission using transmissionrpc, which is installed as the default torrent plugin in this container. For more details, see

Please note: This Docker image does NOT run Transmission. Consider running a Transmission Docker image alongside this one.

For transmission to work you can either omit the TORRENT_PLUGIN environment variable or set it to "transmission".

Torrent plugin: Deluge

FlexGet is also able to connect with deluge using deluge-common, which can be installed in this container, replacing the transmission plugin. For more details, see

Please note: This Docker image does NOT run Deluge. Consider running a Deluge Docker image alongside this one.

For deluge to work you need to set TORRENT_PLUGIN environment variable to "deluge".

Daemon mode

This container runs flexget in daemon mode. This means by default it will run your configured tasks every hour after you've started it for the first time. If you want to run your tasks on the hour or at a different time, look at the scheduler plugin for configuration options. Configuration is automatically reloaded every time just before starting the tasks as scheduled, to apply your changes immediately you will need to restart the container.

Web UI

FlexGet is able to host a Web UI if you have this enabled in your configuration file. See the wiki for all details. To get started, simply add:

web_server: yes

The Web UI is protected by a login, you need to either set the WEB_PASSWD environment variable or setup a user after starting this docker:

Connect with the running docker:

docker exec -it flexget bash

If your configuration file is named "config.yml" you can setup a password like this:

flexget -c /config/config.yml web passwd <some_password>

Now you can open the Web UI at http://<ip-of-the-machine-running-docker>:5050 and login with this password, use flexget as your username.

Note: if you ever change your password in a running container, don't worry. Recreating or restarting your container will not simply overwrite your new password. If you want to reset your password to the value in WEB_PASSWD you can simply remove the .password-lock file in your config folder.

Logging Level

Set the verbosity of the logger. Optional, defaults to debug if not set. Levels: critical, error, warning, info, verbose, debug, trace.

User / Group Identifiers

TL;DR - The PGID and PUID values set the user / group you'd like your container to 'run as' to the host OS. This can be a user you've created or even root (not recommended).

Part of what makes this container work so well is by allowing you to specify your own PUID and PGID. This avoids nasty permissions errors with relation to data volumes (-v flags). When an application is installed on the host OS it is normally added to the common group called users, Docker apps due to the nature of the technology can't be added to this group. So this feature was added to let you easily choose when running your containers.

Flexget CLI

Updates / Monitoring

  • Upgrade to the latest version of FlexGet simply docker restart flexget.
  • Monitor the logs of the container in realtime docker logs -f flexget.


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