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  1. Sabnzbd Setup
  2. Sabnzbd Mac
  3. Sabnzbd Synology
  4. AltHUB
  5. Sabnzbd Docker

The easiest way to install SABnzbd on a Windows system is to use the binary distribution (available here). The package is a installer, so run it and answer the questions. To use the installer, you need to be an administrator. The alternative is to unzip our Windows ZIP-distribution file to a location where you have write access.

  1. This image provides various versions that are available via tags. Latest tag usually provides the latest stable version. Others are considered under development.
  2. Troubleshoot Sabnzbd Autostarting. If it fails the Sabnzbd autostart script is not working for Ubuntu then here is a possible fix that solves the problem. Disable the init.d script in case you updated using a different guide. Sudo update-rc.d sabnzbdplus disable. It can be fixed with a delay start by editing /etc/rc.local. Sudo nano /etc/rc.local.
  3. The sabnzbd integration will allow you to monitor and control your downloads with SABnzbd from within Home Assistant and setup automations based on the information. If SABnzbd is discovered on your network, you can enter your API Key in the Configurator. Press “CONFIGURE” to do it. This will create services for interacting with SABnzbd in scripts and automations, but no sensors will be.
  4. SABnzbd is a must obviously, and we’d recommend checking the box for ‘NZB File association’ as well. The desktop icon and run on startup options are up to you, though the desktop icon is definitely handy.

SABnzbd is an open-source binary newsreader written in Python.


It's totally free, incredibly easy to use, and works practically everywhere. SABnzbd makes Usenet as simple and streamlined as possible by automating everything we can. All you have to do is add an .nzb. SABnzbd takes over from there, where it will be automatically downloaded, verified, repaired, extracted and filed away with zero human interaction.


InstallsabnzbdAUR or sabnzbd-gitAUR.

SSL Support

Installpython-pyopenssl to enable SSL support for news servers:

  • Transmission of data from the server to the NNTP client is encrypted, protecting your privacy
  • Decreasing the chances of throttling NNTP traffic done by the ISP.

Archive unpacking

  • Installp7zip and unzip to allow unpacking of archives.


SABnzbd is able to run globally (settings apply to all users) and locally (per user settings). The way of setting up SABnzbd depends on the way it is intended to be used. A local configuration may prove more useful on a desktop system when used by several people simultaneously.

Note: Both sabnzbdAUR and sabnzbd-gitAUR provide the sabnzbd.servicesystemd unit, create the user and user groupsabnzbd, and use /var/lib/sabnzbd/sabnzbd.ini for configuration.

If SABnzbd is started for the first time, the webinterface will present a setup wizard for configuring UI language and a single news server.

Further configuration can be done from within the UI (adding additional servers, setting folder paths etc.) or by editing sabnzbd.ini.

Global usage


Sabnzbd Setup

Add users to the sabnzbduser group to allow read/write access to SABnzbd files.

Running SABnzbd as a user w/ systemd

Alternatively, enable and start the [email protected]myuser.service to run SABnzbd under the preferred user.

Stopping SABnzbd

SABnzbd can be easily shutdown in the web-interface or the systemdsabnzbd.service unit.

It is also possible to shutdown a running (remote) SABnzbd client using the provided API:

Accessing the web-interface

After starting SABnzbd, access the web-interface by browsing to

  • SABnzbd can only be accessed on the running computer. Change host = in /var/lib/sabnzbd/sabnzbd.ini to host = (or the host IP-address) to allow access from another computer.
  • SABnzbd listens on port 8080. Change port = 8080 in /var/lib/sabnzbd/sabnzbd.ini to the preferred port.

See also

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SABnzbd is an open-source Usenet browser built on Python. While it isn’t quite as fast as NZBGet (built with C++), SABnzbd is compatible with a wide range of devices and integrates with the most popular Usenet apps. In a moment we’ll start our SABnzbd review by taking a close look at some of the advantages of using the Usenet downloader over others. There’s a reason why SABnzbd has been downloaded millions of times over the years.


SABnzbd is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. You can download the latest stable version directly from their website. You can also set up the Usenet client to run on Unix, BSD, Synology and QNAP NAS devices. Since SABnzbd runs inside a web browser you can also connect to it using your iPhone, iPad, and Android phone or tablet. The glitter interface gives you a good way to manage SABnzbd downloads from your mobile device.

SABnzbd vs. NZBGet

Both Usenet client’s run in your web browser. The difference starts with the programming language used. SABnzbd uses Python while NZBGet is coded in C++. This gives NZBGet the advantage of using fewer system resources which ultimately makes it faster. That makes it a better solution for Raspberry PI and NAS devices. SABnzbd is compatible with Synology and QNAP NAS devices but isn’t as lightweight as NZBGet.

SABnzbd is a great choice for those who plan to run the Usenet browser on Windows, Mac, or Linux and manage the downloads from iOS or Android. The client is available in 15 languages and is regularly updated. Perhaps best of all, SABnzbd integrates with some of the most popular Usenet apps. The open-source Usenet browser has been downloaded millions of times which keeps developers interested in integrating with SABnzbd.

SABnzbd Features


Sabnzbd Mac

Before we take a look at the SABnzbd user interface I’d like to review some of the key features that make the newsgroup downloader so popular.

Sabnzbd Synology

  • Cross platform – Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD, Synology and QNAP NAS.
  • Manage from mobile – manage downloads from iOS or Android devices.
  • Languages – SABnzbd is available in 15 different languages.
  • Popular Usenet apps – SABnzbd integrates with popular Usenet apps including CouchPotato, Sickbeard, Sonarr, Sickrage, Headphones, and more.
  • News server setup – configure multiple NNTP servers and providers.

SABnzbd News Server Settings

The install process for SABnzbd is quite simple. You start by selecting the preferred language and the desired file location. Once installed you can click on the desktop icon to launch SABnzbd in your web browser. You will once again confirm the desired language and start the setup wizard. The first step will be to enter your new server details as shown below.


The server details screen is where you enter the information necessary to connect to your Usenet provider. This includes the host (news server address), username, and password. You can refer to our list of news server addresses for some of the most active Usenet services. You should have received an email from your provider with the login information. Otherwise you will want to contact their support. You can choose whether to connect with SSL. This can be helpful for ISP’s that throttle Usenet traffic. The default port for either SSL (563) or non-SSL (119) will be auto filled. You can also switch to an alternate port. I suggest using port 443 for SSL if your provider supports it.

Once you have the news server and login information filled out go ahead and click on the Test Server button. It should display “Connection Successful” as shown above. If it comes back with an error then you will want to double check the screen to make sure the information is entered correctly. Once the connection is confirmed go ahead and complete the setup wizard.

Sabnzbd Docker

You can now add an NZB manually or configure SABnzbd to work with your favorite NZB site. Before getting stated you might also want to add more news server addresses. SABnzbd supports multiple news servers and even more than one Usenet provider. Click on the gear icon in the upper right hand corner of the screen to view the config menu. You can click on Servers to enter additional NNTP servers and prioritize them.

As you can see I currently have two news servers set up for Newshosting with their US server set to priority 0 and EU server set to 1. This tells SABnzbd to use the US server first and then fall back on the EU server as a backup. An even better configuration would be to add a third news server for fills. I use a block account from Tweaknews and set it to priority 3 in SABnzbd. This keeps the block from depleting as it’s only used if the content isn’t available on either Newshosting server. Tweaknews is a good choice for fills.

SABnzbd Review : Conclusion

SABnzbd is an extremely popular Usenet downloader. It runs in your web browser which makes it easy to connect from a wide range of devices. I think it’s best suited for those with some technical background. This is especially true for those who want to use some of the integrated apps like CounchPotato, Sickbeard, Sonarr, Headphones, and Sickrage. If you don’t mind taking some time to set it up, SABnzbd will fully automate your Usenet downloads.

If you lack a technical background then you may prefer a native newsgroup reader like Newshosting, Newsbin, and Newsleecher. Most Usenet fans become familiar with the requirements for setting up SABnzbd but it can take some time. You can turn to their forum for help. As you get more familiar with the web interface and comfortable configuring add-ons, I think you’ll be quite happy using SABnzd. Test it out and let us know what you think.