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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.


Install sabnzbdAUR or sabnzbd-gitAUR.

SSL Support

Install python-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


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.service systemd unit, create the user and user group sabnzbd, 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

Start/enable sabnzbd.service.

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

Running as a user

Alternatively, enable and start the sabnzbd@myuser.service to run SABnzbd under the preferred user.

Stopping SABnzbd

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

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

$ curl "http(s)://host:port/sabnzbd/api?mode=shutdown&apikey=API-key"

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.

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