Incorrect or missing information? Folder Setup

SABnzbd uses a number of folders for different purposes, some are just for internal administration. Given that some folders can become very large, you may want to relocate them. The following table explains the purpose of each folder, its default location and its keyword in the INI file. All folders can also be changed through the Web-GUI.

The expression %userprofile% is for Windows: your personal folder in C:\Users\ which can be directly entered in Run (WindowsKey+R). For Posix (Linux) ~ means your home folder.

NOTE The paths of the log_dir, admin_dir will be relative to the location of the INI file unless a fixed path is set.
The download_dir, complete_dir, dirscan_dir are relative from the current users home directory.

NOTE You can set fixed paths such as D:\Downloads, or /Volumes/nameofdrive/Downloads. However, the path must be accessible to SABnzbd when it is launched otherwise it will be reset to the default path.

Configuration file sabnzbd.ini

XP/2003 %userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\sabnzbd\sabnzbd.ini
Vista/Win7/Win10 %userprofile%\AppData\Local\sabnzbd\sabnzbd.ini
Posix ~/.sabnzbd/sabnzbd.ini
macOS ~/Library/Application Support/SABnzbd/sabnzbd.ini

Temporary Download Folder download_dir

Here SABnzbd collects the data for each download and error correction (par2) is done. When complete, the data is moved to the complete_dir. There should be enough space to contain the largest complete job + 10% for error correction data.

Windows %userprofile%\Downloads\incomplete
Posix ~/Downloads/incomplete
macOS ~/Downloads/complete

Complete Download Folder complete_dir

Here all completed download jobs are stored. Each job is placed in a separate folder, named after the NZB file that started it. You want to put this on a volume with plenty of room.

Windows %userprofile%\Downloads\complete
Posix ~/Downloads/complete
macOS ~/Downloads/complete

Administrative directory admin_dir

Used for the internal administration of the job-queue and history.

Windows %userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\sabnzbd\admin
Posix ~/.sabnzbd/admin
macOS ~/.sabnzbd/admin

Log directory log_dir

Here SABnzbd's logging is stored. Altough only needed for troubleshooting, you must have this folder. Growth of this folder is normally limited to 5 MB.

Windows %userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\sabnzbd\log_dir
Posix ~/.sabnzbd/logs
macOS ~/.sabnzbd/log_dir