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Guides for Windows and macOS

Specific guides to install from source are available for:

Linux platforms


SABnzbd 3.5.0 and higher requires Python 3.7 or higher.
Check python version with python3 --version.

Must-have Python modules

Python comes included with a Python Packages Manager (pip) on many platforms. You can install the required Python modules by simply running the following command from the SABnzbd source directory:
python3 -m pip install -r requirements.txt -U

You might also need the following OS packages:

python3-dev python3-setuptools python3-pip libffi-dev libssl-dev
You might need the python3 package "wheel":
python3 -m pip install wheel

In case sabyenc installation fails, you can read more here.

Start SABnzbd by running:


Multi-language support

To enable multi-language support (and fix mistakes in English texts) you will need to run this command once before starting SABnzbd for the first time and after each major update:

python3 tools/

Must-have utilities


We recommend release 5.5 or higher from the RarLab site or your package manager:


Available through package managers as par2, par2cmdline or via GitHub.
Faster multicore versions of par2 can also be installed, read more here.

Optional utilities


Any unzip command that supports passwords (via -P option) will function. Can usually be installed via package managers, alternatively InfoZip's unzip program can be optained here.


7zip can be obtained via package managers, the command that SABnzbd looks for is 7za or 7z. The package is called p7zip-full or can be obtained from the offical website.