Incorrect or missing information? Getting started

Usenet basics

If you are a beginner with Usenet, you should first find a website explaining the concepts (for example this English and Dutch website explains everything in great detail). You should especially find out about how to get the NZB files that define your downloads. On this Wiki you can find all the information you would need to setup SABnzbd and customize it, if you have trouble please post on our Forum.

Windows & macOS

Download the latest build listed on our download page. For Windows we suggest the installer exe, for macOS we suggest the dmg.

Ubuntu/Debian via PPA

Installation guide.

Other Unix/Linux distributions

Get the latest Python Source Zip listed on our download page.

Installing SABnzbd


Run the installer, follow the prompts. When prompted for installation options, decide if you want SABnzbd to launch in the background when you log in, if you want it to be associated with .nzb files, and if you want a desktop icon created.


Double-click the .dmg, drag the .app to Applications. You're done!

Ubuntu Linux

You already installed it via apt. After installing, edit /etc/default/sabnzbdplus if you want SABnzbd to run at startup.

Upgrading SABnzbd

For all operating systems, to upgrade SABnzbd simply shut down SABnzbd and re-install. In it's a major release (Eg: from 0.7.20 to 1.1.0), it's always better to first finish the queue before updating.

The Wizard

On all operating systems, on first-launch of SABnzbd you'll be presented with our quick-start wizard, which will hopefully get you up and running as soon as possible. Here's a quick walk through the steps of the wizard. All settings in the wizard can be changed later on under the various Configuration pages.

Server Setup

On this page, enter the server information provided by your news host. If you are using SSL, be sure to tick the SSL checkbox. Once you've entered your server details, click the "Test Server" button to determine if the connection works.


You've reached the end of the wizard! Once you've reached this page, SABnzbd will automatically restart. Please wait for it to finish. After a few seconds you'll be presented with a link to http://localhost:8080/sabnzbd. You should bookmark this link, as it's how you'll access SABnzbd in the future.