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Incorrect or missing information? Getting started

Usenet basics

If you're 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 obtain NZB files that define your downloads. On this Wiki you can find all the information you'll need to setup SABnzbd and customize it. If you experience 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 (e.g. from 0.7.20 to 1.1.0), it's always better to finish the queue first before updating.

The Wizard

After launching SABnzbd for the first time, you'll be presented with our quick-start wizard which will hopefully get you up and running as soon as possible. All settings can be changed later in the various Configuration pages.