NZBGet Review

Last Updated: Feb 03, 2021

NZBGet Review
Rating4 Stars
Pricefree
Retention500 Days
Free TrialNone
FeaturesPopular NZB Downloader
Supports Multiple Platforms
Web Interface

NZBGet is a popular NZB downloader that is currently on version 21.0. Its 21.1 version is also currently being tested and was launched in June 2019. This software is written in C++ and is designed to reach maximum download speed while using very little system resources.

NZBGet supports all major platforms including Windows, Mac and Linux. One of its real standout advantages is that it works very well with low or even under-powered devices, giving it an edge if you have an older computer or use Raspberry PI to handle your downloads.

NZBGet can be integrated with popular NZB sites to fetch and queue NZB downloads, as well as check them for duplicates.

Highlighted Features

Aside from its cross-platform capability and good security, NZBGet is a solid piece of software that has a lot of great features.

  • Web Interface
    • Runs invisible in background; can be accessed and configured through a clean interface.
  • Best Performance
    • Optimized for performance and uses little memory
  • Automation
    • Automatic download, Unrar, Unpack, Par Repair and Post Process
  • Remote Control
    • Automated NZB downloads with RPC-API
  • DeObfustication
    • Accelerates renaming process to help quickly restore lost filenames
  • Flexibility
    • Works fine with media players, routers and NAS devices; including some that are pre-installed by vendors
  • RSS Filters
  • News Server Management
    • Multiple news server with multiple priority levels
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Plans & Pricing

NZBGet is completely free to download and use. However, they encourage users to donate so that the developers can continuously improve the software and support management costs. You can either do a one time donation or an automatic monthly contribution. Simply go to their website and click the donate button. This would redirect you to a PayPal page with an option to either pay via PayPal or through debit or credit card.

Usage Overview

Upon testing, NZBGet runs smoothly and efficiently. The software does not take much of space from your device since it runs on through a web browser. The NZBGet interface has a pretty straightforward look, free from clutter and unnecessary tabs or confusing functions. It has a simple look which can be enjoyed even by the most novice of users.

Nzbget Interface

Installation

To install the program, download the appropriate package from the NZBGet homepage. There is an installer package available for all three popular platforms: Windows, MacOS, and Linux. For a more detailed installation process, see below:

Windows:

  • Download NZBGet for Windows on the NZBGet website
  • Run set-up and install the program
  • Start NZBGet via start menu or desktop shortcut
  • NZBGet opens a browser window (web interface)

Mac:

  • Download NZBGet for Mac on NZBGet website
  • Unpack the downloaded app
  • Start NZBGet.app

Linux:

  • Download installer package for Linux on the NZBGet website
  • Start installer from your terminal and run command (change the installer package file if necessary)
    • sh nzbget-latest-bin-linux.run

NZBGet can also run on other systems like FreeBSD and POSIX. Their website has loads of information on how to install the software on other operating systems.

Configuration

To configure settings according to your preference, go to the “setting” page of the program. There you will be able to find different sections to customize your download experience according to your needs.

You can configure your server settings with your appropriate provider information. And as previously mentioned, NZBGet supports multiple servers and multiple connections.

Nzbget Settings Nzbget Server Settings

You can also customize your search settings as well as edit your downloads.

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Scheduling & Automation

One good feature of NZBGet is that it enables you to automate your downloads, do par-repair if needed, unpack and post-process your files. And through powerful RSS filters, it is able to check for duplicates and fetch NZB files automatically from your favorite indexer.

NZBGet also has a built-in scheduler that allows users to switch servers on and off on certain times, days or weeks. This enables you to control which servers to use in a given time frame.

Usability

With its simple and clean interface, NZBGet provides its users a more convenient and simplified way of downloading NZB files from Usenet. It is virtually clutter-free, making it very usable and easy to navigate. The limited number of tabs available on the web interface allows users to easily control what they do, and with settings fully configurable, you can customize your download experience based on what your preference is.

The settings page of the program has multiple sections from news servers, security, categories, incoming NZBs to logging, scheduling and post-processing scripts. You can also view the status of your activity and of the program itself to know how things are going.

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Aside from that, the NZBGet website provides enough information to support questions and inquiries of the ever-curious Usenet users. Their website has an active forum page where you can get extension scripts, read announcements, discuss with other users and find add-ons that you can use.

Their website also has a forum page where users can get information on support, extension scripts, announcements, features discussion and third-party add-ons.

Conclusion

NZBGet is a popular NZB downloader for good reason. With its wide array of features and clean-looking interface, a lot of users have depended on NZBGet as their downloader of choice. However, this NZB downloader has often been compared to another popular program, SABnzbd, both of which perform well and are likely chosen by users just depending on preference. And while NZBGet is regarded as less user-friendly than SABnzbd, NZBGet would probably be the better option for you if you have a low or under-powered machine.

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