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SABnzbd Review

SABnzbd is one of the best-known NZB downloaders out there. It’s completely free and is packed full of features that allow you to make the most of your USENET access. There’s a bit of a learning curve involved, but it’s well worth it. The price? Completely free.

Note: The other big option out there is NZBGet, and we compare it with SABnzbd below.


Installation is remarkably easy. An installer for Windows is available, on Mac OSX there’s nothing more involved than putting the .dmg file in your applications, and on Ubuntu Linux, you can use Apt to install the program.
Once you get the install running, you can set up remote access and your servers right from the prompt. It even gives you cosmetic options, allowing you to customize the look and feel of the program.

TIP: Always use SSL. There’s a checkbox for that option in your Quick Start wizard.
After the wizard completes the process, it will restart the program and you’re good to go.

Using the Program

SABnzbd will run on port 8080 by default. If you’re confused, open up your browser and go to localhost: 8080. If the SABnzbd interface doesn’t show up, you’ll have to do a bit of troubleshooting to figure out what’s blocking it, but you can change the port from within the program options.

Once you have it open, your configuration, status and other options are all laid out for you on the page. The settings are available from the config menu. A sampling of the screens is shown below.

Sabnzbd Config
Configuration Main Screen

Add a new server


Scheduling NZB Downloads


Adding RSS Feed to automate downloading

When you download an NZB file, just click on it to open it and SABnzbd will take over.


Technical Details

SABnzbd is written in Python, giving it cross-platform support. It runs on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux. The standout feature with this downloader is the support for automation that’s built into it.

SABnzbd has very comprehensive configuration options, all of which are available through the web interface.

SABnzbd Versus NZBGet

NZBGet is another great downloader. It has one important difference with SABnzbd in terms of APIs.

SABnzbd allows for restricted use of API keys, which provides security for the program. NZBGet isn’t any less secure, but it handles security differently, via a Username/Password system.

Either downloader is a fine program. Which one works for you will depend upon which security arrangement you prefer or, if you’re a complete novice, which option is easier for you to get going with.

If you have a low-power machine, NZBGet might be a better option for you, and some users report that download speeds are a bit faster with NZBGet.

Fans of SABnzbd claim that they get better results streaming on this downloader than they do on NZBGet, but both programs are free, so trying each for yourself is certainly worth the effort.


SABnzbd is very popular, and for good reason. It’s fast, secure and minimally intrusive.
Like many of the other great tools for USENET fans, it’s free and supported by a community that constantly improves and upgrades it.

Whether it ends up being your preferred downloader or not, SABnzbd is worth trying, and has consistently been a popular choice for handling NZB files.

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4 Comments about SABnzbd Review

  1. Skywalker on October 31st, 2010

    I love sabnzbd! I found a very convenient way to push something in the download queue from wherever I am (as long as I have internet;-)):
    I use to manage RSS feeds that my sabnzbd at home subscribes to. First you have to add one of those RSS feeds to Feederator. Once you created a new feed you will automatically get a new address for that feed (something like “” in my case), but you decide which download posts make it to that outgoing feed. With one click on “publish” the download appears this outgoing feed. As soon sabnzbd starts reading this feed for the next time it will start downloading…
    By the way: you need a valid Google Account to log into Feederator, since it Authenticates with Google credentials…

  2. Arto65 on December 28th, 2010

    1) sabnzbd is one of the only usenet client that will run on a nas. The nas will download and unpack the archives for you.
    2) Compatible mobile apps. Mynzb on iphone is great: You can search on your phone and seamlessly send the command to your computer/nas to download the nzb.
    3) integration with nzbmatrix and Newzbin. Downloads can then be renamed, sorted in categories… From the information on the website.
    4) other integrations: xbmc, Sickbeard…

  3. John on August 16th, 2011

    I cant even subscribe to a newsgroup from my news provider. I dont need other feeds. What kind of reader is this?

  4. Jypy on April 25th, 2014


    I’ve made this usenet client working on IOS. You need a jailbroken device.

    More info on my

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