This tutorial shows you how to install SABnzbd on Raspberry Pi 3 so you can download media from Usenet.
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Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: 20 mins +
What You Need:
- Raspberry Pi ($37 on Amazon)
- a Usenet server account (around $8/mo for unlimited downloads using my coupon link)
What next? After a fresh Raspbian install (I used NOOBS), use the steps below to quickly and easily install SABnzbdplus on Raspberry Pi 3 using Raspbian.
How to Install SABnzbd on Raspberry Pi with Raspbian
Use the steps below to configure SABnzbdplus to connect to Usenetserver (the world’s fastest Usenet service provider).
If you haven’t installed Raspbian onto your Raspberry Pi yet, use my How to Install Raspbian on Raspberry Pi tutorial video and written guide. Then continue to install SABnzbd on Raspberry Pi:
- From the Raspbian desktop, go to Applications. (Applications is simply the name of the button in the top left corner that has an icon of a Raspberry. This is the equivalent of the Start button in Windows).
- Then go to Preferences.
- Now select Add / Remove Software to launch the software manager for your Raspberry Pi.
- Search for sabnzbd in the software manager
- Now check the box next to sabnzbdplus-x.y.z-x
- Click Apply. Enter your password. The default Raspbian password is raspberry
- Wait for SABnzbdplus to install. This usually takes a few minutes.
- The Ïnstalling Packages progress bar will disappear when itś done
- After itś done installing, click Applications
- Then click Internet
- Then select SABnzbd+ to launch SABnzbd. Your browser will launch to localhost:8080/wizard/
- Select your language (usually English) and click Start Wizard
- Enter the following Server Details, replacing johndoe with your username and mypassword with your password:
- Host: news.usenetserver.com
- Port: 119
- Username: johndoe
- Password: mypassword
- Connections: 8
- SSL: Do not check the SSL box. Leave it unchecked.
- Note: Before you connect or test the connection, you MUST be connected to Usenetserver via VPN. Being connected to a Usenet server VPN is essential to complete this How to Install SABnzbd on Raspberry Pi tutorial.
- Click Test Server.
- If successful, click Next, If not, start over.
- In the Access section, click I want SABnzbd to be viewable by any pc on my network
- Click Next. Then click Next once more to skip past the Indexer section. We can set up Indexers later.
- Then SABnzbd+ restarts. After SABnzbd plus restarts, you will be in the SABnzbdplus Dashboard!
- You can access SABnzbdplus any time by going to http://localhost:8080/sabnzbd/ in your browser. Just make sure you started SABnzbd+ before you enter the address in your browser. If SABnzbd isn’t started, launch it by going to Applications – Internet – SABnzbd+.
After You Install SABnzbd, Set up UsenetServer:
Here’s my tutorial video on how to Set Up UsenetServer in SABnzbd:
After you’re done installing SABnzbd, scroll down a bit and use the How to Test SABnzbd After Install section on this page to make sure things are good to go!
If you found this How to Install SABnzbd on Raspberry Pi tutorial useful, you might also like my How to Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi video tutorial & written guide.
SABnzbd support programs: unrar yenc par2
After you install SABnzbdplus, make sure you use the command below to install unrar, yenc, and par2.
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These programs help SABnzbd+ do its thang (unrar enables SABnzbd to extract files, yenc and par2 help SABnzbd repair damaged downloads):
Run this command to install unrar, yenc, and par2 to assist SABnzbdplus download movies and other media for you:
- sudo apt-get install unrar yenc par2 -y
To download your first movie from Usenet, follow the steps below!
How to Download Your First Movie From Usenet:
The steps below show you how to download movies from Usenet. Use these steps to test SABnzbdplus After Install on Raspberry Pi 3:
- Go to binsearch.info in your browser.
- Search for Big Buck Bunny.
- Download the NZB file for Big Buck Bunny.
- Go to the SABnzbdplus window in your browser. Then click Add NZB.
- Find and select the NZB file you just downloaded (the one we got from binsearch.info for Big Buck Bunny):
- After the NZB file is added, SABnzbdplus should now show the new download in the main SABnzbplus Dashboard.
- Let the download finish – it may take awhile depending on factors like your Internet speed, your Usenet server speed, etc.
One way to test your connection to Usenet is to try a different NZB-downloader program quickly. This will tell you whether or not your problem is with your SABnzbd software install or your connection to the Usenet server.
How to Install LottaNZB Usenet Downloader
Use LottaNZB (free) for Raspbian to A) test your connection to Usenetserver, or B) have an alternative to SABnzbd for downloading media files via Usenet
Just use the Add / Remove Software to install LottaNZB Usenet Downloader. Then use Lotta NZB to download a test media file by going to binsearch.info in your browser. Then search for Big Buck Bunny in binsearch.info and download a .NZB file that appears in the results. Add the NZB file to Lotta NZB and see whether or not it downloads. If it downloads just fine, then your problem is with the SABnzbd app, not your Usenet connection. However – if LottaNZB does not download files properly, then you should check your Usenet connection. This is standard Usenet troubleshooting – so don’t lost focus. You’re almost there!
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SABnzbdplus Won’t Download?
If you have trouble with SABnzbdplus not working, then try these troubleshooting fixes:
- Check your Usenet VPN connection first.
- After that, check your SABnzbdplus settings to make sure you entered your Usenet VPN info correctly.
- Re-test SABnzbdplus using the last steps of the process at the top of this page
How to Connect Raspberry Pi to Usenet Server (BulletProof Method)
When I had problems downloading from Usenet with SABnzbd, it was due to technical problems with my Usenet VPN connection.
To fix this, I simply did the Connect to Usenet VPN process using an ASUS router from Amazon instead of using the Internet connection settings in Raspbian OS.
How to Create an Always-On Usenet-Connected WiFi Network
- The fastest, easiest, best way to connect Raspberry Pi to Usenet VPN that I’ve found is to just get a $28 VPN-enabled ASUS RT-N12 router from Amazon.
- Then use my VPN tutorial video that shows exactly how to set up Usenet server on the ASUS RT-N12 router.
- After that, you simply connect your Raspberry Pi to the ASUS router’s WiFi signal – and BOOM – the Raspberry Pi is always connected to your Usenet server through the ASUS router!
- This way, you don’t have to mess with pesky VPN settings in the Raspbian operating system. Trust me – I spent many moons trying to get various VPN configurations working by just using the built-in VPN software in Raspbian. Finally, after I simply used the ASUS RT-N12 to connect to my VPN or Usenet server, I was relieved because it was so easy and fast. So, I strongly recommend you don’t waste time trying to set up a Usenet VPN connection with the built-in Raspbian VPN sotware. Instead, go the easy route and get an ASUS RT-N12 from Amazon – then set that bad boy up with my tutorial video.
How to Install CouchPotato on Raspberry Pi with Raspbian
1. Enter sudo apt-get update
2. Then enter sudo apt-get install git-core libffi-dev libssl-dev zlib1g-dev libxslt1-dev libxml2-dev python python-pip python-dev build-essential -y
3. Now enter sudo pip install lxml cryptography pyopenssl
4. To install CouchPotato, enter sudo git clone http://github.com/RuudBurger/CouchPotatoServer /opt/CouchPotato
5. Now, to make the Raspberry Pi user the owner of CouchPotato, enter sudo chown -R pi:pi /opt/CouchPotato
Usenet Programs to Automate Downloads
Want to see more programs that automate Usenet downloads on Raspberry Pi? Here’s a short list:
Music: Headphones, Sonarr, Radarr
TV Shows: Sickbeard, Sickrage, SickGear
Movies: CouchPotato, Mylar & LazyLibrarian
CouchPotato extension gets movies from:
IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Apple Trailers