Install SaBnzbd Ubuntu – Via the command line

In this SABnzbd install tutorial. We are going to install SaBnzbd on the Ubuntu operating system. We do this via the command line. In this tutorial we assume that you are using Ubunu 12+ or higher. If your use a old version. That you should use a different command. Then that is described here.

Install SABnzbd Ubuntu

Before we can install SaBnzbd. We need to be sure that it has been added to /etc/apt/sources.list. We do this in the following way:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jcfp/ppa

Next, we need to execute the next command.

sudo apt-get update

Now we can install SaBnzbd. Through the next command.

sudo apt-get install sabnzbdplus

Then Ubuntu asks for the password of your root account. If this is give up press enter. And SaBnzbd is installed.

When this is done. You can start SaBnzbd with the following command.


SABnzbd is now installed.

Start SABnzbd automatically

It is of course useful if SABnzbd is started automatically when the PC is switched on

So we are going to do this.

sudo nano /etc/default/sabnzbdplus

You will now be asked for your root password. Specify this and press Enter.

Now go to the next line. Enter here the user name with which you are logged in on your Ubuntu.


If this is adjusted you must also adjust the following rule.


I use port 8085 myself. Because my internet provider is blocking 8080. And I want my SABnzbd also available outside my own network.

Now press Ctrl + X. To exit and to save.

If it went well. You must be able to execute the following commands:

sudo service sabnzbdplus start


sudo service sabnzbdplus stop

If SaBnzbd is running, you can access it via http: // localhost: 8080 Unless you install SaBnzbd on another computer. Then it is something of

Install latest version of Winrar Ubuntu

I also recommend that you install the latest version of Winrar. It is not always necessary. But in the past SABnzbd could not handle the latest rar files well. So it is always good to install the latest Winrar.

We must be sure that unrar-free is not installed. Because this can cause problems during unpacking. So we will remove that. Purge ensures that the settings of unrar-free also are deleted.

sudo apt-get purge unrar-free

The command below ensures that you go to your main directory.


Now we are going to download Winrar. You can find the latest version of unrar here You only need the command line version. With wget you download winrar to your computer. A new version is released regularly. So look at for the correct url.


Then unpack Winrar.

tar xfv rarlinux*

We’re going to the rar folder.

cd rar

Copy Winrar to the correct folder.

cp unrar /usr/bin/

You are now done with the installation of Winrar.

Ubuntu Sabnzbd tutorial

  1. Sabznbd tutorial.
  2. Install SABnzbd via the command line.
  3. Configure Sabnzbd Ubuntu.

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