SABnzbd+ v0.5: Hits Beta 3 with even better features for effortless downloading

// 15th Dec '09 SABnzbd+ v0.5: Hits Beta 3 with even better features for effortless downloading

You might wonder why we keep jabbering on about ol' SABnzbd+, but it really has revolutionised the way we download ourselves. No starting programs, no folder tidying, no manual repair or extraction, no clearing up files afterwards. Granted these can all be taken care of with other applications, but for free? Not in most cases.

Being an open source application, development has always been ongoing and the other day the team were proud to announce the public availability of version 0.5 Beta 3 (with Beta 4 expected within the next few days). To grab it, head to and pick the src.tar.gz for Linux, the osx-src or .dmg for Mac, or the .exe for Windows.

New Features

A short run down of the new features since v0.4

If you'd rather read the official change list, you can get that over at the SABnzbd wiki. But we're going to run down on the better ones:

  • Support for more NZB sites - v0.4 only had support for, v0.5 brings support for many more including the likes of NZBMatrix and

  • Better File Association - .nzb files can now be associated with SABnzbd in Windows easily, and in other operating systems with a little work.

  • File check before PAR2 repair - file hashes are checked after downloading, and if they're OK the lengthy PAR2 check is skipped meaning your files are available faster.

  • Temporary and per-row pausing - Ever paused a download queue to get more bandwidth for something else and then forgot to un-pause afterwards? Temporary pausing puts an end to this as you set SABnzbd to pause for a certain amount of time before it automatically resumes itself. Per-row pausing allows file sets in the queue to be paused on an individual basis (as opposed to pausing the entire queue).

  • New initial settings wizard - A new 5-page wizard will launch if this is your first install, guiding you through all the settings required to get a working install. Of course if you are upgrading (see below), this shouldn't happen.

  • And many other things including: - New default template, renaming files while downloading, proper HTTPS support, .TS file joining, new sorting options, better group priorities, more language support, a restructured config system, passworded RAR set support and some OSX specific GUI enhancements.

Upgrading Tips

Upgrading is fairly easy step providing you don't mind losing your history..

  • Do not try and install over the top of your previous installation. This will most likely end in a non-working copy.
  • Simply install in a different directory and it should re-use your existing settings file (which is still compatible with v0.4)
  • However, due to the history now being stored in an SQLite database instead of raw text files, this will be lost during the upgrade (including all totals etc.).

Give it a try, you might not go back. Download the beta from And check out our article on making SABnzbd+ even easier to use.

Update 17.Dec.2009 - SABnzbd 0.5 Beta 4 has now been released Update 13.Jan.2009 - SABnzbd 0.5 Beta 6 now out

djm posted by djm
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  1. Tony cheetham
    Posted Jan 13th, 2010 at 17:01 p.m.

    I use sab on my server at home, with bookmark monitoring hooked into my newzbin account. And with nzbdroid on my droid phone hooked into it as well, it's an absolute dream. Click a link while I'm at work, watch/play/masturbate furiously when I get home. Awesome.

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  2. Posted Jan 13th, 2010 at 17:01 p.m.

    Haha, sounds sick. I can't wait to get my hands on the Nexus One to do stuff exactly like this. I'm waiting avidly for the Vodafone announcement..

    Cheers for the comment, djm

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  3. Tim
    Posted Feb 12th, 2010 at 19:02 p.m.

    What is the advantage of having SABnzbd on a separate computer rather than just using something like altbinz or the bintube player on your pc? other than being able to connect to it while away from your house.

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  4. Posted Feb 12th, 2010 at 23:02 p.m.

    I think this depends completely on if you have a networked house with a multiple computer setup. Previously there was nothing more annoying than having to set up Usenet programs individually on each of the computers; now instead you just have it running on the one and can access it from all the others. If you set up shared drives properly and have a decent network (preferably wired, not essentially gigabit but it helps), then you can also access the files (including streaming HD) over the network to any other device. Also keeps all your downloads in one place as opposed to spread across computers/laptops.

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  5. ncharles
    Posted Apr 1st, 2010 at 00:04 a.m.

    I've upgraded to Version 5.0 and everything is working well except that sabnzbd no longer automatically unpacks the rar files. They are created and I can run rar and unpack them manually, but they never unpack automatically like they used to in 4.7. If I check the logs, I can see this message [newsunpack:530] ERROR: Unknown option: but the only reference I can find to error 530 is in regards to a password being required to extract from the rar file. This doesn't seem to be the case as I can unpack the file manually. I've checked permissions and they seem OK and I've run out of options to check!

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  6. Posted May 9th, 2011 at 20:05 p.m.

    The more haste, the less speed.

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  7. Posted May 9th, 2011 at 20:05 p.m.

    Forewarned is forearmed.

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