Setting up NZBGet

NZBGet is going to be the software that runs in the background and downloads your media from programs such as CouchPotato and SickBeard.  Alternately, you can use SABnzbd, but I personally like NZBGet better as it seems to perform better for me.  To get started, you’ll first want to visit and download the latest install for Windows.  You’ll then run the installer which will launch the web interface once it completes.  There’s not much to this installer, so you shouldn’t run into any issues.  Once completed, it should open up your browser to its web interface.  From here you can start configuring it.


Before we get started with the configuration, I suggest you install NZBGet as a service.  This way it will automatically start up when you boot up Windows.  To do so, open up your File Explorer and navigate to the C:\Program Files (x86)\NZBGet folder, assuming you installed to the default location, and then right-click on the file nzbget-command-shell.bat and click Run as Administrator.


This will open up the command window interface shown above where you can then type the command nzbget -install then press enter, followed by the command net start nzbget then press enter.  Now that it is installed as a service, you’ll want to set it to run automatically.  To do so, press the Windows key on your keyboard and then type services and press enter.  This should bring you to the services console.  (This assumes you are on Windows 7 or later)  Now scroll down to the NZBGet service, and right-click on it, then choose Properties, then change the Startup type to Automatic and OK out of the window.


Just a quick note that if you accidentally closed the NZBGet page and you need to access it again, you can do so by going to username nzbget and password tegbzn6789.

Now we’ll want to get it configured, so head on over to the Settings tab and lets get started.  Click on Paths and then set your MainDir to the location that you want the downloads to go.  I set mine to C:\Users\MyName\Downloads\NZBGetDownloads, but you can point your to wherever it makes the most sense for your setup.

Next click on New-Servers and here you’ll set up your Usenet provider(s).  First you’ll enter a name for the server.  This is arbitrary and can be named whatever works for you.  For the rest of the information, you’re going to need to get it from your Usenet provider.  You can see the required info below.  I highly advise using encryption if your Usenet server has it available.  If not, I would find a new provider that does allow encryption for your own safety.   Once all the server settings are configured, be sure to test them with the Test button before proceeding.  At this point, you may want to save your changes so that you don’t have to re-enter all this info in case something happens



As you can see, I have a second server which is for my block account.  The idea here is that sometimes some parts of the file are not available on your main server, so with a block account, I have 10 GB of data on a second server to try and locate missing parts.  The key here is to find a Usenet provider that allows block accounts, and is not hosted by the same company as your main Usenet server.  There are sites on the web that will tell you which servers are hosted by whom to help you make a decision regarding this.  You can get away without having a second server, but if you find your downloads fail often because of missing parts, you’ll have better luck with multiple servers.  If you do add a block account, you’ll probably want to set that server to a higher level on the Level field so that it only searches that server if it needs to find additional files that your main server can’t locate.

The next step is to click on Security.  Here you can set the ControlIP to the IP of your computer if you intend to access NZBGet from other computers on your network.  If you do so, you should set your computer to a static IP as well.  Also, you can change the default login for the web access by changing the ControlUsername and ControlPassword fields.  Note that if you do change the IP here, you’ll need to point your browser to the new IP:port and log in with the configured credentials after you reload  NZBGet.

Moving along, lets click on the Categories link and set up your download types.  By default Category1 is Movies.  Here you’ll just want to add the alias “movies*” to the Aliases field to better aid grouping via metadata.  The second category is Series, but I like to rename this to TV, then add the “tv*” alias.  If you intend to use this to download other items such as software or music, you can configure this here as well.


Lastly, I recommend clicking on Logging, then change the WriteLog from Append to Rotate so that your log files don’t take up too much space down the road.  Now just scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save all changes button, then click the Reload NZBGet button.  Now you’re ready to move on to installing your PVR’s such as SickBeard, Sonarr, and CouchPotato.



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