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NZBGet in Docker on a Synology NAS

Added Docker Compose details
Added new folder mappings to ensure atomic moves and Hard-linking
Guide re-written and updated with DSM7 screenshots 01/08/2021
Updated screenshots and steps for DSM7.111/06/2022

What is NZBGet?

NZBGet is an Usenet downloader, it will download releases from Newsgroups and where required will also repair and extract releases. It works on its own or in conjunction with other tools such as Sonarr and Radarr.

Let’s Begin

In the guide I will be taking you through the steps to download and setup NZBGet in Docker.

In order for you to successfully use this guide please complete the two preceding guides

Downloading the NZBGet Image

Open up Docker within DSM and navigate to the ‘Registry’ tab, then search for ‘nzbget’. In the list of available containers select the one made by Linuxserver as shown below and click on ‘Download’.

The pop-up box will ask which version you want to download, make sure you choose ‘Latest’ from the list of available versions.

You can check the status of the download over on the ‘Image’ tab.

Setting up the container

In Docker click on the ‘Image’ tab, in the list of your containers select the ‘Linuxserver/ NZBget’ image and click on ‘Launch’

The first screen will ask how you want to set up the Docker network, to keep things simple we will be using the Docker Host option which means we will not need to set up any additional ports. Click Next once you have selected the option.

General Settings

Next you will be greeted with the General Settings screen, this is where you can start specifying some of your preferences.

You can change the name of the container to anything you like, and you may want to enable Auto Restart as this will ensure NZBGet starts automatically if you reboot your NAS.

You will also notice a Configure capabilities button — don’t change anything in here!

Next up we are going to click on the ‘Advanced Settings’ button, this will take you to a new window with a number of tabs which we are going to work through.

Environment Variables (PGID,  PUID and Timezone)

Next we are going to set up a couple of environment variables that docker will use to allow the container access to our files and folders and also to tell it where we live in the world.

Click the Add button, and fill in the following details as per the table/screenshot, you will need to do one at a time.

PUIDThe UID you obtained in the user setup guide
PGIDThe GID you obtained in the user setup guide
TZYour timezone

You do not need to set up anything on these tabs.

Press ‘Save’ to go back to the initial setup screen, then press ‘Next’

Volume Settings

We will now be specifying the directories where NZBGet will store its configuration files and where to download files to.

First let’s create a folder for the configs, click on ‘Add Folder’ select the ‘docker’ share and create a new sub-folder called ‘nzbget’ click on this folder and click ‘select’

Next repeat this process and select the /data/usenet folder as this is where downloads will be heading.

You will then enter the ‘Mount paths’ as per the table and screenshot below.

File/FolderMount path

Click Next to move to the final screen.


You have now completed the setup of the container.

You will be shown an overall summary of the settings we have specified, this is a good time to double-check everything is correct. Finally, click on Done and the container should start to boot.

Some final steps

NZBGet will now be running, you can connect to it by going to the IP address of your NAS and port 6789


The default login details are:
Username = nzbget
Password = tegbzn6789

File Paths

To make sure you file ‘path’ settings are correct, go into settings and change the following value, this will ensure downloads go to the correct place.

PathPath to enter
Only change the MainDir setting all the paths below it can be left as is.

You have now completed the setup and can begin using NZBGet.

Docker Compose

You can use the below code saved as nzbget.yml in the ‘/docker/nzbget’ share, this will set up the container in a single command via SSH. Ensure you change the variables to your own and then follow the ‘Some Final Steps’ section.

version: "3.8"
    image: linuxserver/nzbget:latest
    container_name: nzbget
      - TZ=Your/Timezone
      - /volume1/docker/nzbget:/config
      - /volume1/data/usenet:/data/usenet
    network_mode: host
    restart: unless-stopped
sudo docker-compose -f /volume1/docker/nzbget/nzbget.yml up -d

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  1. JeeWee JeeWee

    Thanks for your excellent explanations. I managed to get it to work, and also managed to get my backup of the settings to work. Downloading works as well, but whenever something is downloading the log keeps saying: “Could not resolve hostname Error -3 – Try again”

    However it is downloading from that news server, and testing the news server configuration works. Have you encountered this before?

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      Hey, you may have too many connections open at the same time so one is getting rejected, if you put the maximum amount of connections in your provider offers its worth dialling it back.

    • JeeWee JeeWee

      I changed the DNS in DSM to Google’s DNS servers ( and and restarted the container and the problem is gone. Might have been an issue with Pi-hole I’m running on a raspberry and my router being set to the IP of pihole to use as DNS

  2. Amit Amit

    I have installed nzbget and configured newshosting in nzb settings. What should I tell nzbget to download? I don’t see any choice of movies/TV series to be downloaded?

  3. Ashleigh Ashleigh

    on NZBget in main path mine says its downloads?
    did i do something wrong?

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      Make sure you follow the last bit of this guide it covers what to change it to

  4. mike mike

    When I enter puid and pgid into the environment variables of a container, how do I know it’s actually using this user and not simply the admin user I created it with?

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      If you check who owns the files in /docker/nzbget they will be the restricted user you created.

      • mike mike

        Thank you!

      • Mike Mike

        Great guides btw, very detailed. Although I only didn’t try any apart from this PUID thing .

  5. Mischa Anwald Mischa Anwald

    Same permission-error here 🙁

    Strange thing is, that JDownloader2 can create folders there without any issue.

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      Double-check your PUID and PGID settings to ensure they are set correctly, any chance you could post the actual log.

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