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SABnzbd 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
Added note about rebooting if you are unable to access the Setup Wizard14/01/2022
Updated steps and screenshots for DSM7.102/07/2022
Added new port settings and Docker Bridge Network24/07/2022

What is SABnzbd?

SABnzbd is a binary newsreader, it is used to download files from Usenet, and where required will also repair and extract releases. It works on its own or in conjunction with other tools such as Lidarr and Radarr.

Let’s Begin

In this guide I will take you through the steps to get SABnzbd up and running in Docker.

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

Downloading the SABnzbd Image

Open up Docker within DSM and navigate to the ‘Registry’ tab and search for ‘SABnzbd’.

In the list of available containers select the one made by Linuxserver as shown below, right click on it and select ‘Download’ or click the button at the top of the window.

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 SABnzbd’ image and click on ‘Launch’

You will be greeted with the Network screen, we will be using the ‘synobridge’ network we created earlier select it from the list and click Next.

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 SABnzbd starts automatically if you reboot your NAS.

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 (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’

Port Settings

We won’t be changing any of the ports the container uses. You can repeat the ones shown on the right side of the settings page ‘Container Port’ onto the left side ‘Local Port’ once you have done this press ‘Next’.

Volume Settings

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

Click on Add Folder, click on the docker share and create a new sub-folder called ‘sabnzbd’ select this folder and click ‘select’

You will now repeat this step but this time adding the /data/usenet folder and then add the Mount Paths as per the table / 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

SABnzbd will now be running on port 8080 you can connect to it by going to the IP address of your NAS with that port


Once you have completed the setup wizard, go into the settings and amend your folders to the following

(Please note, if you have trouble accessing the setup wizard or get an error after the first step. Stop the Docker package in the Package Centre and restart it, or in some cases do a reboot)

After the initial set up you will need to ensure the ‘Folders’ settings are in line with the table/screenshot below.

Temporary Download Folder/data/usenet/intermediate
Completed Download Folder/data/usenet/completed
Watched Folder/data/usenet/nzb

Docker Compose

You can use the below code saved as sabnzbd.yml in the ‘/docker/sabnzbd’ share, this will do the entire process above in one quick command via SSH. Ensure you change the variables to your own, and then go back the ‘Some Final Steps’ section of the guide.

version: "3.8"
    image: linuxserver/sabnzbd:latest
    container_name: sabnzbd
      - TZ=Your/Timezone
      - /volume1/docker/sabnzbd:/config
      - /volume1/data/usenet:/data/usenet
      - 8080:8080
    network_mode: synobridge
    restart: unless-stopped
sudo docker-compose -f /volume1/docker/sabnzbd/sabnzbd.yml up -d

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  1. Jeff Jeff

    I’m going through this setup, but when I try to go to the Sabnzbd interface, the connection keeps getting refused.

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      Hey, some people have had to open the port in the DSM firewall others have not. I will add a note to the end of the guides

      • Firewall was not enabled.

        • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

          Which port are you connecting to very hard to help without a bit more detail. Ping me an email or jump on Discord.

  2. Tony Vale Tony Vale

    Hi and thanks for the guide
    when I run my nas ip address and port 8080 it defaults to my Unifi controller login page.

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      OK you will need to redo the setup, when you get to the network tab leave the tick box for ‘use the same network as Docker host’ un checked. And on the port tab change the external ports to something different, you can choose anything you want.

  3. anonymouse anonymouse

    Excellent guide thank you very much!

  4. Jim Naysium Jim Naysium

    Thank you for the guide and this helped me to get SAB up and running on DSM 7. I was getting an error 99 while testing my usenet server. Because I am running the Syno firewall, I had to add the Docker network allow access in order for this to work.

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      I have had a few people report this same issue on Discord, I will add a note to the end of the guides.

  5. Hi. Thank you for the walk through . Everything works fine except for an important Detail. I cannot access my videos library from Sabnzbd anymore where i have to set up my tv shows location folder .

    How to give this new Sabnzbd access to my Library ?

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      Hey, are you using SAB by itself on in conjunction with Sonarr?

      • Ernst Ernst

        Thanks for the reply. I use it with conjonction with Sonarr to ultimately update my plex library.

        • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

          SAB doesn’t need access to your any of your media as Sonarr has access to your downloads and media so it handles the moves.

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