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SABnzbd in Container Manager on a Synology NAS

Important or Recent Updates
New guide update for DSM7.2 and Container Manager06/05/2023
Moved from UI setup to Project Setup which is more flexible and easier to maintain.21/10/2023
Added an addition element to the compose to restrict the container from gaining additional privileges and also umask environment variable25/10/2023
Historic updates.

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 Container Manager. We will be using the new Projects (Docker Compose) feature to get this running as it will save you time vs manual setup using the normal UI

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

Folder Setup

Let’s start by getting some folders set up for the containers to use. Open up File Station create the following.


Container Manager

Next we are going to set up a ‘Project’ in Container Manager. Open up Container Manager and click on Project then on the right-hand side click ‘Create’.

In the next screen we will set up our General Settings, enter the following:

Project Name:sabnzbd
Source:Create docker-compose.yml

Next we are going to drop in our docker compose configuration, copy all the code in the box below and paste it into line ‘1’ just like the screenshot.

    image: linuxserver/sabnzbd:latest
    container_name: sabnzbd
      - PGID=65432 #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_GID
      - TZ=Europe/London #CHANGE_TO_YOUR_TZ
      - UMASK=022
      - /volume1/docker/sabnzbd:/config
      - /volume1/data/usenet:/data/usenet
      - 8080:8080/tcp
    network_mode: synobridge
      - no-new-privileges:true
    restart: always

Environment Variables

We are now going to amend some key variables to make sure the container has access to our folders and also knows where we are in the world. Don’t change any other settings other than those I mention.

PUID(required) The UID you obtained in the user setup guide
PGID(required) The GID you obtained in the user setup guide
TZ(required) Your timezone

Once you have made the edits you can click ‘Next’

You do not need to enable anything on the ‘Web portal settings’ screen click ‘Next’ again.

On the final screen click ‘Done’ which will begin the download of the container images and once downloaded they will be launched!

The image will now be downloaded and extracted. You should see ‘Code 0’ when it has finished.

Firewall Exceptions

(Skip if you don’t have the Firewall configured)

If you have enabled and configured the Synology Firewall you will need to create exceptions for any containers that have a Web UI or have any incoming or outgoing connections. This section covers the basics of how to add these. (Please note this is a generic section and will not show the specific ports used in this guide however it applies in the same way)

Also, I would like to refer people to the great guide on getting the Firewall correctly configured over on WunderTechs site.

Head into the Control Panel> Security > Firewall, from here click Edit Rules for the profile you set up when you enabled the Firewall.

Next click on Create and you will see the screen below. Source IP and Action will be automatically selected to All and Allow, I will leave it up to you as to your own preference on whether you want to lock down specific Source IPs from having access. In this example we will leave as All.

You will now choose ‘Custom‘ and then the Custom button

Now select Destination from the drop-down menu, most web based containers require TCP access but check the guide as it will show the port and protocol. Then add comma separated ports. Then press OK.

Click OK a couple of times to get back to the main screen. You will see by default the new rule is added to the bottom of the list. You must always have your Block All rule last in the list as the rules are applied top down so move your container up.

You have now completed the Firewall changes and can continue with the guide.

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

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

If you are using SABnzbd for your download client in the Arrs you will want to add some categories and paths as shown below. When adding SABnzbd to each of the Arrs match up the category in the download client settings, like the example below in Sonarr.

You are now configured to get downloads working, there are quite a few options in the configuration sections of the app that can both improve and hinder performance. These really depend on the capability of your NAS so keep this in mind.

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  1. I think I followed the guide pretty closely but in sabnzbd my paths are /usenet/completed NOT /data/usenet/completed? Any idea why?

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      If you used the exact yaml details and didn’t amend the paths they should be the latter, make sure you did the ‘Some final steps’ section to set the paths.

  2. Justin Justin

    Thank you so much for all of your guides. They are INVALUABLE for a Synology novice.

    Is there a recommended way to configure SABnzbd to only download via a VPN? I see from the Bittorrent guides that my VPN provider is listed as an option for those applications but I’m not sure how to make it work for SABnzbd.


    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      You need to consider whether you need to add to the vpn, your connection to the provider is encrypted so your ISP has no idea what you are downloading and there is no upload which is the part for torrents that gets you in trouble.

      If you still want to add you would add the yaml from this guide into the section where qbittorrent sits and swap the network section to Gluetun and put the ports at the top of the yaml in the ports section

      If you get stuck ping me a message via my help me page.

  3. tdkman tdkman

    Hay thanks you so much for the guides
    im stuck on when i hit the dropdown Create docker-compose.yml
    nothing apears

  4. Bryan Bryan

    These guides are incredible, thanks so much for all of these.

    I just wrapped this tutorial up, but noticed that you didn’t set any of the Folder/Path settings in “Categories”.

    Some other guides I was looking at had them specified, but I’m just not sure if it’s necessary with your process.

  5. Sid Sid

    trying to connect to the port 563
    gives error

    [Errno 99] Address not available – Check for internet or DNS problems

    I dont have any firewall setup

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