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NZBGet in Docker on a Synology NAS

Amended the path to save the compose file – this is for security, so the container has no access to the file contents.14/04/2023
Historic updates now at the end of the guide.

Please note that NZBGet is no longer receiving updates from its developer – It continues to function perfectly, however you may wish to use the actively developed SABnzbd.

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 three 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’

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 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’

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 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.

Historic UpdatesDate
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
Added new port settings and Docker Bridge Network24/07/2022
Added note regarding ongoing updates of NZBGet30/12/2022
Compose version number removed and small wording amendments08/04/2023
Historic Updates

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  1. Stan Stan

    Hello thanks for answering

    This did not help me i ran the commands for before after sept 23 2023 and before

    i did not do this
    “The fix does the following:
    Change file and folder permissions to 775 (rwxrwxr-x)”

    i m also not able to change “MainDir” to “/data/usenet”


    Could not save configuration in

    Please check file permissions

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      You should not run both as it can cause issues as the pre-sept is for people who have a slightly different permissions’ setup.

      Can you drop me a message via my HelpMe! Page and drop me a screenshot of the folders in /docker/nzbget (you can upload to my paste site on that same page and include the URL in your message)

  2. Stan Stan

    getting error in NZBget

    Could not create file /data/usenet/tmp/nzb-1.tmp

    when i chang
    MainDir /data/usenet

    any idea?

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      It’s very likely a permissions issue, I am going to move the permission fix across the FAQ of all the guides. For the moment go back to the User and Group setup, and at the bottom you can find the command to fix permissions. You can also check in File Station and see if that /data/usenet folder is showing as owned by the dockerlimited user.

  3. Joost Joost

    Hello there,

    I followed your guide and nsbget is started but I get the following error:
    Could not move file /data/usenet/tmp/nzb-2.tmp to /data/usenet/nzb/: Not a directory

    I have followed step 1, 2 and 3. Added the limited group to the permissions of the data volume.

    Can you help me please?

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      Hey, not seen this before as there is no folder called /tmp within that path.. Try creating it as see if the error goes away.

  4. Mr Oizo Mr Oizo

    Hello, I did all the steps and I checked everything but still can’t access nzbget on (or https:// also) ; I can see that nzbget container is up, I put 6789 on local port, everything is as you wrote, synobridge was previously configured, I’m going mad… please help !

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      Check you also filled in the External port and didn’t leave it to Automatic

  5. Hairy Hippy Hairy Hippy

    Hi Dr.

    I am getting some warning messages in NZBGet: “Request received on port 6789 from, but username (nzbget) or password invalid”.
    I assume this is one of the dockers going across the Synobridge we created trying to access NZBGet. Given the timestamp of these messages, the only dockers using Synobridge at the time were NZBGet itself, GluTUN and watchtower.

    • Dr_Frankenstein Dr_Frankenstein

      It may not be something on the bridge as its just reporting the connection came through it, do you have anything else running such as Prowlarr / Radarr etc. Or a browser Plugin..

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