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This has been tested and works well on a ARM9 Linkstation Live. Should work on others. SABnzbdplus is a NZB-based usenet "leech" client which also PAR checks and un-archives the files you have downloaded.


There are 2 options:

Stock firmware/jtymod


ipkg update
ipkg upgrade
ipkg install sabnzbdplus

This installs SAB and Python and all the dependencies needed including UnRar, PAR checking and YEnc decoder. Much easier now than it was in the old days when you also had to download the code from the SAB site Might be worth checking the repository version you have just installed is as current as the version on the SAB site above.

Running for 1st Time

cd /mnt/disk1/share/sabnzbd
python -f SABnzbd.ini -d

The -d runs it in daemon mode which I cannot see any reason why you would not want!

You might want to make a script to do this, else you'll be having to do this every time you restart your Linkstation


You'll need to configure SABnzbd which is easiest done using the web interface which you can access via


Edit the config to include your Usenet providers server and your own choices as to whether to enable PAR or RAR checking.

Remember, the Linkstation is a NAS box not a high spec PC so don't be too greedy on the number of connections as it might actually make it go slower. For example, I can happily max out a 4Mbit line with 4 connections. Try different numbers and see how you get on.

Neilt0 reports a good speedup using a generous cache limit (reduces HD usage at the expense of some memory usage). Change this in the config screen!

cache_limit = 55000000

You'll also need to set permissions if you wanna be able to do anything with the resulting files

Permissions for Complete dir = 0777


This section covers some of the issues that can occur when installing SABnzbdplus.

Unable to access the web interface http://your_ip_address:8080/sabnzbd/

Open the sabnzbd.log located in the logs directory, and look for the following:


2008-03-19 21:02:52,048::INFO::Starting web-interface on localhost:8080

2008-03-19 21:02:57,289::ERROR::Failed to start web-interface


raise cherrypy.NotReady("Port not free.")

NotReady: Port not free.

This indicates that you already have something running on port 8080. Change the port in SABnzbd.ini (port =) to something else (ex. 8888 or 9090).

Unable to access files in complete directory

Verify that your permissions are set correctly in the SABnzbd.ini (permissions = 0777). This can also be done through the web interface in the Config > Directories menu.

"feedparser module missing" error on the RSS tab




Adding a webfrontend


A list of third-party addons is available here in the SABnzbd forums.


nzbdStatus is a Firefox extension which supports any version of SABnzbdplus. nzbdStatus adds a "Send to SABnzbd" link to your Newzbin (v3 only) search results.


This XBMC script allows you to add items to your SABnzbdplus download queue directly from your Xbox.