Automating Downloads in 10 Easy Steps

Automating Usenet Downloads

In 2016, there’s absolutely no reason why you should be manually searching Usenet for the same thing repeatedly.

If you find yourself repeating the same searches day after day in order to get the latest and greatest from Usenet, than we’re thrilled to tell you that there’s a smarter way to get the articles you’re looking for. Whether the concept of download automation is brand new, or you’ve always wanted to set it up but lacked the know-how, we have a solution for you.  Setting up automating downloads is a piece of cake when you pair SABnzbd with Easynews.

Follow these 10 simple steps and you’ll be on your way to enjoying your downloaded media more efficiently than ever before.

1) Download and install SABnzbd. SABnzbd runs on Macintosh, Windows, and Linux, and is a binary newsreader collection of python scripts.
SADnzbd homepage

2) Launch SABnzbd. If it fails to launch for some reason, go to http://localhost:8080/ in your browser.

3) Choose a SAB language and theme.

SABnzbd select your language

4) Gather your Easynews server information; for Server Setup, enter your Easynews server address, its corresponding port, SSL on or off, and your username and password. Also, select how many connections you want to use, up to the maximum Easynews allows. NNTP downloads will count against your Gig bank, unless you have unlimited NNTP. See how many Gigs of NNTP data your Easynews plan allows you to download.

SABnzbd - Congifure with Easynews

5) For Access Option, you’ll be given a choice between remote access and access limited to your local network. Picking remote access will give you a greater variety of options. If you pick remote access, create a username and password.
SABnzbd - define your account credentials

6) Restart and launch SAB to fine-tune your configuration. Click Config, followed by General. Under General,  scroll down and make note of the API key.
SABnzbd - API Key
Scroll further down and fill in Cleanup List with extensions you wish to exclude. A lot of the articles and binaries you download will contain extra files you don’t need. As you download content, make note of files you don’t need and fill in their extensions under Clean Up List so that SAB will exclude them.
SABnzbd - Cleanup List

7) Additionally, configure your download locations in the Folders section. The default download location will be on your main hard drive but you can set this up however you wish.

SABnzbd - Downloads folder

8) Once you’re finished with configuration, you’re ready to begin the download process. Upload an NZB on the web interface index.

SABnzbd - Upload an NZB

9) Open the NZB with SAB. You can set your OS to associate NZBs with SAB so this will happen automatically in the future.


10) Add NZBs for SAB to download via NZB watch folder, RSS, or URL. For the NZB watch folder, (Config->Directories) set a folder to be watched by SABnzbd for downloaded NZBs. When a directory is watched, any NZBs (and files inside the .NZB — zips, gzips, pars, or rars) will be automatically added to SABnzbd.
For RSS, go to Config ->RSS to set up an RSS feed that SAB will automatically download from. For URL, you can enter the URL of the NZB in a box on the web interface index. You may have to enter an API key from the NZB site to do this.



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