Saturday, October 15, 2011

Easy NZB-downloading on Ubuntu 11.10 with nzbget via free IPv6-only Newsservers

Ubuntu 11.10 (also known as Oneiric Ocelot) has got the NZB-downloader nzbget in its repositories. Combined with IPv6 based on miredo, and the free IPv6-only Newsservers, downloading NZBs is easy and you don't need a newsserver account. Here's the howto:

Open a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install nzbget miredo
zcat /usr/share/doc/nzbget/examples/nzbget.conf.example.gz > ~/.nzbget

nzbget -s  -o 

The above will start the nzbget daemon.

Then, create a NZB, for example via and download it. Let's say its name is mynzb.nzb

Finally, open another terminal, add the NZB you want to download to nzbget's queue, for example: 

nzbget -A ~/Downloads/mynzb.nzb

Switch back to the 'daemon'-terminal, and you should see the nzgbet daemon downloading your request. It will end up in ~/download/dst/

If it doesn't work, check that your IPv6 is working; make sure you get an output like this:

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ ping6 -c4

64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=57 time=115 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=57 time=25.8 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=57 time=27.2 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=57 time=205 ms

--- ping statistics ---
4 packets transmitted, 4 received, 0% packet loss, time 3004ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 25.801/93.545/205.635/74.216 ms

  • Instead of, you can use the other IPv6-only accountless newsserver:
  • If you want to use a newsserver that requires an account, use something like "nzbget -s  -o -o Server1.Username=user -o Server1.Password=pass" in the 'daemon'-terminal
  • The plain nzbget does not take care of rar and par. However, there's a postprocessing script somewhere in the intall. EDIT: see /usr/share/doc/nzbget/examples/postprocess-example.* 
  • If you prefer a more GUI-like NZB-downloader, check out SABnzbd:
  • Older Ubuntu's haven't got nzbget in the standard repositories. However, there's a PPA:

Happy downloading!

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