How to Use NZBGet

NZBGet is an opensource newsreader for accessing Usenet and downloading content. For a comprehensive look at the pros and cons of this platform, check out our NZBGet review.  

NZBGet’s developers have delivered a product that puts user experience first, including implementing a hassle-free installation process. Continue reading for a step-by-step guide to installing and configuring your NZBGet.


  1. Head to and download the latest stable release.
  1. Once the installation file has downloaded on your computer, open the package to start the installation. There is a comprehensive installation wizard which will open. Press “Next.”
  1. Read through the license agreement. If you accept the terms, press “I Agree.”
  1. Pick where you want to install NZBGet on your computer and press “Install.”
  1. That’s it! Click “Finish,” then we can move on to the configuration stage.


The first time you open NZBGet, you will be presented with the following window:

Add Server

To add your providers’ servers, follow these steps:

  1. Head to “Settings”>”News servers”  and fill up the required details.
  1. Scroll down and enter the server details of your primary Usenet provider. You can usually find these on the user dashboard with most providers.
    • Pay particular attention to Host Name, Host, Port, Username, Password and Encryption. We recommend using an encrypted port if your Usenet provider makes it available, as that will be more secure than a non-encrypted one.  
  1. At the bottom of the same page, click “Test Connection” to ensure that the information entered makes a successful connection between NZBGet and your Usenet provider.

Integration (3rd-Party Apps)

Unlike SABnzbd, with NZBGet you don’t need an API key to connect to third party apps. All you need is the following information. This information should be filled in for you already. Take that information and enter it into your third-party application’s settings and that should initiate the connection. In most popular third-party Usenet apps, there is a way to test the connection. You can take a look at our other guides in order to get more detailed instructions on how to install those.

  • Host: “Settings” > “Security” >” ControlIP”
  • Port: portnumber from Nzbget: “Settings” > “Security” >” ControlPort”
  • Username: “Settings” > “Security” >” ControlUsername
  • Password: “Settings” > “Security” >” ControlPassword

Once you have NZBGet set up, you’ll have whole new avenues for exploring everything that Usenet has to offer.

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