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Sabnzbd makes Usenet as simple and streamlined as possible by automating everything we can. All you have to do is add an .nzb. SABnzbd takes over from there, where it will be automatically downloaded, verified, repaired, extracted and filed away with zero human interaction.


Supported Architectures

We utilise the docker manifest for multi-platform awareness. More information is available from docker here and our announcement here.

Simply pulling should retrieve the correct image for your arch, but you can also pull specific arch images via tags.

The architectures supported by this image are:

Architecture Available Tag
x86-64 amd64-<version tag>
arm64 arm64v8-<version tag>

Version Tags

This image provides various versions that are available via tags. Please read the descriptions carefully and exercise caution when using unstable or development tags.

Tag Available Description
latest Stable SABnzbd releases
unstable Pre-releases from the develop branch
nightly Latest commits from the develop branch

Application Setup

Initial setup is done via http://<docker host ip>:<mapped http port> ie,

See the SABnzbd wiki for more information.

Download folders

In SABnzbd gui settings, under Folders, make sure to set the Completed Download Folder as /downloads and the Temporary Download Folder as /incomplete-downloads

We have set /incomplete-downloads and /downloads as optional paths, this is because it is the easiest way to get started. While easy to use, it has some drawbacks. Mainly losing the ability to hardlink (TL;DR a way for a file to exist in multiple places on the same file system while only consuming one file worth of space), or atomic move (TL;DR instant file moves, rather than copy+delete) files while processing content.

Use the optional paths if you don't understand, or don't want hardlinks/atomic moves.

The folks over at wrote a good write-up on how to get started with this.


To help you get started creating a container from this image you can either use docker-compose or the docker cli.

    container_name: sabnzbd
      - PUID=1000
      - PGID=1000
      - TZ=Etc/UTC
      - /path/to/sabnzbd/config:/config
      - /path/to/downloads:/downloads #optional
      - /path/to/incomplete/downloads:/incomplete-downloads #optional
      - 8080:8080
    restart: unless-stopped

docker cli (click here for more info)

docker run -d \
  --name=sabnzbd \
  -e PUID=1000 \
  -e PGID=1000 \
  -e TZ=Etc/UTC \
  -p 8080:8080 \
  -v /path/to/sabnzbd/config:/config \
  -v /path/to/downloads:/downloads `#optional` \
  -v /path/to/incomplete/downloads:/incomplete-downloads `#optional` \
  --restart unless-stopped \


Containers are configured using parameters passed at runtime (such as those above). These parameters are separated by a colon and indicate <external>:<internal> respectively. For example, -p 8080:80 would expose port 80 from inside the container to be accessible from the host's IP on port 8080 outside the container.

Ports (-p)

Parameter Function
8080 HTTP port for the WebUI.

Environment Variables (-e)

Env Function
PUID=1000 for UserID - see below for explanation
PGID=1000 for GroupID - see below for explanation
TZ=Etc/UTC specify a timezone to use, see this list.

Volume Mappings (-v)

Volume Function
/config Persistent config files
/downloads Local path for finished downloads.
/incomplete-downloads Local path for incomplete-downloads.

Miscellaneous Options

Parameter Function

Environment variables from files (Docker secrets)

You can set any environment variable from a file by using a special prepend FILE__.

As an example:

-e FILE__MYVAR=/run/secrets/mysecretvariable

Will set the environment variable MYVAR based on the contents of the /run/secrets/mysecretvariable file.

Umask for running applications

For all of our images we provide the ability to override the default umask settings for services started within the containers using the optional -e UMASK=022 setting. Keep in mind umask is not chmod it subtracts from permissions based on it's value it does not add. Please read up here before asking for support.

User / Group Identifiers

When using volumes (-v flags), permissions issues can arise between the host OS and the container, we avoid this issue by allowing you to specify the user PUID and group PGID.

Ensure any volume directories on the host are owned by the same user you specify and any permissions issues will vanish like magic.

In this instance PUID=1000 and PGID=1000, to find yours use id your_user as below:

id your_user

Example output:

uid=1000(your_user) gid=1000(your_user) groups=1000(your_user)

Docker Mods

Docker Mods Docker Universal Mods

We publish various Docker Mods to enable additional functionality within the containers. The list of Mods available for this image (if any) as well as universal mods that can be applied to any one of our images can be accessed via the dynamic badges above.

Support Info

  • Shell access whilst the container is running:

    docker exec -it sabnzbd /bin/bash
  • To monitor the logs of the container in realtime:

    docker logs -f sabnzbd
  • Container version number:

    docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}' sabnzbd
  • Image version number:

    docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}'

Updating Info

Most of our images are static, versioned, and require an image update and container recreation to update the app inside. With some exceptions (noted in the relevant, we do not recommend or support updating apps inside the container. Please consult the Application Setup section above to see if it is recommended for the image.

Below are the instructions for updating containers:

Via Docker Compose

  • Update images:

    • All images:

      docker-compose pull
    • Single image:

      docker-compose pull sabnzbd
  • Update containers:

    • All containers:

      docker-compose up -d
    • Single container:

      docker-compose up -d sabnzbd
  • You can also remove the old dangling images:

    docker image prune

Via Docker Run

  • Update the image:

    docker pull
  • Stop the running container:

    docker stop sabnzbd
  • Delete the container:

    docker rm sabnzbd
  • Recreate a new container with the same docker run parameters as instructed above (if mapped correctly to a host folder, your /config folder and settings will be preserved)

  • You can also remove the old dangling images:

    docker image prune

Image Update Notifications - Diun (Docker Image Update Notifier)


We recommend Diun for update notifications. Other tools that automatically update containers unattended are not recommended or supported.

Building locally

If you want to make local modifications to these images for development purposes or just to customize the logic:

git clone
cd docker-sabnzbd
docker build \
  --no-cache \
  --pull \
  -t .

The ARM variants can be built on x86_64 hardware using multiarch/qemu-user-static

docker run --rm --privileged multiarch/qemu-user-static:register --reset

Once registered you can define the dockerfile to use with -f Dockerfile.aarch64.


  • 31.05.24: - Rebase Alpine 3.20. Remove nzbnotify as apprise is now included with SABnzbd.
  • 23.12.23: - Rebase to Alpine 3.19.
  • 23.11.23: - Build translations.
  • 13.09.23: - Use par2cmdline-turbo in place of par2cmdline.
  • 16.08.23: - Install unrar from linuxserver repo.
  • 10.08.23: - Bump unrar to 6.2.10.
  • 16.05.23: - Rebase stable to Alpine 3.18, deprecate armhf.
  • 15.03.23: - Switch from p7zip to 7zip, bump unrar to 6.2.6.
  • 05.03.23: - Rebase master branch to Alpine 3.17.
  • 03.10.22: - Rebase master branch to Alpine 3.16, migrate to s6v3.
  • 12.08.22: - Bump unrar to 6.1.7.
  • 31.07.22: - Add nightly tag.
  • 10.03.22: - Add nzb-notify.
  • 22.02.22: - Rebase master branch to Alpine, build unrar from source, deprecate Alpine branch.
  • 25.01.22: - Rebase Unstable branch to Alpine.
  • 13.01.22: - Add alpine branch
  • 08.08.21: - Bump to focal, dont enforce binding to ipv4 port 8080
  • 24.07.21: - Add python3-setuptools.
  • 14.05.21: - Use wheel index for pip packages.
  • 12.02.21: - Clean up rust/cargo and pip cache.
  • 17.08.20: - Run from source with python3 instead of ppa, remove python2 completely, symlink python to python3.
  • 02.01.20: - Add python3 on top of python2 to image during transition.
  • 23.03.19: - Switching to new Base images, shift to arm32v7 tag.
  • 25.02.19: - Rebase to Bionic, add python deps for scripts.
  • 26.01.19: - Add pipeline logic and multi arch.
  • 13.12.17: - Fix continuation lines.
  • 12.07.17: - Add inspect commands to README, move to jenkins build and push.
  • 10.04.17: - Bump to 2.0 Release.
  • 25.02.17: - Switch to nobetas repo for master/latest branch and add unstable branch.
  • 08.02.17: - Add pythonioenconding=utf8 as env.
  • 15.09.16: - Compile par2 multicore as per latest info sabnzbd git readme.
  • 11.09.16: - Bump to release of 1.10.
  • 09.09.16: - Rebase back to xenial, issues with alpine version of python and 1.10 branch of sab.
  • 28.08.16: - Rebase to alpine, using git version of sab.
  • 17.03.16: - Bump to install 1.0 final at startup.
  • 14.03.16: - Refresh image to pick up latest RC.
  • 23.01.15: - Refresh image.
  • 14.12.15: - Refresh image to pick up latest beta.
  • 21.08.15: - Initial Release.