Install Latest NZBGet on Raspberry Pi 2 and B+ Raspbian

raspberry_pi_nzbgetNZBGet is a lightweight usenet downloader recently updated to 15.0. NZBGet, like NZBGet 14 supports fake detector for discarding fake releases from your usenet download queue. I recommend a UsenetServer account for downloading from usenet. I tested this several times on my Minibian image and is part of my Media Server Image. Let’s install NZBGet 15 Raspberry Pi for lightweight usenet downloading using hugbug’s updated installer which will allow for automated updates in the future, no more building from source! If you are coming from NZBGet 14 and your current configuration is important to you, then back it up.

Note this guide will also work on the Banana Pi, Orange Pi, Cubieboard, ODROID and other ARM SBC devices.

Check out the Raspberry Pi vs Banana Pi benchmarks if you want to see the benefits of SATA and gigabit.

Guide updated July 26, 2016 to work with new NZBGet URL.

Usenet Provider
Backbone
Retention
Speed
Connections
VPN
Monthly
Annual
UsenetServer
UsenetServer
2265
Unlimited
20
Yes
$10
$95.40
Usenetlink
Cloudgate
2000
100 Mbit
30
No
$15
$140
Astraweb
Astraweb
2264
Unlimited
20
No
$7.50
$96.00
UsenetBucket
XS News
1100
40 Mbit
25
No
€4.95
€60.00
Frugal
Blocknews
600
Unlimited
60
No
$4.99
$50.00

Install Latest NZBGet on Raspberry Pi 2 and B+

Upgrading from NZBGet 14.x

First of all back up your SD card completely using Win32DiskImager, dd or whatever you use to write .img files.

Go into your NZBGet WebUI, click Settings and then System and click the Backup button. You will get an sdx file on your local machine. In my upgrade test I didn’t need this file but it is better to be safe, you can restore it using the Restore button. There can be issues with this if the paths are different so it is in no way guaranteed to work. One user has had problems with Sonarr working with NZBGet after importing settings through the WebUI, another user did not and experienced no issues so it cannot currently be recommended to restore using the WebUI.

nzbget back up

Stop the NZBGet service, disable it and remove it, you will reinstall with an updated version.

sudo service nzbget stop
sudo service nzbget disable
sudo rm /etc/init.d/nzbget

Rename your NZBGet configuration file so it doesn’t conflict, this is the location if you installed using Mike’s repository

mv /home/pi/.nzbget /home/pi/nzbget14.bak

Remove NZBGet

sudo apt-get remove nzbget -y

If you built from source you will have to delete the binary as well, you can find it like this

which nzbget

Then delete the location the above command spits out

rm /path/from/which

Remove the NZBGet entry in your crontab

crontab -e

remove this line

@reboot nzbget -D

Save and Exit

Now follow the guide, reinstalling unrar should not be necessary.

Install NZBGet Latest using Official Installer

Download the latest NZBGet installer linux

NZBGETLATEST=$(wget http://nzbget.net/download/ -O - | grep run | awk -F "[\"]" '{print $4}' | head -n1)
wget $NZBGETLATEST -O nzbget-latest-bin-linux.run

Run the NZBGet installer and install in the /usr/local/bin/nzbget folder

sudo sh nzbget-latest-bin-linux.run --destdir /opt/nzbget

Remove the NZBGet installer

rm nzbget-latest-bin-linux.run

Make pi the owner of the NZBGet installation folder

sudo chown -R pi:pi /opt/nzbget

Change the NZBGet daemon to run as pi using this nifty sed command to automatically replace the DaemonUsername line

sed -i "/DaemonUsername=/c\DaemonUsername=pi" /opt/nzbget/nzbget.conf

If you are upgrading, now restore your backup, if you are installing fresh skip down to Autostart NZBGet 15

Restoring NZBGet 14 Backup

Back up your new NZBGet 15 configuration

mv /opt/nzbget/nzbget.conf /opt/nzbget/nzbget.conf.bak

Copy your old configuration

cp /home/pi/.nzbget14.bak /opt/nzbget/nzbget.conf

Open your nzbget.conf and make the adjustments below, use Ctrl+W to search for them

nano /opt/nzbget.conf

Change ConfigTemplate to the correct location of the latest nzbget.conf

ConfigTemplate=/opt/nzbget/nzbget.conf.bak

Change WebDir to the correct location

WebDir=/opt/nzbget/webui

Ctrl+X, Y and Enter to Save

Now start NZBGet 15

/opt/nzbget/nzbget -D

Autostart NZBGet on the Raspberry Pi

Create the nzbget init.d script, it may already exist if you are upgrading but double check it is the same as below

sudo nano /etc/init.d/nzbget

Paste the NZBGet init script

#!/bin/sh
### BEGIN INIT INFO
# Provides:          NZBGet
# Required-Start:    $local_fs $remote_fs $network
# Required-Stop:     $local_fs $remote_fs $network
# Default-Start:     2 3 4 5
# Default-Stop:      0 1 6
# Short-Description: NZBGet
# Description:       NZBGet for ebook management
### END INIT INFO
 
 
# Documentation available at
# http://refspecs.linuxfoundation.org/LSB_3.1.0/LSB-Core-generic/LSB-Core-generic/iniscrptfunc.html
# Debian provides some extra functions though
. /lib/lsb/init-functions
 
DAEMON_NAME="NZBGet"
DAEMON_USER=pi
DAEMON_PATH="nzbget"
DAEMON_OPTS="-D"
DAEMON_PWD="/opt/nzbget"
DAEMON_DESC=$(get_lsb_header_val $0 "Short-Description")
DAEMON_PID="/var/run/${DAEMON_NAME}.pid"
DAEMON_NICE=0
DAEMON_LOG='/var/log/nzbget'
 
[ -r "/etc/default/${DAEMON_NAME}" ] && . "/etc/default/${DAEMON_NAME}"
 
do_start() {
  local result
 
	pidofproc -p "${DAEMON_PID}" "${DAEMON_PATH}" > /dev/null
	if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then
		log_warning_msg "${DAEMON_NAME} is already started"
		result=0
	else
		log_daemon_msg "Starting ${DAEMON_DESC}" "${DAEMON_NAME}"
		touch "${DAEMON_LOG}"
		chown $DAEMON_USER "${DAEMON_LOG}"
		chmod u+rw "${DAEMON_LOG}"
		if [ -z "${DAEMON_USER}" ]; then
			start-stop-daemon --start --quiet --oknodo --background \
				--nicelevel $DAEMON_NICE \
				--chdir "${DAEMON_PWD}" \
				--pidfile "${DAEMON_PID}" --make-pidfile \
				--exec "${DAEMON_PATH}" -- $DAEMON_OPTS
			result=$?
		else
			start-stop-daemon --start --quiet --oknodo --background \
				--nicelevel $DAEMON_NICE \
				--chdir "${DAEMON_PWD}" \
				--pidfile "${DAEMON_PID}" --make-pidfile \
				--chuid "${DAEMON_USER}" \
				--exec "${DAEMON_PATH}" -- $DAEMON_OPTS
			result=$?
		fi
		log_end_msg $result
	fi
	return $result
}
 
do_stop() {
	local result
 
	pidofproc -p "${DAEMON_PID}" "${DAEMON_PATH}" > /dev/null
	if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then
		log_warning_msg "${DAEMON_NAME} is not started"
		result=0
	else
		log_daemon_msg "Stopping ${DAEMON_DESC}" "${DAEMON_NAME}"
		killproc -p "${DAEMON_PID}" "${DAEMON_PATH}"
		result=$?
		log_end_msg $result
		rm "${DAEMON_PID}"
	fi
	return $result
}
 
do_restart() {
	local result
	do_stop
	result=$?
	if [ $result = 0 ]; then
		do_start
		result=$?
	fi
	return $result
}
 
do_status() {
	local result
	status_of_proc -p "${DAEMON_PID}" "${DAEMON_PATH}" "${DAEMON_NAME}"
	result=$?
	return $result
}
 
do_usage() {
	echo $"Usage: $0 {start | stop | restart | status}"
	exit 1
}
 
case "$1" in
start)   do_start;   exit $? ;;
stop)    do_stop;    exit $? ;;
restart) do_restart; exit $? ;;
status)  do_status;  exit $? ;;
*)       do_usage;   exit  1 ;;
esac

Ctrl+X, Y and Enter to Save

Make it executable

sudo chmod +x /etc/init.d/nzbget

Start the NZBGet service with a later priority of 98 so we make sure the hard drive is mounted

sudo update-rc.d nzbget defaults 98

You can now start NZBGet

sudo service nzbget start

If the NZBGet job fails to start on boot you can disable the init.d and add a cronjob instead

sudo update-rc.d nzbget disable
crontab -u pi -l | { cat; echo "@reboot /opt/nzbget/nzbget -D"; } | crontab -u pi -

If you plan to use SSL with NZBGet use the cipher RC4-MD5 for maximum speed

Now it’s time to configure NZBGet and do some speed tweaks