Install NZBGet 13.0 Stable on Raspberry Pi with Raspbian

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NZBGet is a lightweight usenet downloader. NZBGet and the Raspberry Pi are like a match made in heaven. The Raspberry Pi is a weak yet capable little machine and NZBGet runs well on low spec hardware. This will be in my upcoming Ultimate Raspberry Pi Usenet Guide. I recommend a UsenetServer account for downloading from usenet. I tested this guide 3 times on a fresh Raspbian image from September 2014.

There is an updated version of this guide

If you are trying to figure out which hardware would work best for you, consider reading the Pi benchmarks.

Pi Unit
Processor
RAM
RAM Bus
Network
WiFi
USB
SATA
Cost
Raspberry Pi 3
1.2 GHz ARMv8
Quad Core
1 GB DDR2
450 MHz
100 Mbit
Yes
4
No
$35
Raspberry Pi 2
900 MHz ARMv7
Quad Core
1 GB DDR2
450 MHz
100 Mbit
No
4
No
$35.00
Raspberry Pi
700 MHz ARMv6
Single Core
512 MB SDRAM
400 MHz
100 Mbit
No
4
No
$25
Banana Pi
1 GHz ARMv7
Dual Core
1 GB DDR3
432 MHz
Gigabit
No
2
Yes
$36.99
Banana Pi Pro
1 GHz ARMv7
Dual Core
1 GB DDR3
432 MHz
Gigabit
Yes
2
Yes
$45.00

Install NZBGet Raspberry Pi

Update and upgrade

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade -y

Install the Correct Unrar version

This fixes Error Unrar 10

echo "deb-src http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org/raspbian/ wheezy main contrib non-free rpi" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list

sudo apt-get update -y
sudo apt-get build-dep unrar-nonfree -y
sudo apt-get source -b unrar-nonfree -y
sudo dpkg -i unrar*.deb

It also solves Unrar error 64 as long as you are using absolute paths in NZBGet

Install dependencies

sudo apt-get install build-essential libsigc++-dev sigc++ libncurses5-dev libssl-dev libxml2-dev libpar2-0-dev unzip p7zip-full -y

Download the NZBGet 13 source

wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/nzbget/files/nzbget-stable/13.0/nzbget-13.0.tar.gz

Unpack the source and enter the folder it creates

sudo tar -xvf nzbget-13.0.tar.gz && cd nzbget-13.0

Grab updated libpar2 which nzbget needs to par check rar files

Note: This fixes the ‘nzbget: error while loading shared libraries: libpar2.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory’. Run apt-get install libpar2-dev first and then run the following which will solve the problem so you can compile NZBGet without errors.

wget –no-check-certificate https://launchpad.net/libpar2/trunk/0.4/+download/libpar2-0.4.tar.gz

Unpack libpar 2 and enter its folder

tar -xvf libpar2-0.4.tar.gz && cd libpar2-0.4

Compile libpar2. This will take a good 10-15 minutes.

./configure && make && sudo make install

Go to nzbget directory

cd ..

Compile, install and create the configuration file for nzbget 13.0. This also takes a good 10 minutes.

./configure && make && sudo make install && sudo make install-conf

Change the permissions of the configuration file

sudo chown pi:root /usr/local/etc/nzbget.conf

Install the Videosort post processing script to have NZBGet sort your video media automatically

Enter the NZBGet scripts folder

cd scripts

Download VideoSort 5.0

sudo wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/nzbget/files/ppscripts/videosort/videosort-ppscript-5.0.zip

Unpack the VideoSort Script

unzip videosort-ppscript-5.0.zip

Note: Your extension scripts folder is ~/nzbget-13.0/scripts/ which you set in NZBGet Settings -> Paths -> ScripDir
Note: For the Raspberry Pi the extra / is necessary after scripts

Run the nzbget daemon

nzbget -D

Now try and access NZBGet at http://ip.address:6789 username:nzbget password:tegbzn6789

Let’s make it autostart on the Raspberry Pi using an upstart script on boot

Install upstart

sudo apt-get install upstart

Enter Yes, do as I say!
Create the upstart file

sudo nano /etc/init/nzbget.conf

Paste this code and save the file with Ctrl+X, Press y and then Enter

Note: if you are on Raspbmc remove the setuid and setgid lines (thanks to Raijmond)

#description "NZBGet upstart script"
#author "Ben Vassie"
 
setuid pi
setgid pi
 
start on runlevel [2345]
stop on runlevel [016]
 
respawn
 
script
exec nzbget -D
end script
 
pre-stop script
exec nzbget -Q
end script

See if the nzbget service works

sudo service nzbget start

It should say something like
nzbget start/running, process 4422
Reboot to make sure NZBGet starts on boot

sudo reboot

If you plan to use SSL with NZBGet use this cipher RC4-MD5 recommended by hugbug the developer of this fine software.

Since the Raspberry Pi is not the strongest machine, I recommend changing Parscan to Limited.

Click Settings then PAR CHECK/REPAIR and make Parscan Limited

raspberry pi nzbget parscan limited

Now you are ready to configure NZBGet