Install NZBMegaSearch Windows from Source

nzbmegasearchNZBMegaSearch aggregates all of your usenet indexers into one convenient place. It has the same API as newznab indexers so it will work with automation software like SickRage, Sonarr and CouchPotato. The NZBMegaSearch fork used in this guide includes patches so that it works with Sonarr (previously NzbDrone). I have also included how to create an NZBMegaSearch Windows system service that will work on Windows 7, 8 and Server 2003-2012 – Windows 10 should work too.

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 NZBMegaSearch Windows from Source

Install Git Windows

Download gitshell and run it. You will see this wizard.

sickrage git step 1

Accept the license

sickrage git step 2

Choose the install location

sickrage git step 3

Uncheck these options Additional icons and Windows Explorer integration. You won’t need them. You can uncheck the bottom ones as well.

sickrage git step 4

Leave the start menu folder as is or change it to your liking

sickrage git step 5

This is important, for Adjusting your PATH environment, choose Use Git from the Windows Command Prompt

sickrage git step 6

This is less important but I chose the top option Checkout Windows-style. It only matters if you are using git to create programs and commmit changes to repositories.

sickrage git step 7

Unless you want to see the Release Notes uncheck it and click Finish

sickrage git step 8

Install Python 2.7.x

Download Python 2.7 32-bit or 64-bit which will work on 64 or 32 bit systems

Run the installer, for the most part you just click Next through the Wizard

windows python step 1

The guide will assume you are installing to C:\Python27

windows python step 2

In the Customize Python 2.7.x enable Add python.exe to Path.

This allows you to run python from the command prompt in Windows without having to specify the executable’s exact location.

Click Next

windows python step 3

Click Finish to exit

windows python step 4

Install OpenSSL

The easiest way to install python openssl is using pip in a command prompt running as an Administrator

You can skip this if you don’t need https support, you can always use a reverse proxy with https support to access NZBMegaSearch

pip install pyopenssl

Install NZBMegaSearch

I use the Mirabis branch because it is more actively developed and includes the Sonarr (NzbDrone) fixes.

git clone https://github.com/Mirabis/usntssearch C:\NZBMegaSearch

Run NZBMegaSearch to make sure it works

python C:\NZBMegaSearch\NZBMegasearch\mega2.py

Access NZBMegaSearch at your IP address http://ip.address:5000

Update NZBMegaSearch like this in Command Prompt

cd c:\NZBMegaSearch
git pull

Create NZBMegaSearch Windows System Service

Download NSSM from here, the latest stable release is a good idea – it includes 32-bit and 64-bit

Open the nssm.zip and go into either the Win32 (32-bit) or Win64 (64-bit) folder depending on your Windows version.

Copy the nssm.exe to your C:\Windows\System32 folder so it is part of your PATH which allows you to run commands from any directory in the command prompt without having to be in the executable’s actual path. You will get a warning about needing permission, grant it.

windows system service copy nssm

Run a Windows command prompt as an Administrator

Create the NZBMegaSearch service with this command

nssm install NZBMegaSearch

You will see the NSSM screen, click to choose the Python.exe Path and browse to your python.exe located in c:\Python27

Add C:\NZBMegaSearch\NZBMegasearch\mega2.py to Arguments

NB If you use another path with spaces you will need to enclose the path in quotes like this “C:\Program Files (x86)\NZBMegaSearch\NZBMegaSearch\mega2.py”

Click Install service

nzbmegasearch windows system service

You will see the success screen that the NZBMegaSearch Windows system service has been installed. Click OK.

Now you can configure NZBMegaSearch