NZBGet can be controlled from console (terminal).
Windows: you can use batch file nzbget-command-shell.bat to start NZBGet console. After starting the batch file you can use all nzbget commands (nzbget -s, nzbget -L, etc) without typing the full path to nzbget executable.
NZBGet can be used in either standalone mode which downloads a single file or as a server which is able to queue up numerous download requests.
First start the nzbget-server:
A) in console mode:
B) or in daemon mode (POSIX only):
C) or as a service (Windows only):
net start NZBGet
To stop server use:
Depending on which frontend has been selected in the nzbget.conf file (option OutputMode) the server should display a message that it is ready to receive download requests (this applies only to console mode, not to daemon mode).
When the server is running it is possible to queue up downloads. This can be done either in terminal with
nzbget -A <nzb-file>
or by uploading a nzb-file into server’s monitor-directory (
To check the status of server start client and connect it to server:
The client have three different (display) outputmodes, which you can select in configuration file (on client computer) or in command line. Try them:
nzbget -o outputmode=log -C
nzbget -o outputmode=color -C
nzbget -o outputmode=curses -C
To list files in server’s queue:
It prints something like:
 nzbname\filename1.rar (50.00 MB)
 nzbname\filename1.r01 (50.00 MB)
The numbers in square braces are ID’s of files in queue. They can be used in edit-command. For example to move file with ID 2 to the top of queue:
nzbget -E T 2
or to pause files with IDs from 10 to 20:
nzbget -E P 10-20
or to delete files from queue:
nzbget -E D 3 10-15 20-21 16
Command line reference
For more information on using the program via command line see Command line reference.
Running client & server on separate machines
Since NZBGet communicates via TCP/IP it’s possible to have a server running on one computer and control it from another computer.
- Installation on Windows
- Installation on Mac
- Installation on Linux
- Installation on POSIX
- Installation on Android
- Backup And Restore Settings
- Performance Tips
- Choosing Cipher
- Behind Other Web Server
- TLS certificate verification
- Quick Filter
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- RSS and duplicate check
- Console Mode
- Command Line Reference
- Performing Speed Tests