SABnzbd Releases Version 2.0.0 RC 2

SABnzbd continues to refine their popular Usenet browser.  The SABnzbd 2.0.0 release includes a new module to speed up the decoding of Usenet files.  If you’re system is lagging when running SABnzbd then we suggest trying the new version.  Version 2.0.0 RC 2 was released last week.  You can choose whether you want to wait for any bugs to be flushed out.  We’re comfortable with early SABnzbd releases but with any release candidate you can expect some issues.  In this case you can expect more bugs since it’s the first alpha release. We haven’t heard of any major issues with the yet. As of Tuesday afternoon, SABnzbd 2.0.0 RC 2 has been downloaded 2,977 times.  Those who haven’t tried SABnzbd in the past are welcome to grab the latest release from their downloads page or learn more about the project at

SABnzbd 2.0.0 RC 2

SABnzbd is one of our favorite newsreaders along with NZBGet, Newshosting client, Newsbin and NewsLeecher.  All of them do a great job at downloading from Usenet.  If your goal is text newsgroups we would suggest Newsbin.  SABnzbd focuses on binary files.  The open-source client runs as a web server on your system.  You can access it through your favorite web browser.  They have versions available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Since SABnzbd is open-source and has such a large following you will find a number of cool add-ons and services like CouchPotato, Sick Beard, Sonarr and SABMobile for iOS and Android devices.  Check out the SABnzbd forum to learn more about these add-ons and others available for the client.

Here’s a full list of new features and bug fixes in the RC 2 release:

New in 2.0.0: SABYenc

To improve SABnzbd’s performance on systems where CPU power is limiting download speed, we developed a new module called SABYenc to accelerate the decoding of usenet articles. Depending on the hardware, download speed can greatly increase. The Windows and macOS releases automatically include this module, for other platforms you can read more on: If you experience issues, please report them on our Forums! The module is not mandatory, the _yenc module will continue to work and its performance will be similar.

What’s new in 2.0.0

  • Post-processing scripts now get additional job information via SAB_* environment variables – See:
  • Certificate Validation set to Strict for newly added newsservers
  • Schedule items can now be enabled and disabled
  • Remove Secondary Web Interface option
  • HTTP-redirects in interface are now relative URL’s
  • Moved some lesser used settings to Config->Specials
  • Cache usage is now updated continuously in the Status Window
  • On macOS SABnzbd was set to have low IO-priority, this is now set to normal

Bug fixes since RC 1

  • SABYenc updated to version 2.8.0 due to failure to decode some articles
  • If SABYenc was missing it could result in crashes
  • Checking for encryption during downloading could fail
  • QuickCheck could crash when renaming already renamed files
  • skip_dashboard set to 1 by default in fullstatus API-call

Who said Usenet isn’t popular?  SABnzbd continues to grow and has now passed 9 million downloads.  Having so many popular extensions integrated with the Usenet browser will only help the project continue to grow.  If you have any questions or need help getting started the SABnzbd team has some nice guides.  The forum is also a great place to ask questions and learn about all the custom add-ons.

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