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hellanzb is a Python application that retrieves NZB files and fully processes them.

The goal of this software is to make getting files from Usenet as hands-free as possible. Once fully installed, all that is required is to move an NZB file to the queue directory. The rest; fetching, par-checking, un-raring, etc. is taken care of by this software.

Whilst hellanzb is no longer being maintained, it is included in popular Linux distributions.

 hellanzb 0.13

Free to download



Philip Jenvey, Alexander Botero-Lowry, Ben Bangert


System Requirements
Python 2.3 or higher
Twisted 2.0 or higher
Twisted Web or Twisted 1.3
par2cmdline 0.4
rar or unrar 3.41


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Features include:

  • Downloads and post processes archives
  • Configurable queue (like nzbq and similar apps), allows on the fly (during download) organization to the queue
  • Extremely quick, low CPU usage, integrated Usenet retriever
  • Hella smart post processor, automatically handles:
    • Par2/par1 verification and repair (can handle archives with multiple par file sets)
    • Unraring (can handle archives with multiple rar sets)
    • Joining split .ts files and files split via hjsplit and similar tools
    • Configurable music decompression via external cmd line apps. can spawn multiple decompress processes (especially handy for multi processor/SMP servers)
    • Picks up post processing where it left off (if canceled due to exiting the program/CTRL-C) after restarting hellanzb
    • Post processes all sub directories
    • Optionally deletes all processed files after successful post processing (like rars and pars)
  • Mac OS X Growl notification support
  • libnotify notification support
  • Run as a daemon process
  • Fast Web UI via HellaHella with bookmarklet's for one-click downloading at newzbin
  • Automated Episode Downloading with  PADS or other Automated Episode Downloaders

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