Configure Scheduling

Configure Scheduling

You may want to restrict downloading to specific time slots. This can be because your ISP or Usenet provider wants you to.
Or maybe you don't want to download during peak usage of your family.
SABnzbd allows you to specify moments to switch between PAUSE and RESUME mode, set a speedlimit or shutdown SABnzbd.
Each schedule block is repeated one per week or every day.
The four parameters of a schedule block are, from left to right:

Hour The hour on which the switch occurs. Range is 0 to 23.
Minutes The minute on which the switch occurs. Range is 0 to 59.
Day The day of the week on which the switch occurs. Daily or only on each Monday, Tuesday, etc.
Action Pause will stop downloading
Pause-all will stop downloading, Watched Folder scanning and RSS feeds, stops all disk activity.
Resume will continue downloading, Watched Folder scanning and RSS feeds
Shutdown will exit the SABnzbd program
Speedlimit will set the speedlimiter to the given value
Restart will restart SABnzbd on the given time
Server-name will enable or disable a server on the given time
Argument Pass an argument to the scheduler. Number for a speed limit value. 0 or 1 for disabling or enabling a server


On startup, SABnzbd will evaluate all schedules and determine the current pause/resume state and speedlimit.
The —pause command-line parameter will override this evaluation.
Also on each schedule change, the schedule will be re-evaluated and the speedlimit will be set. If SABnzbd happened to be paused, it will NOT be resumed by the schedule evaluation. This is to prevent spontaneous resumption during schedule changes.


Suppose you only want to download on weekdays between 1:00AM and 5:30PM and in the weekend between 1:00 AM and 11:00AM.
You set this up using four schedule blocks.

Resume downloading every day at 1:00AM:
01:00 Daily Resume

Pause downloading every day at 5:30PM (= 17:30 military time):
17:30 Daily Pause

Pause downloading on Saturday 11:00AM:
11:00 Saturday Pause

Pause downloading on Sunday 11:00AM:
11:00 Sunday Pause

Enable server on Monday 6:00AM:
06:00 1

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