Usenet Resource Downloader (URD)

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URD is a program to download binaries from usenet (newsgroups) through a web interface.

While some other programs offer similar services (e.g. Ninan, Sabnzbd), URD doesn't need external NZB files to function. URD lets you subscribe to newsgroups, and will then automatically analyse those articles to form downloadable ‘sets', consisting of all the files belonging to a specific upload. These sets are displayed, and through point and click you can be downloading a binary in no time.
That isn't to say that NZB files are unsupported.  URD allows both exporting of NZB files (from a set, for example) and importing.

What can and can't URD do?


* Authentication to newsserver
* Encryption of newsserver connection (TLS & SSLv2)
* Multiple newsserver connections
* Automatic detection of max. newsserver connections
* Downloading newsgroup headers (Xover)
* Downloading compressed newsgroup headers (Xzver)
* Computing sets from individual articles
* Importing sets from RSS feeds
* Schedule periodic newsgroup updates
* Download from an NZB file
* Download binary as an NZB file
* Periodically check if URD is up to date
* Preview function to quickly see .jpg / .nfo files in a set
* Cross-site Request Forgery (XSRF) protection
* (Smarty) Templates
* Multiple languages (EN/NL/DE/FR/SE)
* Multiple newsserver support
* User defined scripts can be run after a download completes
* Upload to newsservers
* Read posts in non-alt.binaries newsgroups

Dont's (yet):

* Automatic update to newer version without having to reinstall URD
* Automatically install new templates

Install URD in ubuntu

Download .deb package from here now you need to install .deb package by double clicking on it or using the following command from your terminal

sudo dpkg -i urd_1.0.5-1_all.deb

After the first installation...

there are probably two things you need to change:

Change PHP's max memory usage:

sudo vi /etc/php5/cli/php.ini

memory_limit = 128M

Uncomment the include path (for Smarty):

sudo vi /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini

include_path = ".:/usr/share/php"

URD configuration and installation:

Now you can start the installation by accessing the URD website address!


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5 Responses

  1. Tim Beckwith says:

    Don’t you guys EVER test your instructions out before posting them? I first downloaded the necessary file as suggested. But posting the command:

    sudo dpkg -i urd_1.0.5-1_all.deb

    Resulted in the following:

    Selecting previously deselected package urd.
    (Reading database … 197633 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking urd (from urd_1.0.5-1_all.deb) …
    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of urd:
    urd depends on apache2; however:
    Package apache2 is not installed.
    urd depends on php5; however:
    Package php5 is not installed.
    urd depends on mysql-server; however:
    Package mysql-server is not installed.
    urd depends on php5-cli; however:
    Package php5-cli is not installed.
    urd depends on php5-mysql; however:
    Package php5-mysql is not installed.
    urd depends on yydecode; however:
    Package yydecode is not installed.
    urd depends on unrar; however:
    Package unrar is not installed.
    urd depends on par2; however:
    Package par2 is not installed.
    urd depends on smarty; however:
    Package smarty is not installed.
    urd depends on php5-xmlrpc; however:
    Package php5-xmlrpc is not installed.
    urd depends on php5-curl; however:
    Package php5-curl is not installed.
    urd depends on php5-gmp; however:
    Package php5-gmp is not installed.
    dpkg: error processing urd (–install):
    dependency problems – leaving unconfigured
    Errors were encountered while processing:

    In my house you are becoming well known as an advice source which is rarely to be trusted.

  2. Spearhead says:

    The easiest way to install URD on ubuntu is probably by using GetDeb. That will fix the dependencies.

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  4. Mbram says:

    Make sure to follow these instructions after you install URD but before you do the web configuration to make sure your download directory is configured correctly. Otherwise the web configuration will fail on the last step:

  5. harry krishna says:

    i’m at “Installation script (4/6)” without a clue. is this worth the effort?

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