27. March 2011 · 1 comment · Categories: Linux

Apt-Get is a great command line tool for downloading apps in Linux, but lately I’ve tried apt-fast …Apt-fast is a simple command line utility that can make installation and upgrading of softwares in Ubuntu/Debian much faster.

Apt-Fast uses the Axel download accelerator to download different pieces of a package simultaneously, lowering the total time it takes to download a package (this is all about HTTP/FTP downloads). To set it up, download the shell script, put it in your home folder, and run the following commands:

[pensacola@pensacola-tech ~]# sudo apt-get install axel

[pensacola@pensacola-tech ~]#sudo mv apt-fast.sh /usr/bin/apt-fast

[pensacola@pensacola-tech ~]#sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/apt-fast

You can now install packages from terminal using the “apt-fast” argument.

E.g: [pensacola@pensacola-tech ~]#apt-fast install gftp

Note that this doesn’t speed up your actual internet connection, just downloads from Synaptic or the Ubuntu Software Center!