Accelerate Apt-Get Downloads In Ubuntu With Apt Fast


Installing and updating packages using apt-get commands in Ubuntu can be quite frustrating when a large package is being downloaded. But thanks to Matt Parnell, this problem has now been resolved. Apt Fast is a shell script which accelerates the speed of apt-get downloads. It requires the Axel application which enhances the speed of  HTTP/FTP downloads by using multiple sources for one file. After installation, it replaces apt-get and allows speeding up downloads by replacing apt-get with apt-fast commands.


To use Apt fast, you will first require installing Axel, which can be installed from the following Terminal command:

sudo apt-get install axel

Once done, install Apt fast by entering the following commands in the Terminal.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tldm217/
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install apt-fast

After Apt fast is installed, replace apt-get with apt-fast commands for an accelerated download speed.

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You can also check out the alternative installation method for Apt fast from the developer’s website here and download the .Sh file from the download link given below. However, I found the above mentioned method to be quite easy and hassle free.

Download Apt Fast