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/tahutek.net 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.
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.