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/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.

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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

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About Alyse Kalish

Alyse Kalish
As an Associate Editor for The SalesJobInfo, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.

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