Downloading Made Easy And Fast With Apt-Proz And ProZilla

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So you’re using Ubuntu or Ubuntu derivatives and want to install/update/upgrade packages, what are you going to do? The answer is very simple and we all know the answer: apt-get. We can install packages using command: apt-get install <package-name>, update packages with command: apt-get update, or upgrade using command: apt-get upgrade. This is the default and traditional method of Ubuntu.

Suppose if you’re not happy with the speed of apt-get, you can use apt-fast instead. Apt-fast is simple shell script that increases the apt-get and aptitude download speed. For more details check out our previous tutorial about apt-fast here.

Well, today we will see some other tool called apt-proz that can be used to speed up the download speed of apt-get. apt-proz is a shell script similar to apt-fast that increases the download speed of apt-get and aptitude by many times(atleast for the developer!). While apt-fast uses Axel or aria2c download manager, apt-proz uses ProZilla download accelerator instead.

ProZilla is a full featured command line download accelerator for Linux operating systems. It downloads a files by splitting into multiple pieces and downloads them simultaneously form multiple connections. It supports pause/resume, http/ftp protocols.

ProZilla Features

- Supports FTP.
- Supports HTTP including redirection.
- Proxy servers supported.
- Resume Supported.
- Improved error checking and correction.
- Complete acceleration: The file will be downloaded as fast as possible as your bandwidth allows.
- FTP passwords can be specified with the URL, or can be obtained automatically from the .netrc if it exists.
- The number of connections that prozilla uses can be changed.

Install ProZilla and Apt-proz on Ubuntu / Linux Mint

We can install the ProZilla and Apt-Proz on Ubuntu and its derivatives using PPA as shown below.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tahutek-team/prozilla
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install prozilla apt-proz

If you encounter with an conflicting error that says: “locale.alias”, you can resolve this error as by manually installing the deb file as shown below:

$ cd /var/cache/apt/archives/
$ sudo dpkg -i --force-overwrite prozilla*.deb
$ sudo apt-get install -f

ProZilla Usage

Let us how to use ProZilla.

Syntax:

$ proz <options> <download-url>

Example:

I am going to download Ubuntu 13.10 ISO using Prozilla, so the command would be:

$ proz http://releases.ubuntu.com/saucy/ubuntu-13.10-desktop-amd64.iso

To resume the download use ‘r’ flag.

$ proz -r http://releases.ubuntu.com/saucy/ubuntu-13.10-desktop-amd64.iso

To limit the download speed in bits, use argument –max-bps as shown below.

$ proz --max-bps=51200 http://releases.ubuntu.com/saucy/ubuntu-13.10-desktop-amd64.iso

For more detailed usage, enter the following command in Terminal:

$ proz --help

Apt-proz Usage

Apt-proz usage is fairly simple and similar to apt-get usage. We can use this as the way we use apt-get command.

To install a package, hit the following command:

$ sudo apt-proz install <package-name>

To update system:

$ sudo apt-proz update

To upgrade system:

$ sudo apt-proz upgrade

For more details, refer the man pages.

$ man prozilla

Cheers!

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