Make apt-get Installations and Upgrades 26x faster with apt-fast

The apt-fast script  little shellscript that increases the speed of apt-get by many times. You need to have the axel download accelerator installed, which is a simple, short process, but everything else is extremely straight forward. After installing and using apt-fast   you will notice that the speed of downloading  and installing a package  is  more than 26 times faster than before.

  • Installing apt-fast

To install apt-fast you need first to download and install the axel download accelerator. It is really a good drop-in replacement for wget, as it is bash based. Once installed, we are ready to setup apt-fast.

For Ubuntu and LinuxMint users :

 sudo apt-get install axel

Now open terminal and enter the following commands, this will add  repository ,update and install and install apt-fast

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

To install a single package, make sure your database is up to date apt-fast update run 

apt-fast install packagename

You will notice that the speed of downloading the package has increased.

Now To upgrade or dist-upgrade, do the same thing.

 apt-fast dist-upgrade or apt-fast upgrade.

  • pepe

    26 times is a rough estimate of the download increase you got, I assume. This speed increase is completely dependent on the user’s internet provider and the reasons why their download speed is what it is. There is nothing to say others will get anything like the speedup you got. There is also nothing to say its limited to 26x either. Its important not to release misleading information.

    I checked the script file and it only uses axel to download the updates in parallel (and usually from the same web host). This in effect is overriding limits put in place by the repository admins.

    Downloading is only part of the process. This does not increase installation speed since it just calls apt-get normally.

    Downloads aren’t done in parallel by default because it abuses the web servers bandwidth. This could force the repository admins to restrict bandwidth on a per-IP basis, which will end up putting you back at square 1.

  • Werfu

    People shouldn’t be using these kind of accelerator while only setting only one mirror because it will effectively abuse the server bandwitdh. That said, if you’re using multiple mirror, than I see no problem in using this.

  • pepe

    You are exactly right. There is actually a project somewhere which leeches off multiple mirrors, but I forget the name of it. I checked the website of the guy who made this script and his other stuff is actually kinda hardcore. Maybe the article authors should note the author and his website, or better yet – remind them that it doesn’t even use axel. It uses aria.

  • Risman

    Is apt-fast reliable and stable enough for everyday use?

  • inameiname

    Appears so, although I noticed in Lucid when I first used it hardcore there were several times it would freeze for several seconds before resuming a particular download. Other than that, it works just as well (seemingly faster) than apt-get.

    To note, though, another one, apt-proz, seems to do even better than apt-fast for me ever since I installed it under Maverick. Here is a link for it. It uses prozilla instead of axel:

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