Apt-fast and Axel: Faster apt-get Installations and Upgrades

Apt-fast script that combines the power of the axel download manager with the stability of apt-get.
Install axel in ubuntu

First you need to install axel in ubuntu using the following comamnd from your terminal

sudo apt-get install axel

Now you need to download apt-fast script from here.Then, just place the script somewhere (/usr/bin or /usr/sbin is ideal), rename it to apt-fast (without the .sh extension)

sudo mv apt-fast.sh apt-fast

now you need to change the permissions to downloaded script

sudo chmod +x apt-fast

Using apt-fast

Once done, just use it like apt-get. To install a single package, make sure your database is up to date (apt-fast update), and run apt-fast install packagenamehere. Watch it download with incredible speed, and install your requested packages. To upgrade or dist-upgrade, do the same thing. Just use apt-fast dist-upgrade or apt-fast upgrade.

Should your download stall for any number of reasons, you'll need to do an apt-fast clean.

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8 thoughts on “Apt-fast and Axel: Faster apt-get Installations and Upgrades

  1. This is missing just one thing; downloading multiple files at the same time! both apt-get and aptitude do this automatically if the files are from two different servers…

    anyway… this can’t be good for the Ubuntu servers (or any other server)

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  2. pls, how can i remove this? im getting some errors messages anytime i try to use synaptic, software center or update manager…

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  3. @Dare Davids
    Google your errors, I’m 100% sure that they have nothing to do with apt-fast

    Anyway.. to remove this all you need to do is the following:
    sudo find / -name “apt-fast*” -type f -exec rm {} \;

    Do this at your own risk

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