Download Packages Faster In Linux with APT-FAST


The famous apt-get command is known to be used as an installation command. As an Advanced Package Tool, you can use it to install and remove application packages on various Linux distros and you can also use it to update existing Linux packages.

The most noticeable issue with the apt-get command is its slow downloads. Luckily, Matt Pernell has an answer to this particular problem. He has written a new script, apt-fast, which boosts the package downloading speeds by using multiple connections to download the same package – just like in renowned download managers like eagle get and Internet Download Manager.

Apt-fast is a shell script wrapper which thanks to the power of aria2c, is able to enable multiple connections during package download processes. And so, the apt-get and aptitude tools are still being used under the hood.

Installing apt-fast on your Linux distro:

You can use the commands below to install apt-fast 1.8 on Ubuntu 14.04 and later versions. It works on Debian-based Linux distros.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:saiarcot895/myppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y install apt-fast

After installing the apt-fast package, configure apt-fast via the command line:

  1. In the Package manager to install and remove software, the apt-fast option should be red. Press Enter to continue.
  2. Type in the number of simultaneous connections you want for apt-fast and press Enter.
  3. Choose whether to suppress apt-fast confirmation. If you would like for the confirmation to be displayed every time then leave the No option red and press Enter.

Using apt-fast in Ubuntu

apt-fast works the same way apt-get does, so it can similarly be used to install packages on your Linux distro. You can read its man page to read on more information about using it. Type the command below in your terminal:

man apt-fast

Feel free to visit Matt Parnell’s Git repository where you will find mirrors that you can add to the apt-fast.conffile in order to distribute load and increase download speeds, as well as be informed about apt-fast installation.

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Martins Okoi
Computer Science enthusiasts with a passion for learning new things. In my spare time, I listen to music, read like a compiler, and learn like an A.I algorithm.

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