Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Download Accelerators For Linux

There is a command line download manager “wget” ( to use it type $wget[enter] ) .This package is usually included in the Fedora distros dont know about others .i used to use this as it was really fast and easy to use . But then sometimes i used to get very slow speeds .So i thought of searching for a better download manager for linux ( preferably command-line ;) ).

With help from google ( ;) ) i managed to find two great download managers

1. AXEL ( command-line)
2. Prozilla ( GUI )

1. AXEL :-

It’s mecanism is simple .It opens more than one HTTP/FTP connection per download and each connection transfers its own, separate, part of the file. It may sound weird, but it works very well in practice. For example, some FTP sites limit the speed of each connection, therefore opening more than one connection at a time multiplies the allowable bandwidth. Be forewarned that some FTP operators don’t like it when you do this. It is better to open the additional connections on several servers and download from all of them simultaneously. Axel supports this feature too. You may either specify a list of mirrors to use or tell the program to search for mirrors.

Installing AXEL :-

For Debian users :-

# apt-get install axel

For Others :-

1. Download the tar file :-


( you will use wget for the last time for this i gurantee u ;) )

2.Untar the tarball :-

tar -zxvf axel-1.0b.tar.gz

3.Configure and compile the code :-


4. Install Axel :-

make install

To download a file all you gotta do is :-


Its very fast than wget … as much as 400% ( varies frm server to sever , file to file :D )


One of the drawbacks of axel is that u cant specify the ftp user name and password .For this u can use prozilla an equally fast downloader comes with a decent gui.

u can either install by using apt ( debian users ) or yum ( others ).Or u can download it frm the offical website

u can use it by typing :-

$ proz

SO happy downloading

If u have found a better downloader please inform me in the comments

PS:i am writing this post @ 4:44 am :(

PS2:I think i will sleep now , buzy day ahead

PS3: Finished top have to finish talk command :( is the submission :(

PS4: It’s very hard to find a topic to write on :D


Blogger joram said...

Ever tried lftp? Comes with Fedora. It´s effective & supports http, ftp, bookmark resuming e.t.c.

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