How to Use ‘apt-fast’ to Speed Up apt-get/apt Package Downloads Using Multiple Mirrors

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Aaron Kili

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8 Responses

  1. Joe Gilbert says:

    I discovered this wrapper about a year ago. Any time I install Linux, I then install this. It should be put into the mainline repos. It is a must have.

    • Aaron Kili says:


      Yes, i absolutely agree with you, this is a great front-end for apt/apt-get/aptitude for Debian systems. Its efficient and reliable as well, including it in mainline repos would be so useful.

  2. Junaid Ali says:

    Thanks a lot for very helpful and detailed article, I Just want to know something . See, in windows IDM i can use multithreaded downloading and set threads upto 32 max, so each file to be downloaded gets divided into 32 parts and every thread downloads its part simultaneously.

    I want to use apt-fast for the same purpose, can you please guide me, how can i configure concurrent downloading threads or segments in apt-fast configurations ?? is it Max Number Of Connections or something else.

    Sorry for my poor communication skills hope you understand what i want to know and help me, thanks a lot again


    • Aaron Kili K says:


      Yes, it is the Max Number of Connections

      apt-fast uses more than one connection to download a single package, which i suppose is similar to the multithreaded downloading. Therefore, you need to set the Max Number of Connections to achieve something similar.

  3. Larry H. says:

    It cut my update time significantly. Running Mint 17.2 (Mate). Thanks.

  4. Allan says:

    thank you, I am use Ubuntu 16.04

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