How to Limit File Download Speed Using Wget in Linux

Wget is a widely used, non-interactive command line utility for retrieving files from the web. Just like most similar tools out there, it supports limiting of download speed, which allows you to set the maximum download limit so as not to flood your (perhaps slow) internet connection and let other applications access more bandwidth, especially if you are running multiple network applications on your machine.

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In this short article, we will show you how to limit internet download speed for particular file using wget command in Linux.

How to Limit File Download Speed Using Wget

When using wget, you can limit the file retrieval rate with the --limit-rate switch. The value can be expressed in bytes, kilobytes with the k suffix, or megabytes with the m suffix.

The following examples show how to limit the file download speed to 50KB/s with wget command.

$ wget --limit-rate=50k
Wget - Limit File Download Speed
Wget – Limit File Download Speed

To turn off its output, use the -q flag.

$ wget -q --limit-rate=50k

For more information on how limiting of file download speed is implemented, see the wget man page and read about the --limit-rate option.

$ man wget 

You might also like to check out these following articles about wget utility.

  1. 5 Linux Command Line Based Tools for Downloading Files
  2. How to Download Files to Specific Directory Using Wget
  3. How to Rename File While Downloading with Wget in Linux
  4. How to Download and Extract Tar Files with One Command

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