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apt-fast: A shellscript wrapper for apt that speeds up downloading of packages.
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apt-fast 1.8

apt-fast is a shellscript wrapper for apt-get and aptitude that can drastically improve apt download times by downloading packages in parallel, with multiple connections per package.


Ubuntu 14.04 and later versions

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

Ubuntu 11.04~13.10 (out of date)

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

Ubuntu PPA

You can use the Ubuntu PPA to get a graphical configuration file setup and automatic updates, for details see:

Some distros, such as PCLinuxOS include apt-fast in their repos.


A manual install can be performed as such:

cp apt-fast /usr/bin/
chmod +x /usr/bin/apt-fast
cp apt-fast.conf /etc

You need to have aria2c installed:

apt-get install aria2

Then simply run apt-fast instead of apt-get or aptitude.

Multiple mirrors

Adding multiple mirrors will further speed up downloads and distribute load, be sure to add mirrors near to your location. Official mirror lists:

Then add them to whitespace and comma separated list in config file, e.g.:

MIRRORS=( ',,,' )
MIRRORS=( ',,,,' )

NOTE: To use any mirrors you may have in sources.list or sources.list.d you will need to add them to the apt-fast.conf mirror list.



cp completions/bash/apt-fast /etc/bash_completion.d/
chown root:root /etc/bash_completion.d/apt-fast
. /etc/bash_completion


cp completions/zsh/_apt-fast /usr/share/zsh/functions/Completion/Debian/
chown root:root /usr/share/zsh/functions/Completion/Debian/_apt-fast
source /usr/share/zsh/functions/Completion/Debian/_apt-fast

Man page installation

cp ./man/apt-fast.8 /usr/share/man/man8
gzip -f9 /usr/share/man/man8/apt-fast.8
cp ./man/apt-fast.conf.5 /usr/share/man/man5
gzip -f9 /usr/share/man/man5/apt-fast.conf.5


Consider apt-fast and all of its derivatives licensed under the GNU GPLv3+.

Copyright: 2008-2012 Matt Parnell, Improvements, maintenance, revisions - 2012 Dominique Lasserre

Special thanks

  • Travis/travisn000 - support for complex apt-get commands
  • Alan Hoffmeister - aria2c support
  • Abhishek Sharma - aria2c with proxy support
  • Luca Marchetti - improvements on the locking system and downloader execution
  • Richard Klien - Autocompletion, Download Size Checking (made for on ubuntu, untested on other distros)
  • Patrick Kramer Ruiz - suggestions
  • Sergio Silva - test to see if axel is installed, root detection/sudo autorun, lock file check/creation
  • Waldemar {BOB}{Burnfaker} Wetzel - lockfile improvements, separate config file
  • maclarke - locking improvements
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