Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Speed up command line file download with Axel

Axel is a command line file downloading tool that can create multiple connection to download parts of the file and combine them later after the download finish. It's perfect replacement for cURL or Wget in downloading a big file.

To use it, as simple as;

axel -n 10 http://url/big-file
10 is number of connections

It's available through Homebrew, agt-get and other OS package managers, I suppose.

Using this tool always reminds me to FlashGet and Download Accelerator which I had used more than 10 years ago.

Thanks @kamal who introduced it to me.

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