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Axel tries to accelerate the downloading process by using multiple connections for one file, similar to DownThemAll and other famous programs. It can also use multiple mirrors for one download.

Using Axel, you will get files faster from Internet. So, Axel can speed up a download up to 60% (approximately, according to some tests).

Axel supports HTTP, HTTPS, FTP and FTPS protocols.

Axel tries to be as light as possible, so it might be useful as a wget clone (and other console based programs) on byte-critical systems.

Installed size: 225 KB
How to install: sudo apt install axel

  • libc6
  • libssl3t64

Light command line download accelerator

root@kali:~# axel -h
Axel 2.17.13 (linux-gnu)
Usage: axel [options] url1 [url2] [url...]

--max-speed=x		-s x	Specify maximum speed (bytes per second)
--num-connections=x	-n x	Specify maximum number of connections
--max-redirect=x		Specify maximum number of redirections
--output=f		-o f	Specify local output file
--search[=n]		-S[n]	Search for mirrors and download from n servers
--ipv4			-4	Use the IPv4 protocol
--ipv6			-6	Use the IPv6 protocol
--header=x		-H x	Add HTTP header string
--user-agent=x		-U x	Set user agent
--no-proxy		-N	Just don't use any proxy server
--insecure		-k	Don't verify the SSL certificate
--no-clobber		-c	Skip download if file already exists
--quiet			-q	Leave stdout alone
--verbose		-v	More status information
--alternate		-a	Alternate progress indicator
--percentage		-p	Print simple percentages instead of progress bar (0-100)
--help			-h	This information
--timeout=x		-T x	Set I/O and connection timeout
--version		-V	Version information

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Updated on: 2024-May-23