Downloading Made Easy And Fast With Apt-Proz And ProZilla
So you’re using Ubuntu or Ubuntu derivatives and want to install/update/upgrade packages, what are you going to do? The answer is very simple and we all know the answer: apt-get. We can install packages using command: apt-get install <package-name>, update packages with command: apt-get update, or upgrade using command: apt-get upgrade. This is the default and traditional method of Ubuntu.
Suppose if you’re not happy with the speed of apt-get, you can use apt-fast instead. Apt-fast is simple shell script that increases the apt-get and aptitude download speed. For more details check out my previous tutorial about apt-fast here.
Well, today we will see some other tool called apt-proz that can be used to speed up the download speed of apt-get. apt-proz is a shell script similar to apt-fast that increases the download speed of apt-get and aptitude by many times(atleast for the developer!). While apt-fast uses Axel or aria2c download manager, apt-proz uses ProZilla download accelerator instead.
ProZilla is a full featured command line download accelerator for Linux operating systems. It downloads a files by splitting into multiple pieces and downloads them simultaneously form multiple connections. It supports pause/resume, http/ftp protocols.
– Supports FTP.
– Supports HTTP including redirection.
– Proxy servers supported.
– Resume Supported.
– Improved error checking and correction.
– Complete acceleration: The file will be downloaded as fast as possible as your bandwidth allows.
– FTP passwords can be specified with the URL, or can be obtained automatically from the .netrc if it exists.
– The number of connections that prozilla uses can be changed.
Install ProZilla and Apt-proz on Ubuntu / Linux Mint
We can install the ProZilla and Apt-Proz on Ubuntu and its derivatives using PPA as shown below.