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I am using Ubuntu 12.04 . and I use Firefox for browsing and downloading . i would like to increase downloading speed. How can i do increase downloading speed ?

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Buy more bandwidth from your ISP or download from a website with more bandwidth depending on which is the bottleneck. For big files (like .iso's for Ubuntu) I will often use a torrent client (Transmission is the default in Ubuntu) instead of downloading through a web browser. – adempewolff May 22 '12 at 7:11
Try a download manager since they are able to search for mirror sites, and handle different connections to download the same file more quickly. – Mitch May 22 '12 at 8:10
@Mitch Generally, these have little improvement as the bottleneck is the last-mile service to the ISP. – hexafraction Aug 19 '12 at 19:04

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Use Axel: it will download each file from multiple servers (if available), thus increasing significantly the download speed.

sudo apt-get install axel 

Install FlashGot addon in Firefox

Set Axel in Flashgot options as the main downloader or just for capturing media.

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This is an old post. I notice a recent up-vote and I want to point out that now I use a different download accelerator, namely uGet beta (1.99), which uses curl and aria2 plugins to maximize speed with multiple connections. The results are better for me now than with Axel, while also using a GUI. Integration with Firefox is done automatically if FlashGot is installed.

The needed settings are:

  • Right click a category (or better All category), 'Default new download' set number of Max connections to 6 or 8 or 10... etc

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  • Edit-Settings-Pluggings, plugins matching order: curl+aria2

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This is awesome and worth to look this post. – Arup Rakshit May 11 '14 at 17:29

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