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I'm looking for a multi-threaded (fast) alternative to wget which can download large files. The choices seem to be aget, axel and aria2. I'm familiar with axel (thanks to apt-fast). Which is the best alternative?

EDIT (based on scott's suggestion): What I was looking for was a download accelerator that could download large files (videos, tar files). I had not used command line accelerators before and it seemed there were quite few options out there. I was evaluating these, and wanted to seek opinion of anyone who has used one of these.

My Answer: I have installed both arai2 (to download torrent files) and axel to download smaller files like pdf, zip files.

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closed as not constructive by Scott Severance, Amith KK, Mitch, RolandiXor, jokerdino Aug 21 '12 at 7:38

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-1 as this question is very subjective (which one is best, with no stated purpose). Voting to close as not constructive. –  Scott Severance Aug 12 '12 at 0:12
    
As I mentioned the purpose is to download large file in a multithreaded way and there are 3 options. i wanted opinions on what others think is the best tool. Anyway what i've concluded is aria2 is the tool if you want torrent and other protocols. otherwise aget/axel are equally good for downloading http links/files –  Raghu Aug 15 '12 at 10:16
    
Here is an interesting links, looks like axel cannot handle really large files (4GB). This is the kind of info I was looking for. kmandla.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/… –  Raghu Aug 15 '12 at 12:18
    
You might want to consider editing your original question to include some definition of what criteria you deem to be "best". Your comments have shown a bit of the type of info you're looking for, since your question is so vague. Without your comments, no one reading your question would know how to answer. –  Scott Severance Aug 15 '12 at 15:33
    
Thanks Scott, I have edited my question based on your suggestion. Now that the question is clear(er). Do you have an opinion on what the best download tool is? What do you use (if any) and why? –  Raghu Aug 16 '12 at 20:44

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