axel | Light and Fast Download Accelerator for Linux

Axel is a light and fast download accelerator with both a command line and Graphical User Interface (GUI).

Axel is able to accelerate your downloads by using more than one HTTP/FTP connection with each connection transfers its own, individual, part of the file. It can also use multiple mirrors per download.

To download and install Axel, look for it using your distro package manager. You can also download it directly from HERE. If using Ubuntu, you can get it via the Ubuntu Software Center, Synaptic Package Manager, or via the command line:

sudo apt-get install axel

To use Axel from the Linux terminal, simply type “axel” followed by the URL or location of the file that you would like to download:


The downloaded file will be placed at your home folder by default.

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3 thoughts on “axel | Light and Fast Download Accelerator for Linux

  1. Axel 04/04/2010 / 15:54

    Un par de tips:
    con -a visualizamos la descarga de una manera mas “compacta”.
    con -n podemos establecer cuantas conexiones simultaneas para bajar.

    Por mi parte lo uso mucho, lo recomiendo, no solamente xq se llame igual q yo jajaja


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