Compared to some other distributions, Fedora Linux users may notice that the DNF download speed can be slow. This can be frustrating when you need to download and install many packages, which can occur regularly given how Fedora pushes new package updates given the type of distribution it is. Most users do not realize that a few minor tweaks to some configuration files can increase your download speed immensely.
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to configure and increase your DNF update/upgrade package manager speed on Fedora 36 Linux Workstation or Server.
Table of Contents
First, update your system to ensure all existing packages are up to date to avoid any conflicts.
sudo dnf upgrade --refresh -y
Configure DNF Package Manager
The first step is to open the following configuration using the following command.
sudo nano /etc/dnf/dnf.conf
Configure Parallel Downloads
The first option to increase the DNF speed is to add parallel downloads, and this option enabled will show results instantly after you enable it.
Add the following at the bottom of the dnf.conf configuration file.
The above tells the DNF package manager to download 10 parallel packages at the same time, 10 is the most recommended setting to start with, but you can increase this but only do so sparingly, such as from 10 to 15, 15 to 20.
Configure Fastest Mirror
The second improvement alongside parallel downloads is to enable the fastest mirror.
Add the following underneath parallel downloads in the dnf.conf configuration file.
With the fastest mirror and parallel mirrors configured, save the configuration file CTRL+O and exit CTRL+X.
The good idea is to run a DNF upgrade, and you will notice first the DNF package manager is now determining the fastest mirrors in the output.
sudo dnf upgrade --refresh
Depending on the number of parrel downloads, this may take a few moments to check and sort out, but in the long term, your DNF speeds should be incredibly faster now.
Comments and Conclusion
For users who find that this has not helped, you will need to diagnose the issue further. The above settings work best when you have 50 to 300 packages to update, and it should be incredibly faster.