How to Install APT-Fast on Ubuntu 24.04, 22.04 or 20.04

This guide will demonstrate how to install APT-Fast on Ubuntu 24.04, 22.04, or 20.04 using the command-line terminal and APT-Fast stable LaunchPAD PPA.

APT-Fast is a robust tool designed to enhance the package management capabilities of Ubuntu systems. At its core, APT-Fast accelerates the process of installing and updating software by leveraging multiple connections to download packages. This utility is particularly beneficial for users, administrators, and developers seeking a more efficient and reliable way to manage packages on their Ubuntu systems.

Key features of APT-Fast include:

  • Multiple Download Sources: Utilizes multiple connections to download packages, significantly speeding up the installation and update processes.
  • Compatibility with APT: Seamlessly integrates with the existing Advanced Package Tool (APT) system, ensuring a familiar experience for Ubuntu users.
  • Reduced Download Times: Offers a practical solution for users with slower internet connections by minimizing download times.
  • Reliability: Enhances the reliability of package downloads, especially in scenarios of intermittent internet connections.
  • Customizable Settings: Allows users to tailor download settings to their specific needs, providing flexibility and control.

The transition from standard APT to APT-Fast is straightforward and brings a noticeable improvement in package handling efficiency. In the following sections, we’ll walk through the installation process, providing clear and concise instructions to get APT-Fast up and running on your Ubuntu system.

Install APT-Fast on Ubuntu via LaunchPAD PPA


To begin, access your terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T). Input this command to include the LaunchPAD PPA repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:apt-fast/stable -y

This action integrates the APT-Fast stable repository with your system, preparing it for the software download and installation.

Refresh APT Package Index

Following the repository addition, refresh your package list using:

sudo apt update

This command updates your system’s package list, ensuring it recognizes the newly added APT-Fast repository and is ready to obtain the latest software version.

Install APT-Fast with APT Command

Proceed to install APT-Fast by executing:

sudo apt install apt-fast

The installation initiates several configuration prompts for APT-Fast, allowing customization based on your preferences.

Choosing the Package Manager

During installation, you’ll be prompted to select a package manager. Options include “apt-get,” “apt,” or “aptitude.” For most users, “apt” or “apt-get” are suitable choices. In this guide, select “apt.”

Follow the onscreen instructions to continue.

Selecting Package Manager for APT-Fast on Ubuntu
Configuring APT-Fast to work with your preferred package manager

Setting the Maximum Number of Connections

Next, you’ll decide on the maximum number of connections. The default is 5, but you can adjust it to 10 or 20, based on your network’s strength and personal preference.

If unsure, it’s safe to stick with the default. The guide will later illustrate how to modify this setting.

Setting Connections in APT-Fast Configuration
Adjusting the number of connections for optimal download speed

Downloading Packages Before Confirmation

The last prompt in the APT-Fast installation process concerns the pre-download of installable packages before package manager confirmation. This setting, if enabled, bypasses the usual APT-Fast confirmation dialog.

Make a selection based on your preference.

Suppressing Confirmation Dialogue in APT-Fast
Opting to suppress confirmation dialogue for smoother updates

Configure APT-Fast on Ubuntu

Editing the APT-Fast Configuration File

To tailor APT-Fast settings, begin by editing its configuration file. Use a command-line text editor, such as Nano, for this purpose:

sudo nano /etc/apt-fast.conf
APT-Fast Configuration File Overview
A look inside the APT-Fast configuration file

Setting the Maximum Number of Connections

Locate the _MAXNUM variable within the configuration file to adjust the number of connections. For instance, setting the maximum connections to 10 is done by:


Choosing the Download Manager

APT-Fast supports different download accelerators like Axel and aria2, enhancing the efficiency of downloading packages. Understanding these options helps in making an informed choice for your system’s configuration.

  • Axel: A light and efficient download accelerator, Axel speeds up the process by using multiple connections for a single download. It’s an excellent choice for users looking for a straightforward, minimalistic solution that integrates well with the existing package management system.
  • Aria2: On the other hand, aria2 is a more versatile download utility. It supports various protocols including HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, SFTP, and BitTorrent. aria2 is known for its flexibility and is suited for users who require a wide range of features and advanced downloading capabilities.

To switch between these download managers in APT-Fast, locate the DOWNLOADBELOW line in the configuration file. For aria2, adjust the line to:

DOWNLOADBELOW="aria2c -c -s ${_MAXNUM} -x ${_MAXNUM} -k 1M -q --file-allocation=none"

If you prefer Axel, modify the line as follows:


Be sure to save your changes after selecting the preferred download manager.

Configuring APT-Fast Mirrors

APT-Fast can leverage multiple mirrors to enhance download speeds. Configure these in the /etc/apt-fast.list file. Open it using nano:

sudo nano /etc/apt-fast.list

Inside this file, you can add or modify the list of mirrors. For example, you can add the following line to use a mirror from the United States:

deb $RELEASE main restricted universe multiverse

Replace $RELEASE with your Ubuntu version’s codename, like jammy for Ubuntu 22.04.

After editing, save and close the file.

Configuring Mirrors in APT-Fast
Customizing mirror settings for faster downloads

Basic APT-Fast Commands on Ubuntu

Basic Commands

APT-Fast enhances the standard APT commands, streamlining package management tasks. Below are key commands to integrate APT-Fast into your workflow.

To update the package list using APT-Fast, run:

sudo apt-fast update

For package installation, such as htop, the command is:

sudo apt-fast install htop

Upgrade APT-Fast Command

To update all installed packages to their latest available versions, execute:

sudo apt-fast upgrade

This command ensures that your system’s packages are up-to-date, maintaining both functionality and security.

APT-Fast Update and Upgrade Prompt
Prompt for downloading package updates and upgrades
Results of Using APT-Fast for Downloads
Showcasing APT-Fast’s download speed and efficiency

Full Upgrade APT-Fast Command

For major version upgrades, like moving from Ubuntu 20.04 to 22.04, use:

sudo apt-fast dist-upgrade

This process can be time-consuming and requires careful attention. Always back up your important data before initiating a distribution upgrade to safeguard against potential data loss.


There you have it! We’ve walked through the essentials of installing and configuring APT-Fast on Ubuntu 24.04, 22.04 or 20.04, from adding the PPA to fine-tuning settings for optimal performance. Remember, APT-Fast is all about speeding up your package installations while maintaining the ease and familiarity of APT. Keep experimenting with the settings to find what works best for your setup. And hey, don’t forget to back up your data before any major upgrades.

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