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I am new to Ubuntu and using 14.04.2. I am finding apt-get downloads extremely slow. Most are coming from security.ubuntu.com or us.archive.ubuntu.com. I am only getting download speeds from 5 to 12 kB/s which is only 2% of my network speed. And for pkgs with dependent pkgs, the reconnect for each new package often takes several minutes. Just doing apt-get upgrade took around 10 hours. Is this normal? Are the servers slow or so busy? I found yum with RedHat much faster.

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    I used Debian, and have not seen these problems. If it is the servers, then changing to a more local mirror may help: find out how to edit /etc/apt/sources.list or change it using a graphical package manager (synaptic has a tool to do this, in settings/repositories menu). Jul 24, 2015 at 22:04
  • happened today, download speeds dropped to 125Bps (no, the k is not missing). Resetting the router fixed it for me. Jun 16, 2021 at 21:46

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It seems to be a problem with the sources. Go to

System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Download from -> Select best server

For more additional details, refer this thread.

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In my case, I had set a bandwidth limit in /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/50unattended-upgrades:

// Use apt bandwidth limit feature, this example limits the download
// speed to 70kb/sec
Acquire::http::Dl-Limit "70";

(I wasn't expecting this to affect my "attended upgrades" also..)

As soon as I commented out this line, apt install went much faster.

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The apt-fast package can be installed in all currently supported versions of Ubuntu by adding the apt-fast/stable PPA to your software sources and installing it using these commands.

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

During the apt-fast installation process, you will be prompted to perform some package configuration. After successfully installing apt-fast, simply use it the same way you run apt or apt-get.

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  • I noticed that your PPA isn't supported past Ubuntu 16.04, so I substituted the more up-to-date ppa:apt-fast/stable. You can rollback my edit if you want to by clicking the rollback link here.
    – karel
    Mar 24, 2019 at 8:47
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    Interesting solution, it's a shame that it requires to run apt-get update which is the broken thing that we are attempting to fix.
    – matteo
    Dec 15, 2019 at 12:32
  • @matteo I don't think you do. if you use -u on add-apt-repository, so it all becomes sudo add-apt-repository -u ppa:apt-fast/stable && sudo apt -y install apt-fast Nov 24, 2020 at 13:04
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This is added late, current os 20.04 focal, had a few weeks of having to wait 3 or more minutes at the end of apt-get update for some unknown cause. I struggled with trying to find a fix via search engine. Somehow I came across an article about snap and complaint that it took too much time.

I found this at https://cialu.net/a-better-ubuntu-linux-without-the-crappy-snap/

I ran the following:

$ sudo apt autoremove --purge snapd gnome-software-plugin-snap

I was worried about all the removals, but apt-get update runs like it used to. Question: Is snap a cloud based thing? ( that would explain the time delay )

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For me a fake sd card from amazon was the problem... Was supposed to be 64Gb but was actually 4GB. TBF amazon accepted return. Having popped to Argos and bought a 64GB card for 10 quid its working fine and ubuntu now runs acceptably.

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