AXEL(1)                     General Commands Manual                    AXEL(1)

       Axel - A light download accelerator for Linux.

       axel [OPTIONS] url1 [url2] [url...]

       Axel is a program that downloads a file from a FTP or HTTP server
       through multiple connection, each connection downloads its own part of
       the file.

       Unlike most other programs, Axel downloads all the data directly to the
       destination file, using one single thread. It just saves some time at
       the end because the program doesn't have to concatenate all the
       downloaded parts.

       One argument is required, the URL to the file you want to download.
       When downloading from FTP, the filename may contain wildcards and the
       program will try to resolve the full filename. Multiple URL's can be
       specified as well and the program will use all those URL's for the
       download. Please note that the program does not check whether the files
       are equal.

       Other options:

       --max-speed=x, -s x
              You can specify a speed (bytes per second) here and Axel will
              try to keep the average speed around this speed. Useful if you
              don't want the program to suck up all of your bandwidth.

       --num-connections=x, -n x
              You can specify an alternative number of connections here.

       --output=x, -o x
              Downloaded data will be put in a local file with the same name,
              unless you specify a different name using this option. You can
              specify a directory as well, the program will append the

       --search[=x], -S [x]
              Axel can do a search for mirrors using the
              search engine. This search will be done if you use this option.
              You can specify how many different mirrors should be used for
              the download as well.

              The search for mirrors can be time-consuming because the program
              tests every server's speed, and it checks whether the file's
              still available.

       --no-proxy, -N
              Don't use any proxy server to download the file. Not possible
              when a transparent proxy is active somewhere, of course.

              If you want to see more status messages, you can use this
              option. Use it more than once if you want to see more.

       --quiet, -q
              No output to stdout.

       --alternate, -a
              This will show an alternate progress indicator. A bar displays
              the progress and status of the different threads, along with
              current speed and an estimate for the remaining download time.

       --help, -h
              A brief summary of all the options.

       --version, -V
              Get version information.

       Long (double dash) options are supported only if your platform knows
       about the getopt_long call. If it does not (like *BSD), only the short
       options can be used.

       The program returns 0 when the download was succesful, 1 if something
       really went wrong and 2 if the download was interrupted. If something
       else comes back, it must be a bug..

       axel ftp://ftp.{be,nl,uk,de}

       This will use the Belgian, Dutch, English and German mirrors
       to download a Linux 2.4.17 kernel image.

       axel -S 4

       This will do a search for the linux-2.4.17.tar.bz2 file on and it'll use the four (if possible) fastest mirrors
       for the download.  (Possibly including

       (Of course, the commands are a single line, but they're too long to fit
       on one line in this page.)

       /etc/axelrc System-wide configuration file

       ~/.axelrc Personal configuration file

       These files are not documented in a man-page, but the example file
       which comes with the program contains enough information, I hope. The
       position of the system-wide configuration file might be different.

       Axel is Copyright 2001-2002 Wilmer van der Gaast.

       I'm sure there are some bugs left somewhere, please tell me about them
       and I will try to fix them.

       A known bug is that the program does weird things when downloading
       using hundreds of connections. Well, just don't do that.

       Wilmer van der Gaast. (