freebsd_axelWe have already referred to a very useful FreeBSD tip (How to use Meta Ports to install group of ports) on before, and there’s another great howto:

Download ports simultaneously with multiple connections

By default, ports uses 1 connection to download and thus unbearably slow when a server rate limit the connection. Alternatively, we can tell ports to use external utility in order to open multiple connections and download simultaneously.

Go here to see how you can download FreeBSD ports simultaneously with Axel.

Axel tries to accelerate HTTP/FTP downloading process by using multiple connections for one file. It can use multiple mirrors for a download. Axel has no dependencies and is lightweight, so it might be useful as a wget clone on byte-critical systems.