axel is another download tool on unix besides wget and fetch, etc. On freebsd, default downloader tool is using fetch. i’m very frustating when updating ports/installing package from ports using default downloader from freebsd. I want some tools like internet download manager like in windows. And then i found tools on UNIX who works like IDM, axel 🙂

installing axel quite simple in linux/BSD variant. on this documentation, i using FreeBSD.

installing axel :

#cd /usr/ports/ftp/axel

#make install clean

axel already installed on your BSD, but you must editing /etc/make.conf if you wanna use axel as your default downloader program when you installing program via ports. open /etc/make.conf and then add these lines  :


Try to installing packages via ports, and see the difference 😀


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