Download speed : vagrant init vs wget vs aria2

by Sanjeev on February 15, 2017

Downloading a large box file is not fun. After trying to download the it multiple times, waiting for more than couple hours, I gave up on the belief that I will ever have a successful download via vagrant

Below are couple different ways to achive that and how long it took for me. Each person will get a different mileage based on their connection speed and other factors, but below are my observaction

  • Method 1: Download using vagrant

Inference: I can see the progress being made in download but the estimated time remaining stayed fairly consistant instead of reducing, around 1 hour and 30 minutes. I tried using vagrant up the previous day and after couple hours it was time for me to go home and I gave up after 2.5 hours. The subsequent downloads does say it’s trying to continuing from prior download, but I seriously doubt that.

  • Method 2: Download using wget

Inference: Looks like it could take multiple hours using wget as well. After 30 minutes, I gave up on this

  • Method 3: Using aria2 – The winner

Inference: The download took way less time than the two other methods. Total time taken was less than 30 minutes


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Rahul October 4, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Thanks for this :) I was deciding if I should go with aria2c in conjunction with youtube-dl Your analysis helps decide fairly confidentially


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