How to limit wget download rate

Written by Guillermo Garron .
Date: 2013-07-07 20:52:13 -0400

When you are downloading a very big file over the Internet, and you are sharing the Internet conection with others, for example with your family at home. It would nice to limit the rate at which your file is being downloaded to left enough room in the conection for the rest to use.

Fortunately that is easy if you are using wget.

If you want to limit the rate or speed of wget you can do it, with the –limit-rate option. The command will look something like this.

wget --limit-rate 60k http://server.url/

That command will limit the download rate to 60 Kilo bytes per second. Which is the same to say, 480 Kbps.

You can use m to denote Mega Bytes per second.


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