This is a small guide on How to fix Kali Linux apt-get slow update.
Kali is relatively new and got fewer Mirrors than some other distro’s. That means less servers to download from and less servers means more people trying to download from them and using all bandwidth. So when you type in apt-get update, you see a slow download speed for packages. This just means you’re connected to a server that’s really busy. Some users complains that nothing happens or they are not getting any updates at all. Some got different issues like update stuck is header and doesn’t move any further.
To fix this, you need to check a few things:
- Check if you have the right repositories is your /etc/apt/sources.list
- Remove unwanted or unsupported repositories.
- Clean apt-get cache.
- Choose a fast DNS server.
To fix sources.list, follow this guide: How to add official Kali Linux Repositories?
To switch repositories to a different mirror of your choice, follow this guide: How to change repositories to a different mirror?
Clean apt-get cache:
Choose a proper DNS server:
Edit resolv.conf file:
Enter Google DNS nameservers
Following two are Google DNS, let’s face it, if Google is broken, we all think Internet is broken. Hence the reason of using Google DNS. You can choose other DNS Server if you want that are fast and reliable.
nameserver 184.108.40.206 nameserver 220.127.116.11
Now save and close the file.
Test your changes
Let put our changes to the test..
Do an apt-get update
Do and upgrade
Finally do a distribution upgrade
Your download speed should be a lot better than you were getting previously.
Another solution, changing from HTTP to REPO in sources.list file (14/02/2014)
One of the readers advised that by changing the repositories from HTTP to REPO, he gained significant speed up. See Sameer Barha’s comment below.
Use the following repositories (update your
## Kali Regular repositories deb http://repo.kali.org/kali kali main non-free contrib deb http://security.kali.org/kali-security kali/updates main contrib non-free ## Kali Source repositories deb-src http://repo.kali.org/kali kali main non-free contrib deb-src http://security.kali.org/kali-security kali/updates main contrib non-free
## Kali Regular repositories deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali main non-free contrib deb http://security.kali.org/kali-security kali/updates main contrib non-free ## Kali Source repositories deb-src http://http.kali.org/kali kali main non-free contrib deb-src http://security.kali.org/kali-security kali/updates main contrib non-free
This change seems to boost speed as it uses slightly different repo than the usual HTTP servers which are overloaded. Let us know how this worked for you.
In case your
sources.list file is messed up or you’re just not sure, what to put on there, follow these instruction’s to add official Kali Linux Repositories.
(Note: The above mentioned repositories are a slightly variant of the official one, you can choose either as they are both from Kali.org)
In case your DNS server is picking up (even Google’s DNS server) a repository from a different country(or avoid a specific country) and you would like to manually switch repositories to a different mirror of your choice(say in same country or just something you know working faster, follow these instruction to change repositories to a different mirror.
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Changing from http to repo made a huge difference !!
For me it's is different every time. Sometime http works better sometime repo. Either way, it's good to try when download is too slow for comfort.
Dud you are awsm ?
Thanks for the repo instead of http it works like charm to me
Thanxx Man The Second Method Is worked For mee thanks alot
Thanks! Changing http to repo sources really helped!
Repo rocks.. changed apt-get speed from sluggish b/s to 1mb/s
thanks for the info. still hovering between 3 KB/s and 4KB/s, with estimates between 11 hours and 1+ days for 25MB (on a 8Mb connection in Bangkok). i let it run all night last night, but the net (which is always spotty) got disconnected at some point. … oh well.
holy s*** it worked gr8…… updating the sources.list was awesum trick
imtheblacklight :) It’s awesome isn’t it! I was just as surprised when I first tried it!!!
Changing http to repo was awesome for me :) thanks for this nice shares :)
Here I am looking forward for another guidance such as:
1. Is it possible to auto update the content of /etc/resolv.conf?
2. What should I do to always obtain the fastest and reliable DNS Server and how to auto write them to /etc/resolv.conf frequently?
sudo apt-get install resolvconf
Once you have made sure that the resolvconf is installed, edit the configuration file using the following command:
sudo leafpad /etc/resolvconf/resolv.conf.d/base
Save it. Now the settings in resolv.conf will be permanent.
THANKX MATE … speed shot up from a measely 10 kb/s to 290 kb/s … I used the REPO trick .. awesome
I have 2 graphic cards – a built in INTEL and AMD athlon 8000 series,can i follow this method of installation of drivers without causing ambiguity for the OS as to which card to boot from ??
Well changing to repo just works, was wasting my time before! Thanks a bunch!
Thanks a lot!! Changing HTTP to repo worked for me yet again http://security.kali.org/kali-security/ kali/updates/main was slow…
Awesome Man!! Picked Up Speed combining Google DNS Servers nd “repo” made my day :) :D
Thank U blackMORE Ops nd also Sameer
Changing http to repo sources really helped me , thanks a lot man :D
The DNS change worked for me. Thanks ! : )
It was good. and very much thanks to you to help me starting to use kali linux.
Please add more posts for beginners. Thanks in advance.
do i add nameserver 18.104.22.168 and nameserver 22.214.171.124 and delete nameserver 192.168.1.254
http to repo solved it for me. thanks!
I am behind a proxy. What you told didn’t work for me. What should I do?
That http to repo worked like a charm for me in Kali 2016.1, it still works ;D
from 10kb/s to 150kb/s
Changing to repo worked like a charm for me. Thanks.
i have this message after apt-get update
failed to fetch http://security.kali.org/kali-security/dists/sana/updates/main/source/Sources
Changing from http to repo fixed my could not resolve issues. THANKS!!!
Changing from http to repo fixed my could not resolve issues. THANKS!!!
Changing from http to repo was the Solution for me, estimated time went down from about 2 hours to under 10 minutes. Thank you!
It works like a charm. Thanks for sharing this.
Site bookmarked! :)
Thanks 2nd Method Worked!
Transporting repositories from http mirrors to https is working now
root@kali:~# apt install apt-transport-https
Also change it in etc/apt/sources.list
deb https://http.kali.org/kali kali-rolling main non-free contrib
I have been running apt-get distro-upgrade for hours. The mirror from kali.download/kali runs great but when it switched to any other mirror my speed drops to b/s. I tried many things on many different websites but this comment was what actually worked. Jumped up to 250+ MB/s. Thank you!
thank you . changing http to repo save me a lot :-D from 100kbps to 600kbps download