Ubuntu has so many mirror repository we can choose. Sometimes the mirror exists in our country that near with our internet provider.
Thank to this answer on askubuntu.com we can automatically select fastest (maybe) mirror based on our geographic location.
This configuration will automatically select best mirror based on our geographic location. However, this doesn’t necessary mean the fastest server. Add following entry at the top of
/etc/apt/source.list file. You may delete other entry if you wish.
deb mirror://mirrors.ubuntu.com/mirrors.txt xenial main restricted universe multiverse deb mirror://mirrors.ubuntu.com/mirrors.txt xenial-updates main restricted universe multiverse deb mirror://mirrors.ubuntu.com/mirrors.txt xenial-backports main restricted universe multiverse deb mirror://mirrors.ubuntu.com/mirrors.txt xenial-security main restricted universe multiverse
xenial part with your ubuntu version such as trusty, artful, bionic.
The following is for other option to select ubuntu mirror.
- Python with pip package manager
- Internet connection (obviously)
- Installation from pip (python package manager)
sudo pip install apt-select
- Manual installation with git
git clone https://github.com/jblakeman/apt-select python apt-select/setup.py install
Open terminal and run
apt-select command. By default, if country code is not provided it will select mirror from US (united stated). Available options are:
usage: apt-select [-h] [-C [COUNTRY]] [-t [NUMBER]] [-m [STATUS] | -p] [-c | -l] Find the fastest Ubuntu apt mirrors. Generate new sources.list file. optional arguments: -h, --help show this help message and exit -C [COUNTRY], --country [COUNTRY] specify a country to test its list of mirrors used to match country list file names found at mirrors.ubuntu.com COUNTRY should follow ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 format default: US -t [NUMBER], --top-number [NUMBER] specify number of mirrors to return default: 1 -m [STATUS], --min-status [STATUS] return mirrors with minimum status choices: up-to-date one-day-behind two-days-behind one-week-behind unknown default: up-to-date -p, --ping-only rank mirror(s) by latency only, disregard status(es) cannot be used with -m/--min-status -c, --choose choose mirror from a list requires -t/--top-num NUMBER where NUMBER > 1 -l, --list print list of mirrors only, don't generate file cannot be used with -c/--choose
Copy the generated file into
# Backup current sources.list cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.backup # Copy the generated file cp sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list