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Metalink is an open standard that harnesses the speed and power of peer to peer networking, FTP, and HTTP within a single click. For increased convenience, it stores the multiple download locations for a file (FTP/HTTP/P2P) in a single metafile with the extension .metalink. This provides reliability in case one or many servers fail. Metalinks can also contain checksums to repair downloads and digital signatures, along with other information. Also see the Wikipedia article on Metalink.

Wubi, the Windows-based Ubuntu installer, uses Metalinks to download ISO files.

All Ubuntu downloads

Software to use Metalink

For an overview of all Metalink-supporting software available, see the official site and the Wikipedia comparison table.

Under Ubuntu and its derivatives, you can use any method to install the aria2 package, then from the terminal, issue

aria2c <metalink>

such as, for example,

aria2c http://releases.ubuntu.com/releases/11.04/ubuntu-11.04-desktop-i386.metalink

to download the Desktop CD of Ubuntu 11.04.

On Kubuntu, you can additionally use any method to install the kget package, which provides a graphical interface to Metalink downloads.

Under Mac OS X you can also manually download aria2 and do the same.

Under Windows, the open-source software Free Download Manager supports HTTP and BitTorrent downloads for metalinks.

Ubuntu in Metalink format

Metalinks for all Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu releases are available from http://releases.ubuntu.com/

11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot)

Ubuntu

All Ubuntu 11.10 downloads

Kubuntu

All Kubuntu 11.10 downloads

11.04 (Natty Narwhal)

Ubuntu

All Ubuntu 11.04 downloads

Kubuntu

All Kubuntu 11.04 downloads

10.10 (Maverick Meerkat)

Ubuntu

All Ubuntu 10.10 downloads

Kubuntu

All Kubuntu 10.10 downloads

Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx)

Ubuntu

All Ubuntu 10.04 downloads

Kubuntu

All Kubuntu 10.04 downloads

Metalink (last edited 2011-10-13 13:46:06 by ljl)