Limiting the bandwidth is a good idea when you need to download anything without slowing down the other network as the downloads will only consume specific amount of bandwidth. While using Linux, there are different applications that have the ability to limit the bandwidth, the best of them is Wondershaper application. It works for both the server and desktop Linux distributions.

Installing Wondershaper

It is not a built-in application; you need to first install it on your machine. It is available for all the popular Linux Distributions. To install the application through the terminal, you need to first launch the terminal from Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T hotkeys. Follow the command-line instructions according to the Linux distribution you are using.

Wondershaper for Ubuntu

For Ubuntu, you can use the Ubuntu Universe repository for the installation of Wondershaper. For some Ubuntu distributions, you need to manually enable the repository.

To enable the Universe Repository for Universe, use the repo command to add universe repository

sudo add-apt-repository universe

Run the update command to use the universe repository and deploy the changes.

sudo apt update

Now install the Wondershaper using the apt install command.

sudo apt install wondershaper

Wondershaper for Debian

Wondershaper for Debian comes in Debian Main repository. All you need to use apt-get command to install the application. It requires no additional configurations.

sudo apt-get install wondershaper

Wondershaper for Arch Linux

You need to build it through the AUR as Wondershaper is not available in the Archi Linux repositories. To build the app using AUR, install the base-devel and Git packages with Pacman manager.

sudo pacman -S git base-devel

Now grab the AUR package with Git tool.

git clone

Move the Wondershaper to the sources folder on Arch Linux.

cd wondershaper
makepkg -sri

Wondershaper for Fedora

The primary Fedora repository contains Wondershaper and you can easily install it through the dnf package manager command.

sudo dnf install wondershaper -y

Wondershaper for OpenSUSE

OpenSUSE provides Wondershaper from Leap 15 to 42.3 and Tumbleweed, you need to use Zypper command to get it from OSS All repository.

sudo zypper install wondershaper

Wondershaper for Generic Linux

You can use the source code from the Github and make it ready for installation using the git command.

git clone
cd wondershaper

Now Run using:


Setting up Wondershaper

After installing Wondershaper, you need to use Systemd init system to load the app and boot-up.

For Ubuntu/Debian

To install the application on Ubuntu or Debian Linux, you will not need Systemd as because of Apt that can automatically set up all the things.

For Other Linux Distributions

In order to use Wondershaper on Fedora, Arch, OpenSUSE, systememd can manually set up things.

sudo systemctl enable wondershaper.service
sudo systemctl start wondershaper.service

For disabling Wondeshaper, you need to also use the Systemd.

sudo systemctl disable wondershaper.service

and restart it using

sudo systemctl stop wondershaper.service

Managing the bandwidth with Wondershaper

Wondershaper manual

To manage the bandwidth with Wondershaper, you need to start by finding the IP address of the network card using ip addr show command.

ip addr show

Use the IP address in the Wondershaper and follow the syntax. Provide download limit after d and upload limit after c. adapter is the IP address and the mb stands for megabytes.

sudo wondershaper -a adapter -d mb -u mb

To stop Wondershaper settings, you need to stop limiting the bandwidth using c switch that represents clear.


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