So, I'm using my ssh tunneling to download some content which is blocked by my office. But, I don't want the admin to notice it, therefore I want to limit the connection to, eg: 20KB/s.

How can I do that? FYI: -I'm using DownThemAll to download the content. -I'm using ubuntu 9.04

2 Answers 2


I'm not familiar with DownThemAll, but I see that it's a Firefox extension. So you could try running trickle to launch Firefox with a download limit (see man trickle). For example:

trickle -d 20 firefox

That will set a download limit of 20 KB/s.

For completeness, users running Windows can do the same by using the Firefox Throttle add-on.

  • ah yes, just limit the bandwitdh the firefox uses, briliant! Thank you,
    – ariefbayu
    Aug 23, 2009 at 2:53
  • Don't mention it. And welcome to Server Fault!
    – mfriedman
    Aug 23, 2009 at 3:00

QoS and bandwidth management for Linux.


But you probably just want to forget about it.

edit: not because it's technically difficult, but because it sounds like a good way to get yourself in trouble.

  • mfriedman - trickle is seriously cool. ive never seen that before. (seems i can only comment on my own posts though...)
    – e7zkw9120
    Aug 23, 2009 at 2:57

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