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This Open Source project provides a lightweight and portable bandwidth shaper for Linux

editor's review





trickle is an open source, lightweight, freely distributed and portable command-line software that can be used to shape the network bandwidth of your Linux kernel-based operating system. It can be used in collaborative or standalone modes.

Lets users limit the network traffic

With trickle you will be able to “trick” the functionality required to send and receive packets through sockets, by limiting the network traffic. The software runs entirely in userspace and it is compatible with recent Linux kernel branches.

Command-line options

Various command-line options are available for the trickle software, which can be viewed at a glance by running the ‘trickle --help’ command in your favorite terminal emulator app. Among these, we can mention the ability to run the program in standalone mode, independent of its daemon, as well as to set the maximum cumulative download and upload rate.

Additionally, users will be able to set the window length, to set the default smoothing time, to set the default smoothing length, to use the trickle daemon (trickled) socket name, and to set the latency.

Getting started with trickle

Installing the trickle program in your GNU/Linux operating system is quite easy. All you have to do is to download the latest release from either Softpedia or the project’s website, save the archive on your Home directory, unpack it and open a Terminal app.

In the terminal emulator, go to the location where you have just extracted the archive file (e.g. cd /home/softpedia/trickle-1.07), run the ‘./configure && make’ command to configure and compile the program, then run the ‘sudo make install’ command to install trickle.

Supported on all GNU/Linux and other UNIXes

trickle is a true cross-platform software that has been developed on the OpenBSD platform and tested under various GNU/Linux operating system, as well as on OpenBSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD and Solaris OSes, supporting 32-bit, 64-bit, SPARC, SPARC64, MacPPC, and Alpha CPU architectures.

trickle was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on January 27th, 2015
trickle - The help message of the trickle command-line tool, as viewed from the Linux Terminal

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