How to Limit Bandwidth per Connection in Apache

limit bandwidth per connection in apache

If your website has downloadable files, then it might be a good idea to limit bandwidth per connection in Apache, to save on data and server costs. It is very easy to restrict download speeds in Apache using the mod_ratelimit module that comes pre-installed with Apache 2.4. You can restrict download speed per:

  • Server (across all websites)
  • Virtual Host
  • URL


How to Limit Bandwidth per Connection in Apache

Here are the steps to limit bandwidth per connection in Apache. The download limit is applied per connection limiting each download to a maximum speed.


1. Enable mod_ratelimit

Open Apache config file in a text editor

Ubuntu / Linux Mint

$ sudo vim /etc/apache2/apache2.conf



$ sudo vim /etc/apache2/httpd.conf


and add the following lines

<IfVersion >= 2.4>
  LoadModule ratelimit_module modules/


2. Restart Apache Server

Restart Apache web server to apply the changes


/etc/init.d/httpd restart 



sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart 


3. Limit Download Speed

If you want to limit bandwidth for a specific URL, open your Apache server’s virtual host file and add the following rate limiting block of code as shown below. Customize it as per your requirement by changing the parts in bold

<IfModule mod_ratelimit.c>
 <Location /downloads>
 SetOutputFilter RATE_LIMIT
 SetEnv rate-limit 350


Save and quit the file. Restart Apache Web Server to apply changes.


4. Test Bandwidth limiting

Place a big file at your location (e.g /downloads) whose bandwidth has been throttled and try downloading it multiple times.

Monitor the result

apache download limits


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