Installing mod_pagespeed on Ubuntu

mod_pagespeed is an Apache HTTP module which is supposed to do a lot of website performance optimization before sending it to the browser. For details please check mod_pagespeed docs or the Google IO talk (Make the web faster) about this topic.

Installing on Ubuntu is simple, please see Download site and explanation. Please note that the example below uses the 64bit version.

wget https://dl-ssl.google.com/dl/linux/direct/mod-pagespeed-beta_current_amd64.deb
dpkg -i mod-pagespeed-*.deb
apt-get -f install

This will add the Google repository to your system so an apt-get update & upgrade will keep mod_pagespeed up to date.

A quick check with http://www.webpagetest.org showed that it speeds up vogella.de significantly. I used my Android tutorial as example.

Without the module:

  Load Time  First Byte   Start Render 
First View   13.417s   0.385s   1.377s  
Repeat View   3.006s   0.380s   0.766s  

With the module activated:

  Load Time  First Byte   Start Render 
First View   8.980s   0.380s   1.270s  
Repeat View   2.441s   0.389s   0.792s  

Pretty cool performance improvements for 5 minutes of installation effort. :-)

Thanks to Google for making the web faster. I hope this module gets contributed to the Apache HTTP server.

About Lars Vogel

Lars Vogel is the founder and CEO of the vogella GmbH and works as Eclipse and Android consultant, trainer and book author. He is a regular speaker at international conferences, He is the primary author of vogella.com. With more than one million visitors per month this website is one of the central sources for Java, Eclipse and Android programming information.
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One Response to Installing mod_pagespeed on Ubuntu

  1. Gibbs says:

    Just installed this on our server. Awesome, especially for those sites we haven’t managed to get around to optimising.

    Cheers Lars

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