Download File With wget Command on Linux

wget is a command line tool created by the GNU Proyect and is used for downloading via HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP. In this article, we will look at some useful commands that can be used with wget to download files from the web.

Downloading a File

To download a file with wget, simply specify the URL of the file you want to download:

$ wget

The file will be downloaded to your current directory and keep its name.

Specify a File Name

If you want to change the name of the file to download, add the -O parameter, followed by the name you want to assign:

$ wget -O GNULicense

Download a File to Specific Directory

To specify a directory where the file is going to be downloaded, use the -P parameter:

$ wget -P ~/Documents/

Show Progress Bar of a Download

To show the progress bar of your download, add the --show-progress parameter:

$ wget --show-progress

Set a Speed Cap For the Download

To download a file at a very specific download speed, you can add the --limite-rate parameter and specify the speed in kilobytes with k:

$ wget --limit-rate 35k

In the command above, we set to download the file at a 35 KB/s download speed.

Resume an Interrupted Download

To resume a failed or interrupted download, add the -c parameter:

$ wget -c

Retry a Failed Download

To retry a failed download you can use the -t parameter, followed by the number of retries you want to attempt. You can also use -t inf option, if you want your retries to be infinite:

$ wget -t 30
$ wget -t inf

Download a File in the Background

If you want to download a file in the background, simply add the -b parameter:

$ wget -b

Download Multiple Files

To download multiple files, you have to add the links to a text document first (one per line). Once it is saved, you can proceed to download them with the next command:

$ wget -i filename.txt

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