wget command usage short guide

Posted on October 14th, 2021
Author: waltherman


Wget is a tool for downloading files from the Internet. It supports HTTP, HTTPS and FTP protocols. It is flexible, so it could be use in background, in scripts, automation.

wget usage

Syntax is simple:

$ wget [options] [URL]

And it could be used without any options:

$ wget [options] https://cdn.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v5.x/linux-5.14.12.tar.xz

Specify downloaded file name

$ wget -O [filename] [options] [URL]


$ wget -O linux.tar.xz https://cdn.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v5.x/linux-5.14.12.tar.xz

Select download destination

$ wget -P [path] [options] [URL]

To define download speed use "--rate-limit" construction:

$ wget --rate-limit [speed value] [options] [URL]

And example with 1 mbps speed limit:

$ wget --rate-limit 1m https://cdn.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v5.x/linux-5.14.12.tar.xz

Continue download. Wget is good with downloading via unstable connections, so use "-c" for continue downloading after interruption:

$ wget -c [options] [URL]

Background download:

$ wget -b [options] [URL]

Ignore certificate during HTTPS download:

$ wget --no-check-certificate [URL]

FTP download is possible too:

$ wget  --ftp-user=[username] --ftp-password=[password] [FTP URL]