May 22, 2012 Because the package has to download from Apple, it may take a while depending on your internet connection. Command Line Tools installs a C compiler, GCC, and many other helpful utilities that are commonly used in the unix world. How to Install wget in Mac OS X. Wget is a small program that can download files and folders to your computer through Terminal. There is already program similar to wget on your Mac, it is called curl. Although they do the same task, I prefer wget. Wget is a small program that can download files and folders to your computer through Terminal. There is already program similar to wget on your Mac, it is called curl. Although they do the same task, I prefer wget. WGET offers a set of commands that allow you to download files (over even quite bad network conditions) with features that mean you can do useful things like resume broken downloads. If you’re a Linux user, there are lots of guides out there on how to use WGET, the free network utility to retrieve files from the World Wide Web using HTTP. Dec 01, 2018 See how to use wget alternative curl on OS X to download files. See wget(1) command man page. GNU/wget home page. And there you have it, gnu/wget installed from directly source code without using 3rd party repos.

macOS Mojave, Sierra, and earlier versions come with the command line utility called ‘curl‘ which is a network transfer tool, it does not come with the popular ‘wget‘, in fact, ‘curl‘ can probably get you by just fine, check man curl at the command line to see its usage.

Otherwise, let’s look at getting ‘wget‘… this can be done in 3 ways.

1 – Install as Point and Click

Download and run the package from Rudix

2 – Compile from Source

To add and install wget to your system you need to download the source files, compile the code and make an install. To compile the code you need a compiler, unfortunately, it doesn’t come with macOS by default you need to install the free Xcode suite from Apple which includes the GCC compiler. This process also works exactly the same in previous macOS and OSX versions.

Get Xcode

Get the latest via Xcode via iTunes.

Next you need to install the Xcode command line tools, easiest way to do so by running in the Terminal:

Using curl to get wget

Get the latest wget source code from the ftp repository, or using curl from the command line:

Extract it and move into it

Configure and Install it

an error may occur on SSL…

wget needs to have some type of SSL support GNUTLS is most probably not available on your OS X system – if so use OpenSSL in the configure as an alternative use so re-run the configure with an SSL flag:

That’s it done, wget will be installed in:

Clean Up

Remove the source code and compressed file:

Test wget

Everything should work out fine – if you need to install more Unix style tools it will be faster and better to install a Package Manager for OSX like Homebrew – it makes installing and maintaining these applications so easy,

3 – Install from HomeBrew

The Command Prompt in Windows 10 doesn’t compare to the terminal on Linux. To make up for its shortcomings, tools like wget and Cygwin can be installed on Windows to get more out of the Command Prompt. Here’s how you can install and use wget in Windows 10.

Install Wget

Wget is a free tool but downloading the correct file is oddly tricky. It’s hard to tell just which one you should download and one of the more popular mirrors for the EXE is notorious for crashing on Windows 10. In order to install wget, download this file from Sourceforge.

Extract the file, and run the EXE inside it. The installation is pretty straightforward. Except the EULA, and don’t change anything else.

Using Wget

There are two ways to use Wget on Windows 10. This is a command line tool so it doesn’t have a GUI. You access it via the Command Prompt. To use it from the Command Prompt, you can either add it as an environment variable, or you can manually go to the directory the Wget app is in, and use it from there. The second method isn’t convenient if you intend to use this tool often but we’re going to detail both methods and you can chose whichever suits you best.

CD To Wget

This is the less convenient method. Open File Explorer and go to the following location. There will be a Wget.exe file here. You really only need the path to this file. Copy it to your clipboard.

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Next, open Command Prompt and enter the following command to move to the above location.

Once you’re in this folder, you can type wget and use any of its functions and switches.

Add Environment Variable

How To Download And Use Wget Mac

To have to move to the bin folder the Wget.exe is in every single time you want to use the tool is time consuming. If you add it as an environment variable though, you can simply type wget from any directory and use it. You will need admin rights to do this.

To add wget as an environment variable, open File Explorer and paste the following in the location bar.

On the left column, click Advanced System Settings. In the window that opens, click Environment Variables. In the Environment Variables window, select ‘Path’ in the section at the top, and click Edit.

How To Install Wget

In the window that opens, click New, then click the browse button. Enter this location;

Click Ok on each window to exit.

How To Use Wget Linux

Now, when you open Command Prompt, you can type wget regardless of which directory/folder you’re in and you will be able to access this app and use its commands.