Introduction to Wget

The Wget package contains a utility useful for non-interactive downloading of files from the Web.

Package information

Wget dependencies


OpenSSL-0.9.7d and Dante

Installation of Wget

Install Wget by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc &&
make &&
make install

Command explanations

--prefix=/usr: This compiles and installs wget into the /usr hierarchy instead of /usr/local.

--sysconfdir=/etc: This relocates the configuration file from /usr/etc to /etc.

Configuring Wget

Config files

/etc/wgetrc, ~/.wgetrc

There are no required changes in these files.


The Wget package contains wget.



wget retrieves files from the Web using the HTTP, HTTPS and FTP protocols. It is designed to be non-interactive, for background or unattended operations.