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GNU Wget

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Basic data

developer GNU Wget development team. Giuseppe Scrivano, Hrvoje Nikšić u. a.
Publishing year January 1996
Current  version 1.20.3
(April 5, 2019)
operating system GNU / Linux / Unix , OS / 2 , Windows , macOS , BSD, etc. a.
programming language C.
category FTP client
License GPL ( Free Software )
German speaking Yes

Wget is a free command line program from the GNU project for downloading files from the Internet . Supported protocols include ftp , http, and https . The program is available for Unix , GNU / Linux , OS / 2 , Windows and SkyOS, among others . It is under the GNU General Public License . Wget is supplied with various Linux distributions. A program with a similar function is cURL , which also supports uploading.

In addition to individual files, Wget can also easily download resources associated with websites , such as images. It can also copy entire websites , for example for offline reading or archiving. Wget can be configured in detail using more than one hundred command line parameters.


Wget2, the successor to Wget that is currently being developed, has some improvements, especially in performance and speed. Wget2 is much faster than Wget1.x because it supports the following protocols and technologies:


Wget was originally developed by Hrvoje Nikšić in 1995 and first published in January 1996 (first under the name Geturl). From January 2008 to April 2010 Wget was looked after by Micah Cowan and since April 2010 the main developer is Giuseppe Scrivano.

Individual evidence

  1. http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/info-gnu/2019-04/msg00001.html
  2. https://www.gnu.org/software/wget/
  3. https://gitlab.com/gnuwget/wget2
  4. ^ "Welcome new Wget Maintainers"

Web links

Commons : Wget  - collection of images, videos and audio files