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How can I download files (that are listed in a text file) using wget or some other automatic way?

Sample file list:

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awk '{print "http://" $0;}' list.txt | xargs -l1 wget

where list.txt is your list file

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xargs -i wget 'http://{}'  < your_list
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wget has a built-in flag for this: wget -i your_list You can find this kind of thing by reading man wget

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with a for i loop starting with i=1



on your wget code.

You can do it in a single line.

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Could you give an example of the code instead of just the idea for it? –  Wilf Jun 21 '14 at 17:11

Wget is the best downloader I have ever seen.

You can either use some shell programming with loops to download files whose names follow a pattern like (1,2,3,...) or use wget features.

see this page on how to use wget for downloading files

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Get them in parallel with

cat urlfile | parallel --gnu "wget {}"

By default it will run as many processes as you have cores, you can probably ramp this up another 10x if you really want to pull them down quickly by adding "-j 20" after parallel.

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I get as many up votes as down for this. No comments, no love! –  meawoppl Apr 16 '14 at 1:29
I for one just can't get it to work. I don't see any proc spawned, switching echo for wget doesn't output anything –  Jakub Bochenski May 9 '14 at 19:10
Some earlier ubuntus have a dumb defect in this space: stackoverflow.com/questions/16448887/… –  meawoppl May 11 '14 at 2:30
I posted a change that should fix the above. –  meawoppl May 20 '14 at 1:15
Note with the 'it will run as many processes as you have cores' - network bandwidth is likely going to be more of a limiting factor. –  Wilf Jun 21 '14 at 17:10

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