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Suppose that we have a full URL of desired file e.g.

http://domain.com/directory/4?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=file.tgz

I would like to go without installing a new software. Is it possible?

Command

 cp  'http://example.com/directory/4?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=file.tgz' hooray

doesn't work ;)

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wget is your friend here :) –  cauon Oct 27 '12 at 17:47
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wget is perhaps the simplest way but you can also use curl. Read this –  drN Oct 27 '12 at 17:50
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Use wget -O hooray "http://domain.com/directory/4?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=file.tgz". You can add -c option to resume download if connection was lost while downloading file. –  Sergey Oct 27 '12 at 18:04

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Open terminal and type

wget "http://domain.com/directory/4?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=file.tgz" 

to download the file to the current directory.

wget  -O /home/omio/Desktop/ "http://thecanadiantestbox.x10.mx/CC.zip"

will download the file to /home/omio/Desktop

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Beat me to the punch. Dang. But yeah, it's wget [whatever web address]. If you want to choose the location, type cd [local location on your computer.] EXAMPLE: cd /home/omio/Desktop/ | wget http://thecanadiantestbox.x10.mx/CC.zip –  Omio Oct 27 '12 at 17:49
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@Omio There is no need to run cd. You can just specify output file via -O option. For example: wget -O /home/omio/Desktop/file.tgz "http://domain.com/directory/4?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=file.tgz" –  Sergey Oct 27 '12 at 17:59
    
Your examples will not work. You MUST use quotes when URL contains ampersands. –  Sergey Oct 27 '12 at 18:01
    
@Sergey Thanks for the clarification. I haven't had to use wget yet, but I would have to, in the future. –  Omio Oct 27 '12 at 18:05
    
? and & are interpreted by your shell. You need to quote or escape it. Generally, you have a shortcut to paste a quoted or escaped version of the string in the clipboard in your terminal. Be very careful when pasting stuffs inside a terminal. –  Antoine Lecaille Oct 27 '12 at 19:10

I use axel and wget for downloading from terminal, axel is download accelerator

syntax

axel

Install via the software center

axel www.example.com/example.zip

wget

wget -c www.example.com/example.zip

for more details type man axel, man wget in terminal

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how is axel different from wget? –  heinrich5991 Oct 27 '12 at 23:58
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@heinrich5991 wget is more advanced than axel! –  Pranit Bauva Nov 1 '12 at 7:52

Just to add more flavor to this question, I'd also recommend that you take a look at this:

history -d $((HISTCMD-1)) && echo '[PASSWORD]' | sudo -S shutdown now

You could use this to shutdown your computer after your wget command with a ; perhaps or in a bash script file.

This would mean you don't have to stay awake at night and monitor until your download as (un)successfully run.

Read this answer as well

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you can do it by using curl .

curl http://domain.com/directory/4?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=file.tgz

fore more information

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the lack of Arira2 mention is just a disservice so with that said, check out Aria2. http://aria2.sourceforge.net

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