Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

This question already has an answer here:

I would like to know how can I use the terminal? The functionality of commands. I don't know how can I use the terminal for download movies or software.

share|improve this question

marked as duplicate by Avinash Raj, karel, don.joey, Mitch, chronitis Dec 20 '13 at 13:10

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

Is there any particular reason why you insist on terminal? You can easily download movies or software using web browser or Software Center. –  hatter Dec 20 '13 at 5:50
ok but if I use torrents for movies I'll get some virus –  user227207 Dec 20 '13 at 5:54
Well, torrents aren't always legal, so I wouldn't stay away from them just because of viruses. However, this is similar to askubuntu.com/questions/38162/… like xangua said. Marking as duplicate. –  RPi Awesomeness Dec 20 '13 at 6:04

2 Answers 2

These links can be of some use:
There is also a good command line video download tool

share|improve this answer

From a combination of your post and subsequent comment I think there is some misunderstanding of what the terminal is/does. The terminal is a non-graphical interface for you to communicate with your computer. This gives you a great deal of control over your PC as no program has a button for every terminal command (and if one did it would be so full of buttons it would be impossible to use!)

Graphical programs, take your inputs, and essentially run terminal-like commands. This means that downloading a file from the terminal is not intrinsically "safer" than downloaded the same file from your browser. The important issue is the content of the file that you have downloaded. It is also arguable that the terminal is less safe in the hands of a confused user as it is much easier to "accidentally" give a downloaded file root (administrator) permissions by just copying commands you have seen online (in this case sudo).

If you want to download movies "safely" the only real option is a reliable (and therefore probably legal) source (but, not that all legal sources a malware free!!).

For software. Illegal software is again less likely to be safe (also not legal to download!). You can download free legal packages in the terminal from ubuntu's repositories. For this you need the name and run:

sudo apt-get install PACKAGENAME

But if you are just browsing you can use the Ubuntu software centre. This is equally "safe". There is a lot to choose from.

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.