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


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


 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 – dearN 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
  • "hooray" cracked me up LOL – chris loughnane Jan 31 '19 at 16:11

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

will download the file to /home/omio/Desktop

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

will download the file to /home/omio/Desktop and give it your NewFileName name.

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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
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    Your examples will not work. You MUST use quotes when URL contains ampersands. – Sergey Oct 27 '12 at 18:01
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    @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
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    ? 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. – alecail Oct 27 '12 at 19:10

you can do it by using curl .

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

The -O saves the file with the same name as in the url rather than dumping the output to stdout

For more information

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  • I can never remember if it's a zero or O – Alexander Mills May 14 '19 at 5:32
  • -O is the alphabetical letter and must be capital, else a log will be generated – Kareem Elsayed Sep 1 '19 at 18:34

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



Install via the software center

axel www.example.com/example.zip


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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the lack of Aria2 mention is just a disservice so with that said, check out Aria2. https://aria2.github.io/

Install it by simply typing in terminal:

sudo apt install aria2

Then simply type this to download the file:

aria2c http://example.com/directory/4?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=file.tgz

You can find more help with aria2 by its man page.

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I did these steps From Oh-my-zsh,

brew install wget
wget https://github.com/sencha-extjs-examples/QuickStart/archive/master.zip
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