How can I do it? I am trying it like this RESULT=`wget $URL`

P.S. - Also any recommended sources for learning shell scripting?

3 Answers 3


How about:

RESULT="`wget -qO- http://example.com`"
echo $RESULT

Edit: Yeah, that works.

  • 2
    Why another dash after -qO?
    – Ashfame
    Feb 10, 2011 at 12:06
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    O tells it to output somewhere, - tells O to output it to the current stream. And q tells wget not to include any of its "Connecting to xxx..." information.
    – Oli
    Feb 10, 2011 at 12:12
  • What I meant was that when -q is the quiet switch & -O is used for giving the name to file where we want the output to be saved. From what I have been reading, we can write multiple switches together if all of them don't require arguments. So -qO makes sense but then what does the last dash do?
    – Ashfame
    Feb 10, 2011 at 14:32
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    It's -O's argument. It tells it where to write the output of the download (in this case: back to the current stream).
    – Oli
    Feb 10, 2011 at 14:37
  • Getting invalid option 0 and - Jul 2, 2021 at 20:32

The preferred way would be

result=$(wget -qO- http://example.com)
echo "$result"

(lowercase variable name, $() instead of `` and quoted expansion of the result variable).

For shell scripting with bash and/or POSIX sh, http://mywiki.wooledge.org/BashGuide is the guide to read. And there's a lot more useful resources on that wiki, and on http://wiki.bash-hackers.org/. I'm afraid most other resources on shell scripting are garbage, so it's best to stick with those two.

  • Thanks for your input! Can you explain it a bit what's wrong with quotes here?
    – Ashfame
    Feb 11, 2011 at 21:39
  • @Ashfame This explains the main reason of why you should always quote expansions: mywiki.wooledge.org/Arguments
    – geirha
    Feb 11, 2011 at 22:19
  • Thanks! I have bookmarked the resources. I will learn from there. :)
    – Ashfame
    Feb 12, 2011 at 7:18
  • Why are most other resources on shell scripting garbage? Sep 19, 2015 at 20:00
  • @Koveras how should I know? People probably read the ABS guide and then decide they'll share their newfound knowledge with the world with yet another crappy tutorial.
    – geirha
    Oct 3, 2015 at 8:24

in WGET (for WINDOWS BATCH), there is like this:

OtherApplication -arg1 -arg2 > temp.txt
set /p MyVariable=<temp.txt

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