Hi there I'm new here in the forum and very new using tools for Linux. Actually I'm tasked to learn about wget. I already know a few though I'm trying to find out if there is a syntax to use to schedule the start and stop time of the copying or downloading, please help thanks!

  • What are you going to do? wget doesn't have a scheduling mechanism. – A.B. Jul 14 '15 at 5:03

wget itself doesn't have scheduling properties, but as you are using Linux then you probably have to take a look for cron.

Cron is a time-based job scheduler in Linux, used to schedule jobs (commands or shell scripts) to run periodically at fixed times, dates, or intervals.

To add a job to cron scheduler as normal user run the command:

crontab -e

else if you want to schedule a job for root:

sudo crontab -e

Linux Crontab Format


Field      Description       Allowed Value

MIN        Minute field        0 to 59
HOUR       Hour field          0 to 23
DOM        Day of Month        1-31
MON        Month field         1-12
DOW        Day Of Week         0-6
CMD        Command             Any command to be executed.

For example:

Run the wget in a specific time let's say in 15july 8:20 AM

then the cron entry would be like:

20 08 15 07 * wget URL://

Take a look at:

Now by the time you want to stop wget you have also to add another cron entry using pkill command: let's say I want to stop wget at 15july 10:30 PM then add this entry to cron:

30 22 15 07 * pkill wget

To resume again a broken wget download, you can use the -c or --continue option in wget.

wget -c URL://
wget --continue URL://

man wget

       Continue getting a partially-downloaded file.  This is useful when
       you want to finish up a download started by a previous instance of
       Wget, or by another program.
  • Now how would you stop wget? – muru Jul 14 '15 at 6:59
  • use pkill in cron to kill wget – Maythux Jul 14 '15 at 7:01
  • Add that to the answer and complete it! Also mention how you can continue downloads using wget. – muru Jul 14 '15 at 7:02
  • So Why downvoting?! – Maythux Jul 14 '15 at 7:05
  • @muru ok i'll edit the answer adding the needed info – Maythux Jul 14 '15 at 7:06

The usual linux/unix way to do this would be to use another system utility to schedule wget activity: cron.


man 5 crontab
man cron


man crontab

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