How to Install Wget on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Installing Wget on Mac: A Step-by-Step Guide

Wget is a powerful command-line tool that allows you to retrieve files from the web. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the process of installing Wget on your Mac.

Step 1: Open Terminal

To begin, open the Terminal application on your Mac. You can find it by navigating to Applications > Utilities > Terminal. Once open, you will see a command-line interface.

Step 2: Check if Homebrew is installed

Homebrew is a package manager that simplifies the installation of software on macOS. Let’s check if it is already installed by typing the following command and pressing Enter:

  • brew --version

If Homebrew is installed, you will see its version number displayed in the terminal. If not, you need to install Homebrew first. Visit the official Homebrew website at https://brew.sh/ for installation instructions.

Step 3: Install Wget using Homebrew

Assuming Homebrew is already installed, we can proceed with installing Wget. In your Terminal window, type the following command and press Enter:

  • brew install wget

This command tells Homebrew to fetch and install Wget from its package repository. It may take a few moments to download and install all necessary dependencies.

Step 4: Verify Wget installation

To ensure that Wget has been successfully installed on your Mac, type the following command and press Enter:

  • wget --version

If Wget is installed correctly, you should see the version number displayed in the terminal. Congratulations! You have successfully installed Wget on your Mac.

Additional Tips:

Here are a few additional tips to help you make the most out of Wget:

  • Downloading a file: To download a file using Wget, simply type wget URL in the terminal. Replace “URL” with the actual URL of the file you want to download.
  • Resuming downloads: If a download gets interrupted or fails, you can resume it by adding the -c option to your command.

    For example: wget -c URL.

  • Saving downloaded files to a specific location: By default, downloaded files are saved in the current directory. If you want to save them elsewhere, specify the output directory using the -P option followed by the desired path. For example: wget -P /path/to/save/directory URL.

Now that you have Wget installed on your Mac, you can take advantage of its powerful features to effortlessly retrieve files from the web. Happy downloading!

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