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 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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