Using wget in CentOS 6.5

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Using wget in CentOS 6.5

First of all, everything that you need is here:


Now, we need to have somewhere to save the stuff that you would like to download. To do that, simply make a new place mkdir /some/path and then go there by using cd /some/path. Good. Now, you have somewhere to store your stuff.

My goal is to download an entire website. That is, I want some website to be available for my offline usage. Everything.

wget --limit-rate=50k --no-clobber --convert-links --wait=5 --random-wait
-r -p -E -e robots=off -U Mozilla http://www.foo.bar

Now, why did I use the settings that I used?

  • used --limit-rate=50k to limit the download speed of each file to 50KB/s
  • used -- no-clobber so that I do not overwrite existing files. (multiple savings of the same file is prevented)
  • used --convert-links to ensure that all of the downloaded links point locally and do not point to any external places
  • used --wait=5 to wait 5 seconds between each new request for a new file
  • used --random-wait to try and reduce the load on the server. It needs โ€“wait attribute
  • used -r for recursive downloading of the entire website
  • used -p to download all of the necessary files to display the html page properly
  • used -E for appending .html to files that have otherwise other extensions such as something.else?suchas25 to something.else?suchas25.html
  • used -e robots=off to by pass possible robot exclusion
  • used -U Mozilla to identify as a Mozilla client and not Wget/VERSION client

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(Side note, system information: uname-a)

Linux localhost.localdomain 2.6.32-431.11.2.el6.x86_64
#1 SMP Tue Mar 25 19:59:55 UTC 2014
· CentOS 6.5, how-to, beginner, guide, wget

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