Installing wget on Mac OS X

Thu 19 June 2008

Wget is a great command line  for grabbing things from the web, but it doesn’t ship with macs. So if you want to install it here are a few steps:

1. download the source file: http://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/wget/wget-1.11.tar.gz
2. compile and install it:

tar -zxvf wget-1.11.tar.gz
cd wget-1.11/
./configure
make
sudo make install

Now the binary file is located in /usr/local/bin/. If you use bash as your default shell then you can add:

PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/bin; export PATH

in your .bash_profile.

Or if you want, you can do a symbolic link to have it in /usr/bin/:

sudo ln -s /usr/local/bin/wget /usr/bin/wget

That's all and ... happy downloading.