wget  2-2.0.1
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GNU Wget2 - Introduction

GNU Wget2 is the successor of GNU Wget, a file and recursive website downloader.

Designed and written from scratch it wraps around libwget, that provides the basic functions needed by a web client.

Wget2 works multi-threaded and uses many features to allow fast operation.

In many cases Wget2 downloads much faster than Wget1.x due to HTTP2, HTTP compression, parallel connections and use of If-Modified-Since HTTP header.

GNU Wget2 is licensed under GPLv3+.

Libwget is licensed under LGPLv3+.


A non-exhaustive list of features

  • Support for HTTP/1.1 and HTTP/2.0 protocol
  • brotli decompression support (Accept-Encoding: br)
  • zstandard decompression support, RFC8478 (Accept-Encoding: zstd)
  • lzip decompression support, (Accept-Encoding: lzip)
  • HPKP - HTTP Public Key Pinning (RFC7469) with persistent database
  • TCP Fast Open for plain text and for HTTPS
  • TLS Session Resumption including persistent session data cache
  • TLS False Start (with GnuTLS >= 3.5.0)
  • HTTP2 support via nghttp2 and GnuTLS ALPN including streaming/pipelining
  • OCSP stapling + OCSP server querying as a fallback (experimental, needs GnuTLS >= 3.3.11)
  • Use libpsl for cookie domain checking (using Public Suffix List)
  • Support link conversion (-k/--convert-links and -K/--backup-converted)
  • Support for RFC 6266 compliant Content-Disposition
  • RFC 6797 HSTS (HTTP Strict Transport Security)
  • Support for bzip2 Content-Encoding / Accept-Encoding compression type
  • New Year 2014 gimmick: added support for XZ Content-Encoding / Accept-Encoding compression type
  • Character encoding of input files may be specified despite from local and remote encoding (--input-encoding)
  • Support scanning RSS 2.0 feeds from local files (--force-rss -i <filename>)
  • Support scanning RSS 2.0 feeds.
  • Support scanning Atom 1.0 feeds from local files (--force-atom -i <filename>)
  • Support scanning Atom 1.0 feeds.
  • Support scanning URLs from local Sitemap XML file (--force-sitemap -i <filename>)
  • Support scanning sitemap files given in robots.txt (Sitemap XML, gzipped Sitemap XML, plain text) including sitemap index files.
  • Support arbitrary number of proxies for parallel downloads
  • Multithreaded download of single files (option --chunk-size)
  • Internationalized Domain Names in Applications (compile-selectable IDNA2008 or IDNA2003)
  • ICEcast / SHOUTcast support via library (see examples/getstream.c)
  • respect /robots.txt "Robot Exclusion Standard" and <META name="robots" ...>
  • new option --secure-protocol=PFS to have TLS only plus forcing Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS)
  • IDN support for international domains
  • autotools support
  • proxy support
  • cookies (session/non-session), detection of supercookies via Mozilla Public Suffix List (use the new option --cookie-suffixes <filename>, better: put it into ~/.wgetrc)
  • recursive download of websites with or without spanning hosts
  • download of single web pages / resources
  • zlib/gzip compressed HTTP/HTTPS downloads (gzip, deflate)
  • number of parallel download threads is adjustable
  • include directive for config files (wildcards allowed)
  • support for keep-alive connections
  • included CSS, HTML, XML parser needed for recursive downloads
  • gettext support
  • HTTPS via libgnutls (and basic WolfSSL support)
  • support for Metalink RFC 6249 (Metalink/HTTP: Mirrors and Hashes)
  • support for Metalink RFC 5854 (Metalink Download Description Format / .meta4 files)
  • support for Metalink 3
  • Metalink checksumming via libgnutls
  • DNS lookup cache
  • IPv4 and IPv6 support
  • built and tested on Linux, OSX, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, Solaris, Windows


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Build Requirements

The following packages are needed to build the software

  • autotools (autoconf, autogen, automake, autopoint, libtool)
  • python (recommended for faster bootstrap)
  • rsync
  • tar
  • makeinfo (part of texinfo)
  • pkg-config >= 0.28 (recommended)
  • doxygen (for creating the documentation)
  • pandoc (for creating the wget2 man page)
  • gettext >= 0.18.2
  • libiconv (needed for IRI and IDN support)
  • libz >= 1.2.3 (the distribution may call the package zlib*, eg. zlib1g on Debian)
  • liblzma >= 5.1.1alpha (optional, if you want HTTP lzma decompression)
  • libbz2 >= 1.0.6 (optional, if you want HTTP bzip2 decompression)
  • libbrotlidec/libbrotli >= 1.0.0 (optional, if you want HTTP brotli decompression)
  • libzstd >= 1.3.0 (optional, if you want HTTP zstd decompression)
  • libgnutls (3.3, 3.5 or 3.6)
  • libidn2 >= 0.14 (libidn >= 1.25 if you don't have libidn2)
  • flex >= 2.5.35
  • libpsl >= 0.5.0
  • libnghttp2 >= 1.3.0 (optional, if you want HTTP/2 support)
  • libmicrohttpd >= 0.9.51 (optional, if you want to run the test suite)
  • lzip (optional, if you want to build distribution tarballs)
  • lcov (optional, for coverage reports)
  • libgpgme >= 0.4.2 (optional, for automatic signature verification)
  • libpcre | libpcre2 (optional, for filtering by PCRE|PCRE2 regex)
  • libhsts (optional, to support HSTS preload lists)
  • libwolfssl (optional, to support WolfSSL instead of GnuTLS)

The versions are recommended, but older versions may also work.

Downloading and building from tarball

    wget https://gnuwget.gitlab.io/wget2/wget2-latest.tar.gz
    tar xf wget2-latest.tar.gz
    cd wget2-*
    make check
    sudo make install

Building from git

Download project and prepare sources with

    git clone https://gitlab.com/gnuwget/wget2.git
    cd wget2
    # on shell failure try 'bash ./bootstrap'

Build Wget2 with


In Haiku build Wget2 with

    setarch x86
    ./configure --prefix=/boot/home/config/non-packaged
    rm /boot/home/config/non-packaged/wget2 && mv /boot/home/config/non-packaged/wget2_noinstall /boot/home/config/non-packaged/wget2

Test the functionality

    make check

Install Wget2 and libwget

    sudo make install (or su -c "make install")


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