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How is it possible to pipe out wget's downloaded file? If not what alternatives should I use?

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up vote 27 down vote accepted
wget -O - -o /dev/null
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The -o /dev/null is only necessary if you truly don't care about errors, since without that errors will be written to stderr (while the file is written to stdout). – Greg Hewgill Jun 15 '09 at 11:03
right. or you can check error codes... as long as you pipe output to a file not another command. – pQd Jun 15 '09 at 11:23
AFAIK, no need to -o /dev/null because that goes to stderr anyway. – Milan Babuškov Jun 15 '09 at 11:27
You can use wget -qO- $URL to simplify things. – Oli Jul 5 '11 at 12:04
wget -qO- $URL works if you're using Wget on Windows – Chris S Jan 27 '12 at 12:29

Or use curl, where it's the default behaviour.


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-s won't hurt to make it quiet, particularly with a small file. – A-B-B Oct 6 '14 at 22:54

There are other methods you can use instead of wget and curl:

You can use lynx:

# lynx -source


# w3m -dump_source

and libwww-perl comes with a handy program called GET (as well has HEAD and POST, which do what you think they do)

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Offtopic, but I've used lynx in some of my scripts to parse html for me automatically whenever I've needed the content of a page and didn't care about the markup. It's great for that – Matt Simmons Jun 15 '09 at 12:46
indeed, both lynx and w3m have a -dump option. I prefer w3m for its table and frame support. – David Pashley Jun 15 '09 at 14:00

Just to add another option: I often use lwp-request, from libwww-perl, for this. It outputs to STDOUT by default and is more likely than curl to be installed on the systems I use (your situation my vary).

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FWIW, Mac OS has curl (not wget) and I believe other BSD's do as well. As do a lot of embedded *nix systems I've used. Not sure if Perl is more common than curl. – Wyatt8740 Feb 2 at 21:18

This is how I did it:

curl -s "$URL" | egrep -o "[^']+" | xargs wget -qO-
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I suggest to use Aria2. It's powerful downloader.

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