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I come from a Linux/Unix background and I have been wondering if Windows has a binary that can download files from the console.

I would like to automate a certain process and one of my requirements it to not install much software, but use the built-in stuff as much as possible.


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to be honest.. wget and curl aren't really built-in commands. – Mike Jan 4 at 13:43
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There is no wget like built-in command in Windows. You can use the .net Framework via Windows PowerShell like in this example:

or like i do and use wget for Windows:

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Thanks! I was hoping for a native binary, but... what the heck -- wget it is! :D – carlspring Mar 1 '13 at 14:09


$wc = New-Object System.Net.WebClient
$wc.DownloadFile($source, $dest)

There's also Invoke-WebRequest in PS 3.0.

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I was really hoping for a native implementation part of the system. – carlspring Mar 1 '13 at 14:08
It is a native part of the system. It comes with Windows out of the box. – Ryan Ries Mar 1 '13 at 14:09
Thanks for the clarification. – carlspring Mar 1 '13 at 14:11

If you have PowerShell >= 3.0, you can use Invoke-WebRequest

Invoke-WebRequest -OutFile index.html

Or golfed

curl -outf index.html

Download a file via HTTP in Windows

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I like http-ping utility. You can run with these settings: ping once and save the contents to google.html

http-ping.exe -n 1 -f google.html

It does not require installation. Check more about http-ping here

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