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.


  • to be honest.. wget and curl aren't really built-in commands. – Mike Jan 4 '16 at 13:43
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    Windows 8.1, October 2017 - curl and wget are both included in PowerShell, as this shows: stackoverflow.com/questions/33364752/… – SDsolar Oct 14 '17 at 7:53

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
  • The gnu version of wget for windows has a major bug that makes it crash when downloading large files. – Juan Jimenez Mar 1 '18 at 9:11


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

There's also Invoke-WebRequest in PS 3.0.

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

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

Invoke-WebRequest -OutFile index.html http://superuser.com

Or golfed

iwr -outf index.html http://superuser.com

Download a file via HTTP in Windows

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    I just checked... "wget" is a built-in alias for Invoke-WebRequest. :) – Charles Burge Aug 7 '17 at 7:30
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    @CharlesBurge it is removed with PowerShell 6 – Steven Penny Aug 7 '17 at 11:28

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 http://www.google.com/ -f google.html

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

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