Introduction to Wget

The Wget package contains a utility useful for non-interactive downloading of files from the Web.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.8 platform.

Package Information

Wget Dependencies



libidn-1.32, OpenSSL-1.0.2d, PCRE-8.38; Valgrind-3.11.0 (optional for the test suite) IO::Socket::SSL (required for the test suite), and libpsl

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/wget

Installation of Wget

Install Wget by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr      \
            --sysconfdir=/etc  &&

To test the results, issue: make check. The HTTPS tests fail if openssl is used and valgrind is enabled.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--sysconfdir=/etc: This relocates the configuration file from /usr/etc to /etc.

--with-ssl=openssl: This allows the program to use OpenSSL-1.0.2d instead of GnuTLS-3.4.7. The combination wget-1.6.3—openssl-1.0.2a is known to be broken.

--enable-valgrind-tests: This allows the tests to be run under valgrind.

Configuring Wget

Config Files

/etc/wgetrc and ~/.wgetrc

If you have installed the Certificate Authority Certificates and you want Wget to use them, as the root user:

echo ca-directory=/etc/ssl/certs >> /etc/wgetrc


Installed Program: wget
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: None

Short Descriptions


retrieves files from the Web using the HTTP, HTTPS and FTP protocols. It is designed to be non-interactive, for background or unattended operations.

Last updated on 2015-11-17 20:29:36 -0600