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-8.0 platform.

Package Information

Wget Dependencies



GnuTLS-3.5.11, GPGME-1.9.0, libidn-1.33, PCRE-8.40, Valgrind-3.12.0 (optional for the test suite), IO::Socket::SSL, HTTP::Daemon (both 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  \
            --with-ssl=openssl &&

To test the results, issue: make check. The HTTPS tests fail if 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-1.0.2k instead of GnuTLS-3.5.11.

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

Configuring Wget

Config Files

/etc/wgetrc and ~/.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 2017-03-07 12:38:57 -0600