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-7.7 platform.

Package Information

Wget Dependencies



libidn-1.29, PCRE-8.36; libwww-perl-6.13 with IO::Socket::SSL (required for the test suite); Valgrind-3.10.1 (optional for the test suite, but failures are introduced), Dante, 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.

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 work with OpenSSL-1.0.2. It can be omitted if GnuTLS-3.3.12 is found or the HTTPS protocol is not needed.

--enable-valgrind-tests: This allows the tests to be optionally run under valgrind. Unfortunately, failures are introduced.

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 2015-02-20 12:02:49 -0800