wget for Mac OS X Leopard

Three years ago I compiled a version of the ‘wget’ utility so that it would run under Mac OS X and uploaded it to Status-Q. It’s had an amazing number of downloads, and I felt it was probably time to update it!

So here is a shiny new wget.zip, which contains the following:

  • the wget binary
  • the wget.1 man page
  • the default wgetrc configuration file
  • A README file telling you a bit more.

The main changes from the original version are:

  • it’s a universal binary
  • it’s the latest version of wget (1.11.4)
  • it’s compiled on 10.5.4 and may possibly not work on older versions – please let me know in the comments if it does!

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Still works with 10.6.8

Thanks so much!

I know it’s been a while since you released your build of wget, but I just want to verify that you did NOT build it with SSL (ie, for use with https websites) support. When I have attempted to use it for sites using https with SSL certs,

./wget –secure-protocol=auto –no-check-certificate https://torquess.com/software/listing.pdf

Fails with:

Resolving torquess.com…
Connecting to torquess.com||:443… connected.
WARNING: cannot verify torquess.com’s certificate, issued by `/C=US/O=VeriSign, Inc./OU=VeriSign Trust Network/OU=Terms of use at https://www.verisign.com/rpa (c)05/CN=VeriSign Class 3 Secure Server CA’:
Unable to locally verify the issuer’s authority.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 404 Not Found
2011-08-24 16:35:16 ERROR 404: Not Found.

Is my assumption correct, or am I misinterpreting the results?

Never mind. I’ve verified that you have compiled with SSL. Damn windoze sites!

Just work s on 10.6.8

Thank you so much. Wonderful.

I have read the README file and I still have no clue how to do this. I have version 10.6.8. Thanks.

Still works on Lion as of 2012!

Thanks so much. Worked on osx 10.6.8.
Much appreciated :)

Thanks a lot. Seems to be working fine on OSX Lion (10.7.4).


Just passing by to thank you and comment that it works for MacOS X 10.5.8.

Thanks a lot – works a treat on OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)

This was very useful and worked smoothly on my iMac running OS X 10.7.5. Thanks!

Those on OS X Yosemite will probably be better off installing wget with Homebrew if they have it.

That is very useful,


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