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Name: GNU Wget
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This software is part of the GNU Project.

GNU wget is a free software package for retrieving files using HTTP, HTTPS and FTP, the most widely-used Internet protocols. It is a non-interactive command-line tool, so it may easily be called from scripts, cron jobs, terminals without X Window System support, etc.

GNU wget has many features to make retrieving large files or mirroring entire web or FTP sites easy, including:

    * Can resume aborted downloads, using REST and RANGE
    * Can use filename wild cards and recursively mirror directories
    * NLS-based message files for many different languages
    * Optionally converts absolute links in downloaded documents to relative, so that downloaded documents may link to each other locally
    * Runs on most UNIX-like operating systems as well as Microsoft Windows
    * Supports HTTP proxies
    * Supports HTTP cookies
    * Supports persistent HTTP connections
    * Unattended / background operation
    * Uses local file timestamps to determine whether documents need to be re-downloaded when mirroring

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Registration Date: Fri 05 Nov 2004 02:24:50 AM UTC
License: GNU General Public License v3 or later
Development Status: 5 - Production/Stable


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GNU Wget 1.21.1 Released
     posted by darnir, Sat 09 Jan 2021 10:36:13 AM UTC

Noteworthy changes in this release:

  • Fix compilation on MacOS and Solaris 9
  • Remove bashism from
  • Fix a compilation warning on 32-bit systems
GNU Wget 1.21 Released
     posted by darnir, Sat 09 Jan 2021 10:34:43 AM UTC

Noteworthy changes in this release:

  • Improve the number of translated strings
  • Remove all uses of alloca. In some places the length of untrusted strings has been used, e.g. strings from the command line or from remote.
  • Fix buffer overflows in progress bar code in some locales
GNU Wget 1.20 Released
     posted by darnir, Fri 30 Nov 2018 12:14:38 AM UTC

Noteworthy Changes in this release:

  • Add new option `--retry-on-host-error` to treat local errors as transient and hence Wget will retry to download the file after a brief waiting period.

  • Fixed multiple potential resource leaks as found by static analysis
GNU wget 1.18 released
     posted by gscrivano, Thu 09 Jun 2016 04:33:15 PM UTC

Noteworthy changes

  • By default, on server redirects to a FTP resource, use the original URL to get the local file name. Close CVE-2016-4971.  This introduces a backward-incompatibility for HTTP->FTP redirects and

  any script that relies on the old  behaviour must use --trust-server-names. [...]

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