Download files recursively with wget

With wget you can download files directly in a shell. If you want to download a whole site, known as downloading recursively, you can set the r option.


wget -r http://inkscape.gristle.org

By default wget respects the robots file and thus only downloads the non-private files. The protocol of the robots exclusion standard is pure advisory, this means that the robots.txt contains rules that a search engine or other robots are not allowed to access certain files but they might ignore them.

Wget can be adviced to ignore that rules and thus it downloads the private files anyway. Set the e option as shown next.


wget -e robots=off -r http://inkscape.gristle.org

Other useful commands can be found here:
http://slopjong.de/2009/01/25/useful-mac-commands

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