Wget Proxy: How to run Wget behind a Proxy server – cephas@work

Что мы будем освещать?

В этой статье мы рассмотрим команду wget и узнаем, как использовать ее с прокси-сервером Squid.

(exec. time command options) > ~/.wgetrc > /etc/wgetrc > environment

This is just a big picture, only for proxy settings. It might not be the same in all the cases.

2 invoking

By default, Wget is very simple to invoke. The basic syntax is:

Wget will simply download all the URLs specified on the command
line. URL is a Uniform Resource Locator, as defined below.

However, you may wish to change some of the default parameters of
Wget. You can do it two ways: permanently, adding the appropriate
command to .wgetrc (see Startup File), or specifying it on
the command line.

1 URL Format

URL is an acronym for Uniform Resource Locator. A uniform
resource locator is a compact string representation for a resource
available via the Internet. Wget recognizes the URL syntax as per
RFC1738. This is the most widely used form (square brackets denote
optional parts):

10 FTPS Options


This option tells Wget to use FTPS implicitly. Implicit FTPS consists of initializing
SSL/TLS from the very beginning of the control connection. This option does not send
an AUTH TLS command: it assumes the server speaks FTPS and directly starts an
SSL/TLS connection. If the attempt is successful, the session continues just like
regular FTPS (PBSZ and PROT are sent, etc.).
Implicit FTPS is no longer a requirement for FTPS implementations, and thus
many servers may not support it. If ‘–ftps-implicit’ is passed and no explicit
port number specified, the default port for implicit FTPS, 990, will be used, instead
of the default port for the “normal” (explicit) FTPS which is the same as that of FTP,


Do not resume the SSL/TLS session in the data channel. When starting a data connection,
Wget tries to resume the SSL/TLS session previously started in the control connection.
SSL/TLS session resumption avoids performing an entirely new handshake by reusing
the SSL/TLS parameters of a previous session. Typically, the FTPS servers want it that way,
so Wget does this by default. Under rare circumstances however, one might want to
start an entirely new SSL/TLS session in every data connection.
This is what ‘–no-ftps-resume-ssl’ is for.


All the data connections will be in plain text. Only the control connection will be
under SSL/TLS. Wget will send a PROT C command to achieve this, which must be
approved by the server.


Fall back to FTP if FTPS is not supported by the target server. For security reasons,
this option is not asserted by default. The default behaviour is to exit with an error.
If a server does not successfully reply to the initial AUTH TLS command, or in the
case of implicit FTPS, if the initial SSL/TLS connection attempt is rejected, it is
considered that such server does not support FTPS.

13 Exit Status

Wget may return one of several error codes if it encounters problems.

2 Option Syntax

Since Wget uses GNU getopt to process command-line arguments, every
option has a long form along with the short one. Long options are
more convenient to remember, but take time to type. You may freely
mix different option styles, or specify options after the command-line
arguments. Thus you may write:

The space between the option accepting an argument and the argument may
be omitted. Instead of ‘-o log’ you can write ‘-olog’.

You may put several options that do not require arguments together,

This is completely equivalent to:

Since the options can be specified after the arguments, you may
terminate them with ‘–’. So the following will try to download
URL ‘-x’, reporting failure to log:

The options that accept comma-separated lists all respect the convention
that specifying an empty list clears its value. This can be useful to
clear the .wgetrc settings. For instance, if your .wgetrc
sets exclude_directories to /cgi-bin, the following
example will first reset it, and then set it to exclude /~nobody
and /~somebody. You can also clear the lists in .wgetrc
(see Wgetrc Syntax).

Most options that do not accept arguments are boolean options,
so named because their state can be captured with a yes-or-no
(“boolean”) variable. For example, ‘–follow-ftp’ tells Wget
to follow FTP links from HTML files and, on the other hand,
‘–no-glob’ tells it not to perform file globbing on FTP URLs.

Unless stated otherwise, it is assumed that the default behavior is
the opposite of what the option accomplishes. For example, the
documented existence of ‘–follow-ftp’ assumes that the default
is to not follow FTP links from HTML pages.

Affirmative options can be negated by prepending the ‘–no-’ to
the option name; negative options can be negated by omitting the
‘–no-’ prefix. This might seem superfluous—if the default for
an affirmative option is to not do something, then why provide a way
to explicitly turn it off?

But the startup file may in fact change
the default. For instance, using follow_ftp = on in
.wgetrc makes Wget follow FTP links by default, and
using ‘–no-follow-ftp’ is the only way to restore the factory
default from the command line.

3 Basic Startup Options


Display the version of Wget.


Print a help message describing all of Wget’s command-line options.


Go to background immediately after startup. If no output file is
specified via the ‘-o’, output is redirected to wget-log.

-e command
–execute command

Execute command as if it were a part of .wgetrc
(see Startup File). A command thus invoked will be executed
after the commands in .wgetrc, thus taking precedence over
them. If you need to specify more than one wgetrc command, use multiple
instances of ‘-e’.

1 Spanning Hosts

Wget’s recursive retrieval normally refuses to visit hosts different
than the one you specified on the command line. This is a reasonable
default; without it, every retrieval would have the potential to turn
your Wget into a small version of google.

3 Directory-Based Limits

Regardless of other link-following facilities, it is often useful to
place the restriction of what files to retrieve based on the directories
those files are placed in. There can be many reasons for this—the
home pages may be organized in a reasonable directory structure; or some
directories may contain useless information, e.g. /cgi-bin or
/dev directories.

Wget offers three different options to deal with this requirement. Each
option description lists a short name, a long name, and the equivalent
command in .wgetrc.

4 Relative Links

When ‘-L’ is turned on, only the relative links are ever followed.
Relative links are here defined those that do not refer to the web
server root. For example, these links are relative:

These links are not relative:

Using this option guarantees that recursive retrieval will not span
hosts, even without ‘-H’. In simple cases it also allows downloads
to “just work” without having to convert links.

This option is probably not very useful and might be removed in a future

5 Following FTP Links

The rules for FTP are somewhat specific, as it is necessary for
them to be. FTP links in HTML documents are often included
for purposes of reference, and it is often inconvenient to download them
by default.

5 time-stamping

One of the most important aspects of mirroring information from the
Internet is updating your archives.

1 Time-Stamping Usage

The usage of time-stamping is simple. Say you would like to download a
file so that it keeps its date of modification.

6 startup file

Once you know how to change default settings of Wget through command
line arguments, you may wish to make some of those settings permanent.
You can do that in a convenient way by creating the Wget startup

Besides .wgetrc is the “main” initialization file, it is
convenient to have a special facility for storing passwords. Thus Wget
reads and interprets the contents of $HOME/.netrc, if it finds
it. You can find .netrc format in your system manuals.

Wget reads .wgetrc upon startup, recognizing a limited set of

1 Wgetrc Location

When initializing, Wget will look for a global startup file,
/usr/local/etc/wgetrc by default (or some prefix other than
/usr/local, if Wget was not installed there) and read commands
from there, if it exists.

2 Wgetrc Syntax

The syntax of a wgetrc command is simple:

The variable will also be called command. Valid
values are different for different commands.

The commands are case-, underscore- and minus-insensitive. Thus
‘DIr__PrefiX’, ‘DIr-PrefiX’ and ‘dirprefix’ are the same.
Empty lines, lines beginning with ‘#’ and lines containing white-space
only are discarded.

Commands that expect a comma-separated list will clear the list on an
empty command. So, if you wish to reset the rejection list specified in
global wgetrc, you can do it with:

3 Wgetrc Commands

The complete set of commands is listed below. Legal values are listed
after the ‘=’. Simple Boolean values can be set or unset using
‘on’ and ‘off’ or ‘1’ and ‘0’.

Some commands take pseudo-arbitrary values. address values can be
hostnames or dotted-quad IP addresses. n can be any positive
integer, or ‘inf’ for infinity, where appropriate. string
values can be any non-empty string.

Most of these commands have direct command-line equivalents. Also, any
wgetrc command can be specified on the command line using the
‘–execute’ switch (see Basic Startup Options.)

4 Sample Wgetrc

This is the sample initialization file, as given in the distribution.
It is divided in two section—one for global usage (suitable for global
startup file), and one for local usage (suitable for
$HOME/.wgetrc). Be careful about the things you change.

Note that almost all the lines are commented out. For a command to have
any effect, you must remove the ‘#’ character at the beginning of
its line.

### Sample Wget initialization file .wgetrc

## You can use this file to change the default behaviour of wget or to
## avoid having to type many many command-line options. This file does
## not contain a comprehensive list of commands -- look at the manual
## to find out what you can put into this file. You can find this here:
##   $ info wget.info 'Startup File'
## Or online here:
##   https://www.gnu.org/software/wget/manual/wget.html#Startup-File
## Wget initialization file can reside in /usr/local/etc/wgetrc
## (global, for all users) or $HOME/.wgetrc (for a single user).
## To use the settings in this file, you will have to uncomment them,
## as well as change them, in most cases, as the values on the
## commented-out lines are the default values (e.g. "off").
## Command are case-, underscore- and minus-insensitive.
## For example ftp_proxy, ftp-proxy and ftpproxy are the same.

## Global settings (useful for setting up in /usr/local/etc/wgetrc).
## Think well before you change them, since they may reduce wget's
## functionality, and make it behave contrary to the documentation:

# You can set retrieve quota for beginners by specifying a value
# optionally followed by 'K' (kilobytes) or 'M' (megabytes).  The
# default quota is unlimited.
#quota = inf

# You can lower (or raise) the default number of retries when
# downloading a file (default is 20).
#tries = 20

# Lowering the maximum depth of the recursive retrieval is handy to
# prevent newbies from going too "deep" when they unwittingly start
# the recursive retrieval.  The default is 5.
#reclevel = 5

# By default Wget uses "passive FTP" transfer where the client
# initiates the data connection to the server rather than the other
# way around.  That is required on systems behind NAT where the client
# computer cannot be easily reached from the Internet.  However, some
# firewalls software explicitly supports active FTP and in fact has
# problems supporting passive transfer.  If you are in such
# environment, use "passive_ftp = off" to revert to active FTP.
#passive_ftp = off

# The "wait" command below makes Wget wait between every connection.
# If, instead, you want Wget to wait only between retries of failed
# downloads, set waitretry to maximum number of seconds to wait (Wget
# will use "linear backoff", waiting 1 second after the first failure
# on a file, 2 seconds after the second failure, etc. up to this max).
#waitretry = 10

## Local settings (for a user to set in his $HOME/.wgetrc).  It is
## *highly* undesirable to put these settings in the global file, since
## they are potentially dangerous to "normal" users.
## Even when setting up your own ~/.wgetrc, you should know what you
## are doing before doing so.

# Set this to on to use timestamping by default:
#timestamping = off

# It is a good idea to make Wget send your email address in a `From:'
# header with your request (so that server administrators can contact
# you in case of errors).  Wget does *not* send `From:' by default.
#header = From: Your Name <username@site.domain>

# You can set up other headers, like Accept-Language.  Accept-Language
# is *not* sent by default.
#header = Accept-Language: en

# You can set the default proxies for Wget to use for http, https, and ftp.
# They will override the value in the environment.
#https_proxy = http://proxy.yoyodyne.com:18023/
#http_proxy = http://proxy.yoyodyne.com:18023/
#ftp_proxy = http://proxy.yoyodyne.com:18023/

# If you do not want to use proxy at all, set this to off.
#use_proxy = on

# You can customize the retrieval outlook.  Valid options are default,
# binary, mega and micro.
#dot_style = default

# Setting this to off makes Wget not download /robots.txt.  Be sure to
# know *exactly* what /robots.txt is and how it is used before changing
# the default!
#robots = on

# It can be useful to make Wget wait between connections.  Set this to
# the number of seconds you want Wget to wait.
#wait = 0

# You can force creating directory structure, even if a single is being
# retrieved, by setting this to on.
#dirstruct = off

# You can turn on recursive retrieving by default (don't do this if
# you are not sure you know what it means) by setting this to on.
#recursive = off

# To always back up file X as X.orig before converting its links (due
# to -k / --convert-links / convert_links = on having been specified),
# set this variable to on:
#backup_converted = off

# To have Wget follow FTP links from HTML files by default, set this
# to on:
#follow_ftp = off

# To try ipv6 addresses first:
#prefer-family = IPv6

# Set default IRI support state
#iri = off

# Force the default system encoding
#localencoding = UTF-8

# Force the default remote server encoding
#remoteencoding = UTF-8

# Turn on to prevent following non-HTTPS links when in recursive mode
#httpsonly = off

# Tune HTTPS security (auto, SSLv2, SSLv3, TLSv1, PFS)
#secureprotocol = auto

7 examples

The examples are divided into three sections loosely based on their

1 Simple Usage

  • Say you want to download a URL. Just type:
  • But what will happen if the connection is slow, and the file is lengthy?
    The connection will probably fail before the whole file is retrieved,
    more than once. In this case, Wget will try getting the file until it
    either gets the whole of it, or exceeds the default number of retries
    (this being 20). It is easy to change the number of tries to 45, to
    insure that the whole file will arrive safely:

  • Now let’s leave Wget to work in the background, and write its progress
    to log file log. It is tiring to type ‘–tries’, so we
    shall use ‘-t’.

    The ampersand at the end of the line makes sure that Wget works in the
    background. To unlimit the number of retries, use ‘-t inf’.

  • The usage of FTP is as simple. Wget will take care of login and

  • If you specify a directory, Wget will retrieve the directory listing,
    parse it and convert it to HTML. Try:

5 Internet Relay Chat

In addition to the mailinglists, we also have a support channel set up
via IRC at irc.freenode.org, #wget. Come check it out!

7 Portability

Like all GNU software, Wget works on the GNU system. However, since it
uses GNU Autoconf for building and configuring, and mostly avoids using
“special” features of any particular Unix, it should compile (and
work) on all common Unix flavors.

Various Wget versions have been compiled and tested under many kinds of
Unix systems, including GNU/Linux, Solaris, SunOS 4.x, Mac OS X, OSF
(aka Digital Unix or Tru64), Ultrix, *BSD, IRIX, AIX, and others. Some
of those systems are no longer in widespread use and may not be able to
support recent versions of Wget. If Wget fails to compile on your
system, we would like to know about it.

Thanks to kind contributors, this version of Wget compiles and works
on 32-bit Microsoft Windows platforms. It has been compiled
successfully using MS Visual C 6.0, Watcom, Borland C, and GCC
compilers. Naturally, it is crippled of some features available on
Unix, but it should work as a substitute for people stuck with

Note that Windows-specific portions of Wget are not
guaranteed to be supported in the future, although this has been the
case in practice for many years now. All questions and problems in
Windows usage should be reported to Wget mailing list at
wget@sunsite.dk where the volunteers who maintain the
Windows-related features might look at them.

8 Signals

Since the purpose of Wget is background work, it catches the hangup
signal (SIGHUP) and ignores it. If the output was on standard
output, it will be redirected to a file named wget-log.
Otherwise, SIGHUP is ignored. This is convenient when you wish
to redirect the output of Wget after having started it.

Other than that, Wget will not try to interfere with signals in any way.
C-c, kill -TERM and kill -KILL should kill it alike.

2 Security Considerations

When using Wget, you must be aware that it sends unencrypted passwords
through the network, which may present a security problem. Here are the
main issues, and some solutions.

  1. The passwords on the command line are visible using ps. The best
    way around it is to use wget -i - and feed the URLs to
    Wget’s standard input, each on a separate line, terminated by C-d.
    Another workaround is to use .netrc to store passwords; however,
    storing unencrypted passwords is also considered a security risk.

  2. Using the insecure basic authentication scheme, unencrypted
    passwords are transmitted through the network routers and gateways.

  3. The FTP passwords are also in no way encrypted. There is no good
    solution for this at the moment.

  4. Although the “normal” output of Wget tries to hide the passwords,
    debugging logs show them, in all forms. This problem is avoided by
    being careful when you send debug logs (yes, even when you send them to

3 Contributors

GNU Wget was written by Hrvoje Nikšić hniksic@xemacs.org,

However, the development of Wget could never have gone as far as it has, were
it not for the help of many people, either with bug reports, feature proposals,
patches, or letters saying “Thanks!”.

Special thanks goes to the following people (no particular order):

A.1 gnu free documentation license

Version 1.3, 3 November 2008

Obsolete lists

Previously, the mailing list wget@sunsite.dk was used as the
main discussion list, and another list,
wget-patches@sunsite.dk was used for submitting and
discussing patches to GNU Wget.

Messages from wget@sunsite.dk are archived at

Messages from wget-patches@sunsite.dk are archived at

Wget proxy: configuring the wgetrc file

Like most of the applications wget has a configuration file too – wgetrc:

Wget proxy: set the environment variable

Before setting the environment variables, lets first see if there are any preset proxy variables present. We can get that information using the following command.

Использование команды wget для загрузки файла

wget — очень простой инструмент. При использовании без каких-либо параметров wget будет извлекать ресурсы по указанному URL-адресу и загружать их в текущий рабочий каталог. В качестве примера посмотрите на приведенный ниже пример:

Приведенный выше файл загружается в каталог, из которого использовалась команда wget.

Настройка прокси для wget

Теперь давайте обратимся к нашей основной теме сегодня: настроить wget с прокси. Прокси-сервер имеет много преимуществ, из которых безопасность является главной задачей. В этом руководстве мы будем использовать прокси-сервер Squid, который уже настроен для нашей сети. Вот конфигурация Squid в нашем случае, измените ее под свои нужды:

Шаг 1. Мы установили Squid на нашу машину с Kali Linux с IP-адресом . Если вы еще не установили squid, вы можете сделать это, просто выполнив команду:

Шаг 2. Убедитесь, что Squid запущен с помощью команды:

$ sudo systemctl status squid

Шаг 3. Теперь измените конфигурацию Squid в соответствии с вашей сетью. Мы настроили Squid, чтобы разрешить устройствам в нашей сети использовать squid. Для этого можно просто открыть файл конфигурации:

$ sudo nano /etc/squid/squid.conf

и добавьте строку «acl localnet src» вместе с IP-адресом или сетевым адресом, для которого вы хотите разрешить доступ. Вот на картинке ниже видно, что мы разрешили нашей сети

Настройка прокси для wget с аутентификацией squid

В этом разделе мы настроим wget для использования аутентификации Squid. Если мы не передадим учетные данные, wget не будет загружать ресурсы. Давай сделаем это сейчас.

Шаг 1. Установите следующий пакет:

$ sudo apt install apache2-utils

Шаг 2. Создайте файл passwd в каталоге ‘/etc/squid/’

$ sudo touch /etc/squid/passwd

Установите владельца этого файла прокси пользователя Squid:

$ sudo chown proxy /etc/squid/passwd


На этом наша демонстрация настройки wget с прокси-сервером с проверкой подлинности и без него завершена. Надеюсь, вы узнали слишком много нового в этой статье. Следует быть осторожным с тем, что иногда конфигурация пакетов может различаться для разных дистрибутивов.

9 appendices

This chapter contains some references I consider useful.

Addendum: how to use this license for your documents

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