How To Install Wget on CentOS

Install Wget on CentOS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration wget command on CentOS. For those of you who didn’t know, Wget is a free network utility to download files from the Web using HTTP and FTP, the two most widely used Internet protocols. The wget utility is available for free and licensed under GNU GPL License. However, it also supports HTTPS protocol as well as retrieval through HTTP proxies.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation wget on a CentOS server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS or RHEL-based.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • An active internet connection.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Wget on CentOS Linux

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf update

Step 2. Installing wget on CentOS Linux.

To install the wget command on a CentOS machine just run the command:

sudo dnf install wget

Example wget command

To download a single file from a website use the following command:

wget http://sitename.com/file.jpg

If your web page requires a username and password use the following command:

wget --user=youruser --password=yourpassword http://sitename.com/file.jpeg

Download a file from an FTP site using the following command:

wget ftp://sitename.com/file.jpeg

If your FTP site requires a username and password use the following command:

wget ---ftp-user=youruser --ftp-password=yourpassword ftp://sitename.com/file.jpeg

Download an entire website using the following command:

wget -r http://sitename.com

Download and save it in a specific path using the following command:

 wget --directory-prefix=folder/nextfolder sitename.com

Download a file and save it under a different name using the following command:

wget --output-document=filename.php sitename.com

Resume an interrupted file download using the following command:

wget --continue sitename.com/filename.mp4

Limit the download speed of a file using the following command:

wget --limit-rate=1000k http://sitename.com/file.iso

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed wget. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing wget command on your CentOS system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official wget website.


r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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