Introduction to Wget

The Wget package contains a utility useful for non-interactive downloading of files from the Web.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS 12.1 platform.

Package Information

  • Download (HTTP): https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/wget/wget-1.21.4.tar.gz

  • Download MD5 sum: e7f7ca2f215b711f76584756ebd3c853

  • Download size: 4.8 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 36 MB (add 27 MB for tests)

  • Estimated build time: 0.3 SBU (add 0.3 SBU for tests)

Wget Dependencies


Recommended at runtime


GnuTLS-3.8.3, HTTP-Daemon-6.16 (for the test suite), IO-Socket-SSL-2.085 (for the test suite), libidn2-2.3.7, PCRE-8.45 or pcre2-10.42, and Valgrind-3.22.0 (for the test suite)

Installation of Wget

Install Wget by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr      \
            --sysconfdir=/etc  \
            --with-ssl=openssl &&

To test the results, issue: make check. A few tests are known to fail due to an incompatibility with Python 3.12.

Some tests may fail when Valgrind tests are enabled.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--sysconfdir=/etc: This relocates the configuration file from /usr/etc to /etc.

--with-ssl=openssl: This allows the program to use openssl instead of GnuTLS-3.8.3.

--enable-valgrind-tests: This allows the tests to be run under valgrind.

Configuring Wget

Config Files

/etc/wgetrc and ~/.wgetrc


Installed Program: wget
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: None

Short Descriptions


retrieves files from the Web using the HTTP, HTTPS and FTP protocols. It is designed to be non-interactive, for background or unattended operations