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Is there a built-in command line tool for downloading files from the internet? I know there is wget for windows, which is fantastic piece of technology, but I am not allowed to install it :( I just need basic functionality - connect to a url and save contents to disk (or push to sdtout).

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wget doesn't need installing. –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Sep 9 '10 at 9:39

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If inputting a HTTP request by hand is no problem then you can use telnet to connect on port 80. But Wget or cURL seem easier to use.

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If you have Firefox installed, then you can install the iMacros for Firefox addon even with only normal user rights. It is a browser automator. You can use it - among many other things - to download files via the command line.

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How about URL2Disk .I found it here

They say it supports download of images, files, audio file, video file etc.

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Via FTP there's an ftp command available on Windows since XP.

Aside from the ones mentioned already, I've found aria2 to be an excellent CLI downloading utility. It supports HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, Bittorrent and Metalink downloads.

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