Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have a crontab that wgets a PHP page every five minutes (just to run some the PHP code), and I want to send the output to standard out. I couldn't find it in the wget manual.

I'm looking for something like:

wget -o stdout http://whatever.com/page.php > /dev/null

Anyone know?

share|improve this question

migrated from stackoverflow.com Aug 10 '11 at 6:09

This question came from our site for professional and enthusiast programmers.

Mistitled, should be "How do you redirect wget to null?". –  BobStein-VisiBone Dec 30 '14 at 13:47
@BobStein-VisiBone I think it is titled correctly. I wanted the thing that is wget-ed to go to a stdout, and the normal stdout to go to null (i.e. ignore what it usually prints, and instead print the response body). –  BigSean Dec 31 '14 at 1:24
Oh! I stand corrected. I have started using wget http://example.com/page.php -qO- (That's a capital Oh.) That standard-outputs ONLY the response body. Is that what you wanted? –  BobStein-VisiBone Dec 31 '14 at 4:32

4 Answers 4

up vote 34 down vote accepted

wget -O - http://whatever.com/page.php > /dev/null

or, if you want to redirect standard error output also:

wget -O - http://whatever.com/page.php > /dev/null 2>&1

or, for codegolf :-)

wget -O-

share|improve this answer
wget -qO /dev/null http://whatever.com/page.php
  • -q to make it quiet
  • -O /dev/null to ignore the page contents
share|improve this answer

You can also try:

wget -q -O - http://whatever.com/page.php > /dev/null 

the -q will make it "quiet"

Or have the file go to some temp html page that you don't mind having. whatever.com/tempFile.html

share|improve this answer
wget -O /dev/null http://example.com/
share|improve this answer
It works on my mac with wget 1.12. –  Simon Aug 9 '11 at 22:29
Could you provide some explanation about what your code does? –  Tom Wijsman Nov 5 '11 at 1:14

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.