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How do you download files, such as mp3/pdf/doc, from websites in linux OS, such as Ubuntu?

I know wget is a good tool, anything else?


Many downloading tools, such as eMule, are better than wget in terms of downloading speed, right?

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wget and curl are pretty good, but I'd say wget is the standard. Also, this might be a little off-topic here. – Dan Fego Jan 29 '12 at 6:06
In response to your edit, eMule is P2P, isn't it? Not exactly a replacement? – Dan Fego Jan 29 '12 at 6:12
@DanFego, yes, :), so how do you usually download staff in linux? Any other tools? – Alcott Jan 29 '12 at 6:15
if I were downloading a bunch of files from a website, I'd use wget or a web browser. wget has spidering functionality that might be helpful for downloading a lot of files. – Dan Fego Jan 29 '12 at 6:16
@DanFego, thank you very much. – Alcott Jan 29 '12 at 6:20

wget is strong enough for almost any use. You just have to know know how to use it.

You can write your own script which acts like DAP in shell environment. For example running several instances of wget in background will increase your download rate and speed...

wget &

(notice the ampersand) and so on.

If you are not restricted to text mode, you may use FlashGet and lots of other stuff.

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axel (the site is down as of this posting - it may come back later) is a nice little tool for downloading files which downloads over multiple connections. Anything large, like distribution ISO's, I try to download using axel.

However, depending on use, wget may be better - it has many more commandline switches and countermeasures to sites that don't like downloaders, as well as a lot of other stuff (man wget | nl reports 1288 lines - axel's man page is only 97 lines long).

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