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I'm just trying to download this, but it always redirect to the main page and in the end just download the index.html file, not the file I'm trying to download:

Do you guys know how to download it correctly? I used --user-agent="firefox+linux, IE+windows, (anything you can think of)" but it doesn't work.

This is the output, is the same with --user-agent enabled:

jaheaga@jaheaga:~$ wget / 19:40:07--
Conectando con[]:80... conectado.
Petición HTTP enviada, esperando respuesta... 302 Found
Ubicación: [siguiente]
--2012-04-13 19:40:08--
Reutilizando la conexión con
Petición HTTP enviada, esperando respuesta... 302 Moved Temporarily
Ubicación: [siguiente]
--2012-04-13 19:40:08--
Reutilizando la conexión con
Petición HTTP enviada, esperando respuesta... 200 OK
Longitud: no especificado [text/html]
Grabando a: “”

    [ <=>                                                                            ]     46.913       234K/s   en 0,2s    

2012-04-13 19:40:09 (234 KB/s) - “” guardado [46913]
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What errors do you get? –  Nifle Apr 13 '12 at 23:31
The link is not working at all. At least, for me. How about uploading it to somewhere? And use the direct link from there? –  Shiki Apr 14 '12 at 0:00
it gives me the main page, but go to and you can check it, weird behavior of that link –  Jaheaga Apr 14 '12 at 0:18
BTW: I am curious. What's the reason for downloading the file with wget instead of inside the browser? I mean you definitely used a browser to find the download url :) –  zpea Apr 14 '12 at 0:30
duty noted, is a batch script I use to fix really broken windows computers. –  Jaheaga Apr 14 '12 at 0:38

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The user-agent is a good start, but not sufficient in that case. Another HTTP header value that is often checked for is 'Referer' [sic!]. See Wikipedia: HTTP Referer.

wget has a --referer=url option to specify the referring page. Analysing the traffic for a successful download in Wireshark shows that it used following request from a testing system of mine:

GET /files/setups/ HTTP/1.1
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux i686; rv:11.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/11.0
Accept: text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,*/*;q=0.8
Accept-Language: en-gb,en;q=0.5
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
Connection: keep-alive

For this case it even seems you don't need to fake an User-Agent.

wget --referer=

Does the trick.

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definitely works. thanks –  Jaheaga Apr 14 '12 at 0:49

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