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I want to download a mp3 file from an online course. But the file is behind a CGI redirect. The URL is: ""

wget returns "no file available for download". I tried curl -L and wget --trust-server-names and wget -content-disposition.

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I get that same error when visiting the site in my browser. – BenjiWiebe Feb 23 '13 at 2:51

You will need to understand a bit more about what the CGI is doing. If I click on that link, from SuperUser, I get the same message. The problem is not with the CLI per-se, its because the CGI is detecting you are accessing the file directly and it has been setup to block this (my guess anyway). Try to use the wget --referer option to set the referer. If that doesn't work simply iterate constantly making wget more "same-same" as your browser, meaning adding in the user agent and so forth.

Note: I'm assuming this file is not behind some kind of system you need to log into. If it is you probably need to look at a small python script (or similar) to achieve this, although there are some tools if scripting is not your bag.

Note: what you are doing may not be legal depending on the terms of service of the site and the license the file is distributed under.

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If a login is required and a browser cookie is used, it can be easily exported and used with Wget. – Karan Feb 23 '13 at 18:14
What I am doing is legal and there is no login. The file is an audio recording of a course from Yale. Chem There are about 30 files, one for each class, that I want so I thought to write a script. I am guessing they put the CGI in there to prevent someone like myself from doing what I am trying to do. :( I tried wget --referer= --user-agent="Chrome 9.5 Gecko 1.7"‌​all08/chem125/mp3/chem125_01_090308.mp3 also and that did not work. – Beaker McChemist Feb 28 '13 at 19:10

I have a script hosted on GoogleCode that solves this exact problem.

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Please add more detail about how this script works, or representative code, or at least usage information. – Kazark Apr 1 '13 at 21:42

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