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I am trying to download a bunch of (lets say .txt files) from a website, now they're not very big (about 4-10kbs each) but there are about 70000 of them.

All I am after is the .txt, I don't want to clone the site like HTTrack etc...

Are there any programs out there which would help me out with this problem? ( and save me a ton of time!)


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Try wget for example. You should include further info into your question, how one can determine the names of the txt-files. And which OS you are using. – mpy Mar 21 '13 at 12:58
Sorry I am using Windows 8 atm (forgot to say in the above) The .txt files are also on random pages within the site (also they have random names) I should of said this also in the above... sorry and thanks for the reply – xencored Mar 21 '13 at 13:07
There's wget for Windows. – Daniel Beck Mar 21 '13 at 13:16
visit wget man page,, and look for acclist. – Darth_Vader Mar 21 '13 at 13:18
Thanks I'll have a look, I was after something like this for files other than images – xencored Mar 21 '13 at 13:20

If you're OK with using a browser, you can use Firefox with the DownThemAll extension. You'll need to browse to the root of the directory and launch DownThemAll - you can filter just .txt files on the selection screen.

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I'm not sure downthemall would be a good solution if they are spread out through a site because the OP has stated there are 700 txt files. Unless there is some option I am unfamiliar with please edit your post with an example. – Darth_Vader Mar 21 '13 at 13:31
Wouldn't this take me just as long? I would have to vist each page (all 50000 of them)? – xencored Mar 21 '13 at 13:32
My apologies, I didn't realise they were spread across multiple pages. DTA would have worked if the files in question were centrally indexed/listed. – Craig Watson Mar 21 '13 at 13:34
No worries thanks for the reply tho! – xencored Mar 21 '13 at 13:36

Use the free HTTrack website copier. It lets you configure e.g. link depth, max file size, bandwith, include and exclude links etc. "It allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. HTTrack arranges the original site's relative link-structure."

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So how would the OP use HTTrack to download only the TXT files spread across the site? He has clearly stated he doesn't want to mirror the entire site. – Karan Mar 21 '13 at 18:15
You're right, he cannot 'just' download the .txt because he needs the 'intermediate' .html too to gather the links. But that's as easy as afterwards "del *.html /s" (and a few more) or an xcopy of all *.txt files to another location. I've done this plenty times for other file types. – Jan Doggen Mar 22 '13 at 7:41

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