Is it possible to get WGET to only show download progress e.g. download bar, opposed to all of the connection info, as it does look a little ugly on the client side, is this possible to do?

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You can use:

wget --no-verbose ...
wget -nv ...

to make wget less verbose. When I saw "less verbose" I mean that you get:

  • one printed line of text with the file name for each download
  • no progress bar
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    This doesn't show the progress bar...
    – JoeNahmias
    Aug 5, 2019 at 14:04

There's an answer on StackOverflow that does this:

wget -q --show-progress http://example.com

--show-progress will override the "quiet" flag.

For wget <1.16, use this excellent answer instead.

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    should be the accepted answer as it relates to wget specifically.
    – cerd
    Jun 22, 2017 at 22:47
  • This answer still makes it spam the stdout with a gigantic progress bar. In the comments of the answer you linked however there's a solution, together with -q and --show-progress, you should add: --progress=bar:force:noscroll Feb 28, 2020 at 13:40
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    In wget 1.14: unrecognized option '--show-progress'
    – Noam Manos
    Jun 25, 2020 at 12:19

The following option works great to show minimum progress without complete silence like -q:

wget --progress=bar:force:noscroll https://repo.anaconda.com/...

For wget 1.16+, use -q --show-progress to show the progress bar only, as mentioned in an earlier answer.

wget -q --show-progress https://repo.anaconda.com/...

Try curl instead...

$ curl "http://curl.haxx.se/download/curl-7.21.6.tar.lzma" -o nul
  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
 11 1838k   11  213k    0     0   7996      0  0:03:55  0:00:27  0:03:28 18096

...or curl -#:

$ curl "http://curl.haxx.se/download/curl-7.21.6.tar.lzma" -o nul -#
#########                                                                 13,3%

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