I have been using Wget, and I have run across an issue. I have a site,that has several folders and subfolders within the site. I need to download all of the contents within each folder and subfolder. I have tried several methods using Wget, and when i check the completion, all I can see in the folders are an "index" file. I can click on the index file, and it will take me to the files, but i need the actual files.

does anyone have a command for Wget that i have overlooked, or is there another program i could use to get all of this information?

site example:

www.mysite.com/Pictures/ within the Pictures DIr, there are several folders.....


www.mysite.com/Pictures/Managers/North America/California/JoeUser.jpg

I need all files, folders, etc.....

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    Have you read the documentation for wget, specifically for using it recursively?
    – user201262
    Commented Oct 7, 2013 at 16:38
  • There's also an article in the documentation here that seems relevant.
    – user201262
    Commented Oct 7, 2013 at 16:39

3 Answers 3


I want to assume you've not tried this:

wget -r --no-parent http://www.mysite.com/Pictures/

or to retrieve the content, without downloading the "index.html" files:

wget -r --no-parent --reject "index.html*" http://www.mysite.com/Pictures/

Reference: Using wget to recursively fetch a directory with arbitrary files in it

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    Thanks, I have run that command several times, but i did not let the command finish all the way to the end. I got side tracked, and let the command actually finish, and it copied ALL Folders First, then it went back and copied ALL of the files into the folder. Commented Oct 7, 2013 at 16:46
  • just goes to show you, if i had patience, i would have had this done 2 weeks ago.... LOL. :) thanks again. Commented Oct 7, 2013 at 16:47
  • @Horrid Henry, Congratulations! Commented Oct 7, 2013 at 17:02
  • I use the similar command but only getting an index.html file!
    – shenkwen
    Commented Jun 25, 2019 at 20:55

I use wget -rkpN -e robots=off http://www.example.com/

-r means recursively

-k means convert links. So links on the webpage will be localhost instead of example.com/bla

-p means get all webpage resources so obtain images and javascript files to make website work properly.

-N is to retrieve timestamps so if local files are newer than files on remote website skip them.

-e is a flag option it needs to be there for the robots=off to work.

robots=off means ignore robots file.

I also had -c in this command so if they connection dropped if would continue where it left off from when i re-run the command. I figured -N would go well with -c

  • Could you add a couple of sentences to your answer to explain what these the parameter settings do?
    – fixer1234
    Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 9:47
  • sorry. sure ill add them now
    – Tim Jonas
    Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 10:27
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    I have updated my answer
    – Tim Jonas
    Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 10:36
  • Thanks. So should -c be part of your command example or added optionally after an incomplete download? Also, the -e is so that the command takes precedence over any that may be in .wgetrc? And is that a typo for -r (recursive vs. reclusive)?
    – fixer1234
    Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 18:27
  • Yes that is correct. Yes -e will execute command as if it were a part of .wgetrc I added it there as robots=off did not seem to work without it there.
    – Tim Jonas
    Commented Dec 23, 2014 at 11:18

wget -m -A * -pk -e robots=off www.mysite.com/ this will download all type of files locally and point to them from the html file
and it will ignore robots file

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