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Firefox download getting stuck. ‘wget’ to the rescue!

August 30, 2011

The firefox download manager has been giving me quite a headache whenever I try to do big downloads. Even if it is a 70MB download, after 25 or so MB, it gets stuck. Then I have to pause and hit continue for the download to proceed again. It so happens that many times an error occurs and I can’t continue the download from where it got stuck and I have to download the whole thing again… and again… and again…

Ha! But I’m not to be trifled with. Not as long as ‘wget’ is there! ‘wget’ is a GNU free software package that is used for retrieving files over the web. If you have got it installed, then all you have to do is to get the download link and use wget to download it.

In order to get the download link, right click on whichever download you want in the firefox download manager. There will be an option ‘copy download link’. Click on it.

Then open a terminal and go to whichever folder you want the file downloaded to. Assuming it is in the Desktop, type the following command at the prompt:

haris@asylum:~/Desktop$ wget <paste the download link>

Now even if it gets stuck in the middle, you can resume from wherever it was interrupted by giving the option ‘-c’ to ‘wget’. That is, the command will be like

haris@asylum:~/Desktop$ wget -c <paste the download link>

And there it continues beautifully.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 31, 2011 10:57 AM

    Nice post :)
    wget can do some magical things too ;)
    ‘wget -r ‘ fetches all files available to public ;) Imagine if somebody does that to wikipedia ;) ;)

  2. September 2, 2011 10:31 PM

    I think you have a stumbled upon a very wicked idea of giving someone a hard time. :D

  3. asd permalink
    November 9, 2011 3:45 AM

    its a virus! careful

    • November 9, 2011 5:50 AM

      Ah well. Might be, but as I’m using Linux, I don’t think I need to worry about that issue. But thanks for the concern bro!

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