How To Use Wget Through Proxy

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Friday, August 25, 2006

Wget is a super-useful utility to download pages and automate all types of web related tasks. It works for HTTP as well as FTP URL’s. Here is a brief tutorial on how to use wget through proxy server.

To get wget to use a proxy, you must set up an environment variable before using wget. Type this at the command prompt / console:
For Windows:
set http_proxy=http://proxy.example.com:8080

For Linux/Unix:
export http_proxy="http://proxy.example.com:8080"

Replace proxy.example.com with your actual proxy server.
Replace 8080 with your actual proxy server port.

You can similarly use ftp_proxy to proxy ftp requests. An example on Linux would be:
export ftp_proxy="http://proxy.example.com:8080"

Then you should specify the following option in wget command line to turn the proxy behavior on:
–proxy=on

Alternatively you can use the following to turn it off:
–proxy=off

You can use –proxy-username="user name" –proxy-passwd="password" to set proxy user name and password where required.
Replace user name with your proxy server user name and password with your proxy server password. Another alternative is to specify them in http_proxy / ftp_proxy environment variable as follows:
export http_proxy="http://username:password@proxy.example.com:8080"

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November 25, 2010: 11:30 am

can you make the export of http_proxy permanent?

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the environment variables aren’t the only way to communicate this information to wget.


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You can put it on your side of the reinforced concrete or shell, But in fact, the environment variable is not the only way to convey information package.

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January 8, 2010: 4:41 am

may i ask u some question??
i must connect to proxy if i was in college, but when im in home, i must using automatic proxy conf.so how to change last configuration which is using proxy to new setting>>that automatic proxy in wget?thanks

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December 11, 2009: 3:27 am

it really worked for using cmd line for remote hosts. Really awsome. worked exactly as it is described.


Larry Jones
November 18, 2009: 2:27 pm

Hello,

Is there a way to have wget work when you have to use a configuration script? That is, I have to enable the “use atomatic configuration script” option under Tools/Internet Options/Connections Tab/LAN Settings

thanks,

Larry

September 29, 2009: 8:33 pm

thx, i know now!


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August 11, 2009: 12:33 pm

Hi,

Thanks for the article .. it helped me to solve one problem.. really thanks

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October 26, 2008: 7:26 am

@ Benson: Well, endashes, but same diff.

@ koen: You could place it in your shell’s rc or profile; but actually, the environment variables aren’t the only way to communicate this information to wget. They are also available as wgetrc commands, so you can place them in your ~/.wgetrc; you can also specify them on the command-line as: -e http_proxy=… -e proxy_password=…


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October 2, 2008: 1:48 am

how can you make the export of http_proxy permanent?


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August 26, 2008: 2:16 am

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January 17, 2008: 10:47 am

Correct usage is:
–proxy-user=\\\\\\\”user name\\\\\\\” –proxy-password=\\\\\\\”password\\\\\\\”

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