wget is a really handy command line utility, but unfortunately not included in OS X. Curl could be a suitable replacement, but frequently scripts are written with wget, and it can be difficult and time-consuming to convert them to using curl.
Users interested in installing wget should first install Homebrew and then run:
brew install wget
This will install wget from Homebrew.
The below steps are deprecated and likely no longer work at all:
Below are the steps required to install a working wget on Mac OS X. This has been tested on OS X 10.6 Lion.
Install XCode from http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/xcode/id497799835?ls=1&mt=12 (at this time, it’s a 1.5GB download.)
Launch XCode, updating if necessary.
Go to Preferences > Downloads, and install Command Line Tools
Now open a terminal and perform the following steps at the command line one at a time to download, extract, configure, compile, and install wget:
curl -O http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/wget/wget-1.14.tar.gz tar xvzf wget-1.14.tar.gz cd wget-1.14 ./configure --with-ssl=openssl make sudo make install
You should now have a working wget installed in /usr/local/bin. Confirm by trying
$ wget wget: missing URL Usage: wget [OPTION]... [URL]... Try `wget --help' for more options.
Feel free to comment below. Thanks!
2/7/2016: I got an email from someone who says this no longer works and gives the following message:
configure: error: –with-ssl=openssl was given, but SSL is not available.
If anyone has advice, please contact me. Thanks!