This brief guide will take you step by step through the process of installing wget in macOS.
FYI – this guide could just as easily be called “how to install Linux Apps in macOS” – as there are a slew of *nix programs that have been ported to work via Homebrew.
With Homebrew, the “missing package manager for macOS” (more info here), you can easily install wget in macOS with just a few Terminal commands. Even better, Homebrew itself is just as easy to install. Here goes –
- Go to Applications -> Utilities and double-click Terminal. Then copy and paste the following command into Terminal and hit return (Enter) on your keyboard:
/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
- In all likelihood you’ll see the line The Xcode Command Line Tools will be installed. Hit the return key on your keyboard to continue.
- Enter your macOS password when prompted.
- Sit back and wait. Don’t worry if nothing seems to be happening while the software installs, just give it a bit of time.
- Once the installation has completed you’ll be back at the Terminal prompt. Keep it open, we’ll be using it in the next section too.
Install wget in macOS
- Now that you have Homebrew installed, it’s time to install wget. To do so, enter the command:
brew install wget
- Once again just sit back and wait. Installing wget will take less time than it did to install Homebrew, so don’t go too far away.
- Once again you’ll be back at the macOS Terminal prompt.
- Now type wget to make sure everything went smoothly.
- If you need a refresher on using wget, we’ve got you covered with a guide on using wget. You can also read the manual for wget by entering the command man wget