s73obrien / node-wget

A download tool for nodejs that emulates the functionality of wget

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wget-improved simplifies retrieving files from any URL

Improvements over wuchengwei/node-wget

  • Handles 3xx redirects (including infinite redirect loops)
  • Passes URL parameters
  • Better error reporting
  • Does not write using append (uses w+ identical to wget)
  • Handles gzip compression, allow you to automatically gunzip the stream


npm install wget-improved --save

download(src, output, options)

const wget = require('wget-improved');
const src = 'http://nodejs.org/images/logo.svg';
const output = '/tmp/logo.svg';
const options = {
    // see options below
let download = wget.download(src, output, options);
download.on('error', function(err) {
download.on('start', function(fileSize) {
download.on('end', function(output) {
download.on('progress', function(progress) {
    typeof progress === 'number'
    // code to show progress bar

request(options, callback)

const wget = require('wget');
const options = {
    protocol: 'https',
    host: 'raw.github.com',
    path: '/Fyrd/caniuse/master/data.json',
    proxy: 'http://host:port',
    method: 'GET'
let req = wget.request(options, function(res) {
    let content = '';
    if (res.statusCode === 200) {
        res.on('error', function(err) {
        res.on('data', function(chunk) {
            content += chunk;
        res.on('end', function() {
    } else {
        console.log('Server respond ' + res.statusCode);

req.on('error', function(err) {


options = {}
    // Set to true to have any gzip stream automatically decompressed before saving
    options.gunzip = false;
    options.proxy = {};
        options.proxy.protocol = 'http';
        options.proxy.host = 'someproxy.org';
        options.proxy.port = 1337;
        options.proxy.proxyAuth = '{basic auth}';
        options.proxy.headers = {'User-Agent': 'Node'};


# If installed globally
nwget https://raw.github.com/Fyrd/caniuse/master/data.json -O /tmp/data.json

# If not installed globally
./node_modules/.bin/nwget https://raw.github.com/Fyrd/caniuse/master/data.json -O /tmp/data.json

Changes from 2.0.0 to 3.0.0

Progress is now returned as a Number instead of a String

On start filesize can return null when the remote server does not provided content-lenth

Exception for not specifying protocol is now: Your URL must use either HTTP or HTTPS.

Supports handling redirects that return a relative URL.

You can now get events for the total number of bytes downloaded download.on('bytes', function(bytes) {}...)

Request headers can be specified by passing an object to options.headers.

Unit tests have been added for most download functionality and error cases. Tests are a requirement for all PRs going forward!


A download tool for nodejs that emulates the functionality of wget

License:MIT License


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