Downloading an Entire Web Site with wget


If you ever need to download an entire Web site, perhaps for off-line viewing, wget can do the
job—for example:

$ wget \
     --recursive \
     --no-clobber \
     --page-requisites \
     --html-extension \
     --convert-links \
     --restrict-file-names=windows \
     --domains \
     --no-parent \

This command downloads the Web site

The options are:

  • --recursive: download the entire Web site.

  • --domains don't follow links outside

  • --no-parent: don't follow links outside the directory tutorials/html/.

  • --page-requisites: get all the elements that compose the page (images, CSS and so on).

  • --html-extension: save files with the .html extension.

  • --convert-links: convert links so that they work locally, off-line.

  • --restrict-file-names=windows: modify filenames so that they will work in Windows as well.

  • --no-clobber: don't overwrite any existing files (used in case the download is interrupted and



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How to view as a web page

Slagathor's picture

I am now downloading a site, using the "wget -m" option, and there are all this files within a folder. How do I view it in a web browser? :)


herif's picture

Thank you, for these helpful information
than you,


Anonymous's picture

I had make a script to dowload a html file from the website. But it takes all in the sense header , body footer like that .i want only certain text to be copied. can u help me

wGet script

s3nzo's picture

Can you please post the full code


Mike T.'s picture

Thanks a lot for posting this. I needed to get a backup of a website quickly and easily. Wget did the trick!

wget -m

Anonymous's picture

More easy:

wget -m

Mirroring website with - m Flag

Ahamed Bauani's picture

Yes, weget has it's own built-in signal flag '-m' or '--mirror' which is easy to use.

wget -m

will give you the full website on your HDD.

But the script above his more powerful, as I can control the downloading speed. More important thing is if you are going to use -m option to a well maintained, you most probably got BAN. As you are ignoring roobts.txt , downloading files without any delay. Like if you found someone is downloading ALL of your files with speed, making high load on your web server, will you allow it?

Ahamed Bauani
Bauani's Technology Related Blog

Thank You for the Script

Ahamed Bauani's picture

Ho, the main thing, Thanks to the writer of script, it is very useful to me or probably others.

Thanks again.
Ahamed Bauani

Please use

Anonymous's picture

Thanks a lot! I needed to mirror a site on our local LAN, and this kept me from having to re familiarize myself with the man page. But PLEASE use for a placeholder domain name. It is reserved for exactly that purpose.

options that you should add to the main article

magi182's picture

It would be a VERY good idea to add:

--wait=9 --limit-rate=10K

to your command so you don't kill the server you are trying to download from.

the --wait option introduces a number of seconds to wait between download attempts, the --limit-rate limits the amount of the servers bandwidth you are sucking up. Both good ideas if you don't want to be blacklisted by the servers admin.


Miri's picture

What options of wget should I use to retrieve all the pages related to the links from a main search page ? I've been trying for days to achieve it, using Linux.

Faleminderit per postimin, ( tr - thanks for posting )

Good work

Arjun Pakrashi's picture

I was always finding suggestions on appropriate switches to be used when downloading a complete website. This piece of document was very helpful. Thanks and keep up the good work.


partero's picture

Very good instructions

My use

Luigimax's picture

Just to start, this post is most helpfull. Dashamir Hoxha thanks alot!

the reason for writing this is when downloading multiple sites in sequence will take much time. so to easly download multiple sites i set this up. and yes it would be more efficent to put the pipe command in the scrpt file.

what im using it for: dowload multiple websites (manga specificly)

step 1: put the wget command in a script file (for ease of use)

wget -r --page-requisites --convert-links --no-parent -l $2 -U Mozilla $1

ill call mine "meget"
run command: chmod +x meget
is what i put in mine. how to use: [script-name] [target website] [scan depth]

step 2:

make a file with all the websites you want to download - one per line. ill call mine "zone"

step 3: run command:

cat zone | xargs -n1 -P 3 -i ./meget {} 1000

to increase the number of parallel downloads change the 3 to whatever number you need. keep in mind not to have a list of 300 sites and download them all at once - this may cause problems

be sure to also set the 1000 number to the depth you need. in my case to download a 1500 page manga i need to set it upto 1500 or more.

when it is running it will only show one downlaod at a time. if still running it will always show something.

Just what I've been looking for

TsueDesu's picture

Just this week I needed to make a site available offline so I can reference to it while working at home. And YaY!! I have wget and love using it already. However, I advise taking note of how wget is saving the files, if it's a site with lots of PHP pages, then you'll have to change the reference in every .php to .php.html ... Not to fear though, your computer can already do the hard work for you. Just type

grep -rl .php *.html | xargs perl -pi~ -e 's/.php/.php.html/'

et voila Your pages will open and link with out a hitch...really interesting and marvelous this Linux thing.

I know that your post is

Silvia's picture

I know that your post is quite old, but I just wanted to add that wget can convert the references to renamed files in downloaded pages with option -k (--convert-links). This option is also very useful if you haven't downloaded all the referenced files, check out its magic in the manual.

I know that your post is

Silvia's picture

I know that your post is quite old, but I just wanted to add that wget can convert the references to renamed files in downloaded pages with option -k (--convert-links). This option is also very useful if you haven't downloaded all the referenced files, check out it's magic in the manual.