GNU Wget Manual
6.3 Wgetrc Commands
The complete set of commands is listed below. Legal values are listed
after the `='. Simple Boolean values can be set or unset using
`on' and `off' or `1' and `0'. A fancier kind of
Boolean allowed in some cases is the lockable Boolean, which may
be set to `on', `off', `always', or `never'. If an
option is set to `always' or `never', that value will be
locked in for the duration of the Wget invocation--commandline options
will not override.
Some commands take pseudo-arbitrary values. address values can be
hostnames or dotted-quad IP addresses. n can be any positive
integer, or `inf' for infinity, where appropriate. string
values can be any non-empty string.
Most of these commands have commandline equivalents (see section 2. Invoking),
though some of the more obscure or rarely used ones do not.
- accept/reject = string
- Same as `-A'/`-R' (see section 4.2 Types of Files).
- add_hostdir = on/off
- Enable/disable host-prefixed file names. `-nH' disables it.
- continue = on/off
- If set to on, force continuation of preexistent partially retrieved
files. See `-c' before setting it.
- background = on/off
- Enable/disable going to background--the same as `-b' (which
- backup_converted = on/off
- Enable/disable saving pre-converted files with the suffix
`.orig'---the same as `-K' (which enables it).
- base = string
- Consider relative URLs in URL input files forced to be
interpreted as HTML as being relative to string---the same as
- bind_address = address
- Bind to address, like the `--bind-address' option.
- cache = on/off
- When set to off, disallow server-caching. See the `-C' option.
- convert links = on/off
- Convert non-relative links locally. The same as `-k'.
- cookies = on/off
- When set to off, disallow cookies. See the `--cookies' option.
- load_cookies = file
- Load cookies from file. See `--load-cookies'.
- save_cookies = file
- Save cookies to file. See `--save-cookies'.
- cut_dirs = n
- Ignore n remote directory components.
- debug = on/off
- Debug mode, same as `-d'.
- delete_after = on/off
- Delete after download--the same as `--delete-after'.
- dir_prefix = string
- Top of directory tree--the same as `-P'.
- dirstruct = on/off
- Turning dirstruct on or off--the same as `-x' or `-nd',
- domains = string
- Same as `-D' (see section 4.1 Spanning Hosts).
- dot_bytes = n
- Specify the number of bytes "contained" in a dot, as seen throughout
the retrieval (1024 by default). You can postfix the value with
`k' or `m', representing kilobytes and megabytes,
respectively. With dot settings you can tailor the dot retrieval to
suit your needs, or you can use the predefined styles
(see section 2.5 Download Options).
- dots_in_line = n
- Specify the number of dots that will be printed in each line throughout
the retrieval (50 by default).
- dot_spacing = n
- Specify the number of dots in a single cluster (10 by default).
- exclude_directories = string
- Specify a comma-separated list of directories you wish to exclude from
download--the same as `-X' (see section 4.3 Directory-Based Limits).
- exclude_domains = string
- Same as `--exclude-domains' (see section 4.1 Spanning Hosts).
- follow_ftp = on/off
- Follow FTP links from HTML documents--the same as
- follow_tags = string
- Only follow certain HTML tags when doing a recursive retrieval, just like
- force_html = on/off
- If set to on, force the input filename to be regarded as an HTML
document--the same as `-F'.
- ftp_proxy = string
- Use string as FTP proxy, instead of the one specified in
- glob = on/off
- Turn globbing on/off--the same as `-g'.
- header = string
- Define an additional header, like `--header'.
- html_extension = on/off
- Add a `.html' extension to `text/html' files without it, like
- http_passwd = string
- Set HTTP password.
- http_proxy = string
- Use string as HTTP proxy, instead of the one specified in
- http_user = string
- Set HTTP user to string.
- ignore_length = on/off
- When set to on, ignore
Content-Length header; the same as
- ignore_tags = string
- Ignore certain HTML tags when doing a recursive retrieval, just like
`-G' / `--ignore-tags'.
- include_directories = string
- Specify a comma-separated list of directories you wish to follow when
downloading--the same as `-I'.
- input = string
- Read the URLs from string, like `-i'.
- kill_longer = on/off
- Consider data longer than specified in content-length header as invalid
(and retry getting it). The default behaviour is to save as much data
as there is, provided there is more than or equal to the value in
- limit_rate = rate
- Limit the download speed to no more than rate bytes per second.
The same as `--limit-rate'.
- logfile = string
- Set logfile--the same as `-o'.
- login = string
- Your user name on the remote machine, for FTP. Defaults to
- mirror = on/off
- Turn mirroring on/off. The same as `-m'.
- netrc = on/off
- Turn reading netrc on or off.
- noclobber = on/off
- Same as `-nc'.
- no_parent = on/off
- Disallow retrieving outside the directory hierarchy, like
`--no-parent' (see section 4.3 Directory-Based Limits).
- no_proxy = string
- Use string as the comma-separated list of domains to avoid in
proxy loading, instead of the one specified in environment.
- output_document = string
- Set the output filename--the same as `-O'.
- page_requisites = on/off
- Download all ancillary documents necessary for a single HTML page to
display properly--the same as `-p'.
- passive_ftp = on/off/always/never
- Set passive FTP---the same as `--passive-ftp'. Some scripts
and `.pm' (Perl module) files download files using `wget
--passive-ftp'. If your firewall does not allow this, you can set
`passive_ftp = never' to override the commandline.
- passwd = string
- Set your FTP password to password. Without this setting, the
password defaults to `email@example.com'.
- progress = string
- Set the type of the progress indicator. Legal types are "dot" and
- proxy_user = string
- Set proxy authentication user name to string, like `--proxy-user'.
- proxy_passwd = string
- Set proxy authentication password to string, like `--proxy-passwd'.
- referer = string
- Set HTTP `Referer:' header just like `--referer'. (Note it
was the folks who wrote the HTTP spec who got the spelling of
- quiet = on/off
- Quiet mode--the same as `-q'.
- quota = quota
- Specify the download quota, which is useful to put in the global
`wgetrc'. When download quota is specified, Wget will stop
retrieving after the download sum has become greater than quota. The
quota can be specified in bytes (default), kbytes `k' appended) or
mbytes (`m' appended). Thus `quota = 5m' will set the quota
to 5 mbytes. Note that the user's startup file overrides system
- reclevel = n
- Recursion level--the same as `-l'.
- recursive = on/off
- Recursive on/off--the same as `-r'.
- relative_only = on/off
- Follow only relative links--the same as `-L' (see section 4.4 Relative Links).
- remove_listing = on/off
- If set to on, remove FTP listings downloaded by Wget. Setting it
to off is the same as `-nr'.
- retr_symlinks = on/off
- When set to on, retrieve symbolic links as if they were plain files; the
same as `--retr-symlinks'.
- robots = on/off
- Specify whether the norobots convention is respected by Wget, "on" by
default. This switch controls both the `/robots.txt' and the
`nofollow' aspect of the spec. See section 9.1 Robot Exclusion, for more
details about this. Be sure you know what you are doing before turning
- server_response = on/off
- Choose whether or not to print the HTTP and FTP server
responses--the same as `-S'.
- span_hosts = on/off
- Same as `-H'.
- timeout = n
- Set timeout value--the same as `-T'.
- timestamping = on/off
- Turn timestamping on/off. The same as `-N' (see section 5. Time-Stamping).
- tries = n
- Set number of retries per URL---the same as `-t'.
- use_proxy = on/off
- Turn proxy support on/off. The same as `-Y'.
- verbose = on/off
- Turn verbose on/off--the same as `-v'/`-nv'.
- wait = n
- Wait n seconds between retrievals--the same as `-w'.
- waitretry = n
- Wait up to n seconds between retries of failed retrievals
only--the same as `--waitretry'. Note that this is turned on by
default in the global `wgetrc'.
- randomwait = on/off
- Turn random between-request wait times on or off. The same as