Using WGET

Posted on 2011-02-15
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I want to be able to retrieve all *.csv files from a folder on a website like this  and copy all files into a folder named on a Windows machine

THe names of the CSV files vary all the time

I want to do this if possible with Wget, I have not been able to figure it out myself
Question by:weegiraffe
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Accepted Solution

woolmilkporc earned 250 total points
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wget -r -P /path/to/ -nd -A.csv


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Bxoz earned 250 total points
ID: 34902252

Wget -r -nd -A.csv <url>

-r makes it recursive
-nd no directories
-A.csv means all csvfiles on page

Expert Comment

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Since you can't do 'wget*.csv', the approach I think about would be like this:
* wget an html file (eg: index.html), which contains the csv names in that folder (if you allow directory listing, this shouldn't be hard to do)
* grep that file to get all the lines with .csv names, and parse those lines to leave the full file name
* loop through those names with wget to download them
* copy all the files to the folder, which was previously mounted using a samba client
Best regards

Author Comment

ID: 34904420
Thank you all for your suggestions

wget -r -P /path/to/ -nd -A.csv

is not working.  

Neither is Wget -r -nd -A.csv <url>

t-max's suggestion is far too complicated, the job could be done more efficently with FTP

I will attempt to clarify my requirements:
I need to pull down only CSV files from a specific directory on a website to a Windows File Server.

The website directory name containing the files is always the same, so there is no need to search other directories on the website.

The files are always CSVs but the name varies.

These steps have to be repeated on 50 sites, and this number will grow.

effectively I need to download all CSV from URL such as  :
to Windows folder such as or  or etc...

It would ideal if Wget could also create these target folder if they do not exist.

I know I can do all of this, with the Windows command line (or any) FTP client but, but a bunch of WGET calls in a batch file would make it easier.

If WGET is not the correct tool , then just please say so.

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Expert Comment

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What do you mean with "is not working"? Error messages? Undesired results? Please clarify!

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Expert Comment

ID: 34905202
I think you can use the GnuWin32 tools
There is wget tool for windows
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Expert Comment

ID: 34907077
The other obvious option is to use rsync.  

Author Comment

ID: 34908308
This seems to be the closest I can get

wget  -r -l1 --no-parent -A.csv


Author Closing Comment

ID: 34908331
I have found the solution

Author Comment

ID: 34908416
************** CORRECT SOLUTION IS HERE **************

I am not sure what I did wrong but this is actually the correct solution

This seems to be the closest I can get

wget  -r -l1 --no-parent -A.csv

Not the accepted solution....I appear to have made mistake, but I am happy to assign the points as shown as the suggestions set me on the correct path.

******** CORRECT SOLUTION IS HERE **************

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