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How to install WGet on macOS using Homebrew

This post provides a step-by-step guide with a list of commands on how to install WGet on macOS using Homebrew.

What is wget?

“GNU Wget is a computer program that retrieves content from web servers. Its name derives from World Wide Web and get. It supports downloading via HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP. Wget is developed in an open fashion, most of the design decisions typically being discussed on the public mailing list followed by users and developers.” ~ Wikipedia

What is Homebrew?

Homebrew is a free and open-source software package management system that simplifies the installation of software on Apple’s macOS operating system. It is known as the missing package manager for macOS.

Quick Commands

The following is the single command required to install wget on macOS using Homebrew.

$ brew install wget

Brew Commands

This section provides a quick set of commands on how to install WGet on macOS using Homebrew. It is assumed that Homebrew is already installed. If not, please follow this link.

$ brew update             # Fetch latest version of homebrew and formula.
$ brew search wget        # Searches all known formulae for a partial or exact match.
$ brew info wget          # Displays information about the given formulae.
$ brew install wget       # Install the given formulae.
$ brew cleanup            # Remove any older versions from the cellar.


Congratulations! You have successfully installed WGet on macOS making use of Homebrew. Follow me on any of the different social media platforms and feel free to leave comments.