Use Wget as a download manager in Internet Explorer

I never have liked download managers. Sure, they’re cool. Sure they do a lot of nifty things, but they seem like such a hassle. I know, how hard can it be to click ’save file with <download manager>’ and then go that that window and watch the downloads come in.


It’s not that it’s difficult, or that it takes time, it’s that the interfaces all seem so…busy. There’s a lot of text boxes to fill out if you want to, there’s a bunch of option menus you can filter through, there’s just a lot of stuff you can do. I’m all for geeking out with a cool application, but it seems to me that I don’t need all those extras to simply download a file.


Enter wget. For those of you that don’t know, wget is a unix utlity that allows you to download files from the internet straight from the command line. In fact, it does a whole lot more than that, check this page out for more information. Anyway, even though I have a download manager installed I sometimes find myself right clicking on a link, copying the URL and then pasting it into a command line with wget to download the file. That seems like much more work than using a download manager doesn’t it? Yeah, I guess so. So I suppose what it really boils down to is that I like wget.


So today I decided that I wanted to be able to right click on a file in Internet Explorer and download a file with wget directly instead of having to copy/paste the URL, use a download manager, or even worse: use Internet Explorer’s built in downloader that does not support resume and doesn’t even warn you when downloads aren’t completed properly.


Head over to my downloads section to see what I came up with and give it a try. If it works for you, drop me a line and let me know. I’d love to hear about it. And if it doesn’t work, definitely contact me and I’ll see if I can fix it so that it does.

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