How to install wget on your Mac#
Ok, so Mac is cool and stuff, but it doesn't come with
wget by default, which in my opinion sucks.
wget is a very useful tool and is used for downloading installation files among other stuff; it ought to be there on your Mac.
wget on Mac OS X is pretty easy, so worry not. Just follow my instructions. Before that make sure you have a C/C++ compiler on your system, if you have XCode, you are all set and ready.
The first step, of course, is downloading the
wget source code. We'll have to use our browser to download that since we don't have
wget yet. Get the
wget source from http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/wget/, scroll down for the latest version. The latest version as of writing this post is wget-1.13.tar.gz.
Once you have downloaded the source, unarchive it using Archive Utility (just double-click the downloaded file to get a new folder which looks like
wget-1.13). Now open a terminal,
wget-1.13 directory, and do the following:
$ ./configure ... $ make install
There you! Now you have
wget installed on your Mac. Confirm it this way.
$ wget http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/wget/wget-1.13.tar.gz
wget fail to install because of some dependencies? Maybe you wanna go a less hardcore but very easy way, and manage all the packages on your system using Homebrew instead. Installing wget using Homebrew is as easy as doing this:
$ brew install wget
Homebrew is highly recommended for managing the UNIX packages on your Mac. I could have straightaway told you the Homebrew way but you'd have missed some valuable lessons if I did. The instructions for installing Homebrew can be found here. Get it!