Resume download with cURL or Wget

cURL and Wget are popular web interface command line utilities that among their many features can resume interrupted or canceled downloads.


Daniel Stenberg’s cURL has a permissive license that has perhaps led it to become very widespread, installed “from the factory” in operating systems from Windows, MacOS, Linux to automobiles and many other embedded systems. cURL’s man page is perhaps best used by text search.

curl -O -C - https://mysite.example


cURL is a library with a command-line frontend, while Wget is a command line tool. Wget’s primary advantage over cURL is that Wget can do recursive downloads.

wget -C htttps://mysite.example