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curl vs Wget

The main differences as I (Daniel Stenberg) see them. Please consider my bias towards curl since after all, curl is my baby - but I contribute to Wget as well.

Please let me know if you have other thoughts or comments on this document.

File issues or pull-requests if you find problems or have improvements.

What both commands do

How they differ



Additional Stuff

Some have argued that I should compare uploading capabilities with wput, but that's a separate tool/project and I don't include that in this comparison.

Two other capable tools with similar feature set include aria2 and axel (dead project?) - try them out!

For a stricter feature by feature comparison (that also compares other similar tools), see the curl comparison table


Feedback and improvements by: Micah Cowan, Olemis Lang

Updated: December 10, 2018 15:15 (Central European, Stockholm Sweden)