How to Install wget on CentOS 5.7

wget is a popular command-line tool used for downloading files from the internet. It is commonly used for downloading large files, downloading entire websites, and downloading files in the background. If you are using CentOS 5.7, wget may not be installed by default.

[root@CentOS57 ~]# wget
-bash: wget: command not found

In this guide, we will show you how to install wget on CentOS 5.7.

Step 1: Connect to your server

Connect to your server via SSH as a user with root privileges.

Step 2: Update the system

Before installing wget, it is recommended to update the system to ensure that you have the latest security updates and bug fixes. Run the following command to update the system:

yum update

Step 3: Install wget

To install wget on CentOS 5.7, run the following command:

yum install wget

The yum package manager will download and install wget and any dependencies.

[root@CentOS57 ~]# yum install wget
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * base:
 * extras:
 * updates:
base                                                                         | 1.1 kB     00:00
extras                                                                       | 2.1 kB     00:00
updates                                                                      | 1.9 kB     00:00
updates/primary_db                                                           | 480 kB     00:03
Setting up Install Process
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package wget.i386 0:1.11.4-2.el5_4.1 set to be updated
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

 Package             Arch                Version                          Repository           Size
 wget                i386                1.11.4-2.el5_4.1                 base                582 k

Transaction Summary
Install       1 Package(s)
Upgrade       0 Package(s)

Total download size: 582 k
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Downloading Packages:
wget-1.11.4-2.el5_4.1.i386.rpm                                               | 582 kB     00:04
Running rpm_check_debug
Running Transaction Test
Finished Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
  Installing     : wget                                                                         1/1

  wget.i386 0:1.11.4-2.el5_4.1


Step 4: Verify installation

To verify that wget has been installed correctly, run the following command:

wget --version

This will display the version of wget installed on your system.

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Step 5: Test wget

To test wget, you can use it to download a file from the internet. For example, to download a file from a website, run the following command:


Replace “” with the URL of the file you want to download. This will download the file to the current directory.


In this guide, we have shown you how to install wget on CentOS 5.7. Wget is a useful command-line tool for downloading files from the internet, and it can be used for a variety of tasks. By following the steps in this guide, you should be able to install wget on your CentOS 5.7 server and start using it to download files.


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