When to use curl and when to use wget

Hi KK Team,

I have some confusion on the commands being used while downloading the packages, some times i see we use curl and some times wget.

My question is always can i use the curl command as this is more powerful command while downloading the packages.

Best Regards
sunil kirangi

Hello @SunilKirangi,
The main differences are:

  • wget 's major strong side compared to curl is its ability to download recursively.
  • wget is command line only. There‚Äôs no lib or anything, but curl 's features are powered by libcurl.
  • curl supports FTP , FTPS , HTTP , HTTPS , SCP , SFTP , TFTP , TELNET , DICT , LDAP , LDAPS , FILE , POP3 , IMAP , SMTP , RTMP and RTSP . wget supports HTTP , HTTPS and FTP .
  • curl builds and runs on more platforms than wget .
  • wget is released under a free software copyleft license (the GNU GPL). curl is released under a free software permissive license (a MIT derivate).
  • curl offers upload and sending capabilities. wget only offers plain HTTP POST support.

Thank you for your explanation and this really helps to understand the difference between these two commands

Sunil Kirangi