How to use wget to download files from Onedrive? (and batch files and entire folders, if possible)

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    Please take a look at superuser.com/questions/833199/… "In Office 365 how do I get a direct download link for an Excel document stored in One Drive for Business?" to see if that answers your question. – steve Aug 17 '15 at 16:08
  • But is necessary subscripted account in Office365. – charles Aug 17 '15 at 16:48
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    Use the OneDrive client that someone has kindly written for Linux ? github.com/xybu/onedrive-d-old – steve Aug 17 '15 at 16:53
  • Try to download the file to your browser, while the download is running, right click and 'copy download link'. If you are lucky you can wget that link. – Baazigar Aug 17 '15 at 18:33
  • I try Onedrive-d, but couldn't do 'get' work. Really by copying link to file and put in 'wget', it works, thank you. – charles Aug 17 '15 at 20:12

Update on APRIL 2021: It looks like this solution NO LONGER WORKS WITH ONEDRIVE FOR BUSINESS.

There is one way that works for me (based on How to Make Direct Link of OneDrive Files)

  1. Right-click on the file you are interested in download (from web interface), and choose Embed.

  2. Press "Generate HTML code to embed this file".

  3. Copy the part contained in the "" of src is your link. This will look like <https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=6EBB03E38A53ED3E& resid=6EBB03E38A53ED3E%21116&authkey=AC4lDqtLG8LqfiA>.

  4. Replace embed with download. This will look like https://onedrive.live.com/download?cid=6EBB03E38A53ED3E&resid=6EBB03E38A53ED3E%21116&authkey=AC4lDqtLG8LqfiA.

  5. Feed it to wget using following syntax (the quotes are required):

     wget --no-check-certificate "https://onedrive.live.com/download?cid=6EBB03E38A53ED3E&resid=6EBB03E38A53ED3E%21116&authkey=AC4lDqtLG8LqfiA"
  6. Enjoy.

  • Ok, now everything is in one place) – Fedorov7890 Feb 13 '17 at 21:58
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    One must not forget to put the link in "" in wget. I did and it didn't work. – Dushyant Bangal Mar 8 '17 at 9:58
  • @Fedorov7890 It doesn't work. I tried to download a folder. – Porcupine Sep 5 '18 at 9:13
  • It works for files only – Porcupine Sep 5 '18 at 9:31
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    I don't see "embed" when I right-click on files or folders. – srcerer Mar 8 at 18:45

Using Chrome (but Firefox will probably also work).

  1. Open DevTools
  2. Click the Download button.
  3. Download but cancel immediately
  4. Open the 'Network' tab in DevTools. Search for 'Zip?authKey=' in DevTools and open it (click). This is a POST request.
  5. Click 'View source' to the right of 'Form data' at the bottom.
  6. Construct the command as follows:


wget --post-data='<raw form data>' '<Download URL>'


wget --post-data='resIds=xxx&canary=yyy&authkey=zzz' 'https://cid--foobar.users.storage.live.com/downloadfiles/V1/Zip?authKey=zzz'

This even works on a different host (with a different IP address).

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    A simpler variation on this (using Firefox) is: Tools->Web Developer->Network. Find 'Zip?authKey=', right click on it and 'Copy as cURL'. Copy-paste into the command line and add '-o /path/to/some/file'. Of course this uses cURL instead of wget, but for this purpose they function identically – happyskeptic Dec 25 '17 at 4:41
  • @happyskeptic So convenient! It also works on Chrome! – zhenbo xu Dec 9 '20 at 3:16
  • And how to do it automatically if there’s 100000 files to share? – user2284570 Apr 13 at 23:19

generate a sharing link and append "&download=1" to the end of it.

e.g. if the link is "https://some.host/:z:/x/personal/some_user/123456asdf?e=12345"


wget "https://some.host/:z:/x/personal/some_user/123456asdf?e=12345&download=1"
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    THIS! is the easiest way and it works. – Stefan Seidel Dec 2 '19 at 9:38
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    doesn't work anymore :( – Freedo May 30 '20 at 7:55
  • This answer needs more upvotes and should be the selected answer. Especially since OneDrive doesnt offer the embed option for business accounts! – amartin94 Apr 13 at 2:59
  • Works only for publicly exposed files, but great solution! – Gokul NC May 28 at 17:15

Also, we can use CurlWget I already tried on OneDrive and Google Drive


If you are looking to download an entire publicly shared folder (without auth!): OneDeath

It uses wget to do some API calls and will then recursively download files. Bonus: sha1 checks of finished files.

Sharepoint is now also supported, but it's a little trickier (it currently fetches more files from a drive than what is shown by the link). A major problem was a slightly different API structure and the fact that the session token expires after 1h, but it's solved too. They also appear to have some rate-limiting in place, so don't start too many parallel downloads.

The script can extract ready-to-use wget commands using the -w parameter.

PS: If you are interested to know more about the web API, I will give a run down of the process.

  • the best answer :) – Freedo May 30 '20 at 22:09
  1. Open the link in web interface like Chrome.
  2. Click "Download" on the top left.
  3. At the bottom, click "Show All".
  4. Find the downloading or downloaded file, right click the long link and click "Copy Link Address".
  5. wget the long address in command line.
  • probably the only one working way to download some shared files if you don't want to install additional tools or bring the python code to extract objects – cyberbolt Dec 10 '20 at 13:26
  • @Hayden and how to do this if automatically if there’s 100000 files to share? – user2284570 Apr 13 at 23:21
  • @user2284570 Haven't tried that before. Maybe you can try this github.com/abraunegg/onedrive. – Hayden Apr 14 at 18:11
  • @Hayden no I really need to have those bunch of generated links accessible by third party tools. – user2284570 Apr 14 at 21:15

This python SDK (with example) for OneDrive project works (for personal, business, and corporate accounts):


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    The project is deprecated and the api it uses is disabled since 2019. – user2284570 Apr 13 at 23:20

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