I know this has been asked here: How do I download from SourceForge with wget?

But I can't get it to work with my specific tool.

Can anyone help me download from this sourceforge link:


using wget I'm trying to install this on a cluster and cannot for the life of me get a download link to work. I keep trying variations of the following:

wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/skewer/files/latest/download/benchmark1-arabidopsis.thaliana-scripts.tar.gz

But all that I keep getting is just an html file or some other stuff

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    hope you not just trying to increase downloads XD
    – lese
    Oct 27, 2015 at 20:18

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It works fine using the direct download, you can also rename file with -O parameter

wget 'http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/skewer/Binaries/skewer-0.1.127-linux-x86_64?r=&ts=1445976044&use_mirror=netix' -O skewer-0.1.127-linux-x86_64
  • But when I do this it still isn't downloading the directory that contains the actual scripts. It just downloads an unreadable file. Were you able to download the actual directory? Thanks.
    – dshvets
    Oct 29, 2015 at 18:20
  • it is not a directory, it is an executable. And I obtain the same file too if I download it "manually", and too if I use the above wget command. The executable have the same size, and approximatively, the same content. Then for me the command works well.
    – lese
    Oct 29, 2015 at 21:13

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