wget is a great tool to make a quick snapshot of a small site. As far as I know (I really hope I just couldn't find it in wget --help), wget can follow well-known HTML URL attributes only, like <a href=..., <img src=... and so on. However, sometimes a particular site might use non-standard attributes that represent real URLs that do not look like URLs for wget. Let' say, if a site has a "static" gallery with zoomed images, a particular image page might have something like this:

<div zoomed_img="/gallery/image.jpg">
    <img src="/gallery/image_small.jpg"/>

Thus, wget ignores the zoomed_img attribute with /gallery/image.jpg. My wget command is:

wget --recursive \
    --domains domain \
    --no-parent \
    --page-requisites \
    --no-clobber \
    --html-extension \
    --convert-links \

Is it possible to make wget follow custom URL HTML attributes?

  • did you try the --follow-tags command ? – Thomas Jan 31 '16 at 9:03
  • @Thomas just checked it. Specifying the div tag explicitly as --follow-tags=a,div,img resulted in the same effect. – Lyubomyr Shaydariv Jan 31 '16 at 9:11

wget (at least 1.16.3) does not allow a user to specify custom attributes. There has been a suggestion to extend the the --follow-tags option with a syntax like --follow-tags=a/href, but nobody followed up on that.

If you do not mind applying a quick hack to wget to support your scenario, see this commit for the work needed to add custom tags or attributes.

Alternatively, you can write a post-processor yourself.

  • Thanks for interesting links. Yes, I've checked out the latest wget source code, and wget seems to have nothing related to custom attributes (my wget version is As far as I understand C code, html_url.c and wget, --follow-tags is an intersection filter against interesting_tags initially filled with known_tags (thus there could be no way to add new tags? -- probably that was a reason why the suggestion was not followed up). I'll try to add the div/zoomed_img pair myself. Regarding post-processor: unfortunately I was looking for a Windows-friendly solution too. – Lyubomyr Shaydariv Jan 31 '16 at 12:25
  • I would like to accept this answer, as it really reveals that wget is unable to fulfill the request. I had the same idea of patching wget, and I just added TAG_DIV, and registered it in known_tags and tag_url_attributes locally. The local version of wget mirrored all I needed. Just 3 lines of code is not a big issue. I wish I could know C enough to add the support for tag/attribute pairs myself. – Lyubomyr Shaydariv Feb 1 '16 at 9:48

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