Simply typing http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/romfs/genromfs/0.5.2/genromfs-0.5.2.tar.gz works fine on a browser, but I'm trying to download from a CLI environment with limited utilities.

The following just returns an empty file:

curl http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/romfs/genromfs/0.5.2/genromfs-0.5.2.tar.gz

How do I get genromfs-0.5.2.tar.gz from sourceforge using curl?

3 Answers 3


You can do

curl -L  http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/romfs/genromfs/0.5.2/genromfs-0.5.2.tar.gz > genromfs.tar.gz

to download the file.

The -L tells curl to follow any redirects, which sourceforge normally does.

If wget is available, that would be far simpler.

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    Unfortunately wget wasn't available by default in the live CD I am using.
    – math4tots
    Feb 16, 2012 at 10:54

You have to use -L option, because sourceforge uses redirects to the download location. Try -v switch and you will see headers of requests and answers.


http://sourceforge.net/p/forge/documentation/rsync/ describes how project owners can use rsync to download files.

For example, to download all files from https://sourceforge.net/projects/dvn/files/ I used this:

rsync -avP -e ssh pdurbin,[email protected]:/home/frs/project/d/dv/dvn/ .

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