I downloaded a website using:

wget -c --mirror -p http://www.somewebsite.com

for offline viewing and I just remembered that I forgot the --convert-links option! They are all on my hard drive right now. Is there a way to do --convert-links without redownloading the whole website?


2 Answers 2


Straightforward one: serve local directory with something like SimpleHTTPServer, then re-wget from localhost with appropriate options.

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    Quite a good idea, why the down vote?
    – phunehehe
    Feb 14, 2011 at 9:32
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    I should add that one shout edit /etc/hosts to fake localhost as the website being mirrored. And this will only work well if the links all point to the same webpage (i.e no hot-linked images).
    – phunehehe
    Feb 14, 2011 at 9:34
  • What is SimpleHTTPServer? Is it the Python module? If so, can you show how to use it (so I can revoke my careless downvote).
    – tshepang
    Feb 14, 2011 at 13:01
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    @Tshepang Yes Python is pretty awesome with the huge load of modules :) SimpleHTTPServer is my favorite
    – phunehehe
    Feb 14, 2011 at 15:10
  • @phunehehe That's very clever. If the local files link to remote files, I don't think the answer would work without your idea. As long as you have downloaded the remote files locally, your idea will work as expected. Mar 24 at 22:52

Also, don't forget to use the option --timestamping, or add timestamping=on to "~/.wgetrc". It ensures that when you re-mirror the website, you don't re-download the whole website, but only changed/new files. See the section Time-Stamping in manpage of wget for more.

FWIW I use this to mirror my blog:

wget --mirror --adjust-extension --convert-links --no-cookies --timestamping http://example.com --output-file=log-blog

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