Download files via command line
By Mike Street
I recently purchased a Western Digital EX2 NAS box for my home storage. This device is a low powered file server which is on all the time - perfect for taking care of those hefty downloads and long running tasks so I don't need to keep my laptop on.
If you want to get your WD NAS to download a file, you can log into the admin interface and find the HTTP downloads section - however, this didn't seem to work for me as the file I wanted to download was dynamically generated and didn't have a standard file extension.
Knowing the download would take a few hours (and not needing it immediately) I set my low powered NAS to do the lifting for me.
First step is to ensure SSH is enabled (and make sure you have a little command line experience for this next bit...)
SSH into your box and
My "Share" is called Media and the folder was called Downloads - so this is where I navigated to.
The command line application we're going to use is
wget. This is an application found on most Linux based computers - so if you get used to this, you can learn a lot. If it's not installed, you can install it via Homebrew or
$ wget --no-check-certificate -b -i "[url]"
[url] part is the path to your file. Make sure the
url is wrapped in quotes
". A break down of what is going on here:
wget- this is the application actually doing the "getting"
--no-check-certificate- this skips the certificate check (helpful if downloading from another WD My Cloud)
-b- this sets the process in the background - meaning you can exit out of the shell session or do other things without having to interrupt
-i- this is the flag for specifying the input file
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