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Download Full Websites with wget

I often find downloading the website I am examining helpful during my pen-testing activities. This involves saving a copy of the website's files and content onto my local machine, allowing me to analyze the site more thoroughly and identify potential . By downloading the site, I can also perform offline tests and experiments without the risk of affecting the live site. All in all, downloading a website is a valuable technique that helps me better understand the site's structure, functionality, and security posture.

When downloading files and content from the internet, using the command-line tool wget is much easier. As a frequent user of Kali , I rely heavily on the terminal and find that using wget is a fast and efficient way to download files without opening a browser or using a GUI application. With Wget, I can easily specify the URL of the file I want to download, and it will automatically start the download process and save it to my local machine. This saves me much time and hassle, especially when downloading multiple files or large amounts of data. Overall, wget is a reliable and powerful tool that I highly recommend to anyone who frequently downloads content from the internet, particularly those who prefer to work in a command-line environment.

This is how I do it:

  1. Open your terminal or command prompt.
  2. Use the following command to download the entire website:
  3. wget –recursive –convert-links –backup-converted –page-requisites –level=inf –adjust-extension -U “Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; NT 5.1; SV1)” -p –mirror –html-extension –convert-links [^1^][1]
  4. Let's break down what each option does:
    1. –recursive: Specifies how many subdirectories of the site's assets you want to retrieve (since assets like are often kept in subdirectories of the site). The default maximum depth to search for assets is 5 subdirectories, but you can modify this with the –level flag.
    2. –convert-links: Updates site links to work as files within subdirectories on your local machine (for viewing locally).
    3. –page-requisites: Downloads all the files necessary to correctly display a given HTML page, including , CSS, JS, etc.
    4. –adjust-extension: Preserves proper file extensions for .html, .css, and other assets.
    5. –span-hosts: Includes necessary assets from offsite as well.
    6. –restrict-file-names=: Modifies filenames to work in systems.
    7. –domains yoursite.com: Do not follow links outside this domain.
    8. –no-parent: Don't follow links outside the directory you pass in.

Reminder: replace [yourwebsite.com] with the website URL you want to download.

This command will create a directory containing the website's content, including , scripts, and other assets. You can explore the downloaded content locally. Remember to adjust the options based on your specific requirements and the size of the target site.

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