Daniel - October 12, 2020
Are you looking for the best proxies for Wget? Read on!
Proxies act as an intermediary between your browsing device and the website or online platform that you intend to access. They send and receive data/requests on your behalf.
There are many use cases of proxies with several web applications and software systems.
Nevertheless, this post is about the best proxies for Wget. But, before we get started, let’s answer the basic question – what is Wget?
To start with, you shouldn’t use free proxies with Wget; the majority of them are unreliable and will sell out your private details. However, premium proxies are best and you can get them from ProxyRack.
Moreover, ProxyRack offers HTTPS and Socks Proxies and there are two types – Residential and Datacenter proxies.
Here are proxies that work with Wget:
Unmetered Residential Proxies: starting from $80
Premium GEO Residential Proxies: starting from $14.95
Private Residential Proxies: starting from $99.95
USA Rotating Datacenter Proxies: starting from $120
Mixed Rotating Datacenter Proxies: starting from $120
Shared Datacenter Proxies: starting from $49
Any of these proxy types – residential or datacenter – would work for Wget, but I would recommend residential proxies as the best.
Residential proxies get their IP address from ISPs. Any customer of that Internet Service would normally use these real IP addresses. As a result, they are not easily detected and that means they are not easily blocked. A private residential proxy would be of more advantage.
Wget (formally GNU Wget) is an application used for retrieving files off the internet. It is free to use and supports major internet protocols such as HTTP, FTP, HTTPS, and FTPS. The software was developed by Hrvoje Nikisic, but it is currently managed by Giuseppe Scrivano, Tim Rühsen, and Darshit Shah.
Thankfully, Wget is a versatile tool. You can use Wget for web scraping and file downloading. In addition, you can completely mirror website directories and resume canceled downloads. Not to mention, it is a cross-platform application that can be used on MS Windows, Mac OS, HP-UX, MorphOS, OpenVMS, etc.
As a command-line application, Widget is a bit complicated to use, which makes it infamous despite its functionality. Nevertheless, it has extensive documentation for newbies. Furthermore, it is open-source software, so you can download the source code and customize it if you are a developer.
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Aside from the fact that Wget natively supports proxies, you will need proxies with Wget because of its command-line interface.
For instance, you can use Wget for downloading single files, multiple files, files in the background, continuing an incomplete download, and web scraping in general. These commands are executed automatically, without user interference; hence, they are bot activities.
Many websites are against bot access and will block your IP address once it is detected. Additionally, several websites are against web scraping. You will also be blocked if detected and worse; some websites can sue you if they can identify you in person.
However, when you make use of a proxy, you are saved and protected from all of these. With a proxy, your IP address is hidden and replaced with a new one, generated from a web server.
If your Wget code is detected and your IP address is blocked, there is no way the connection can be traced to your true location. Furthermore, you can always switch your IP address to a new one if the previous one gets blocked.
Another reason you would need a proxy for web scraping or file downloading with Wget is speed. Proxy servers are faster than your regular ISP and as a result, you can complete your tasks quicker.
There you go! The best proxies for Wget.
Wget is a multi-purpose command-line software. If you want to use the software to scrape or download data off the web, using a proxy is necessary to keep your private details safe and to prevent you from being blocked. I have pointed out the best proxies for Wget in this post which are residential proxies.
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