Downloading a pdf file from the internet using Command Line on your Mac
January 30th, 2018
Since I have already written a post about zipping and unzipping directories on a Mac using the Command Line, I thought I would take that track a step further by talking about how to download a pdf file from the internet using the
Command Line on your Mac. I will also discuss where it ends up relative to where you are.
I will use a simple example that I actually learned from to demonstrate this. If there is a specific pdf file you want to download, please feel free to replace my web address and filename with yours.
The following command in Terminal (
iTerm2) will download the
pdf file called
sample.pdf from the
curl -O http://www.blazemonger.com/sample.pdf
-O option consists of an
alphabetical capital O and not a
command will download the file into the directory you are currently in. So if you are on your
Command Line, it will download the file there. If you are in one of your project
root directories, it will download it there. If you are in asubdirectory of one of your project directories, it will download it there. So be aware of where you currently are on your computer! You can check this by typing the
pwd command in your Terminal before you execute the
curl -O command. This ensures that you are already in the directory where you want to include the pdf!
Happy pdf downloading!