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How to Fix wget Connection Refused Error when I’m behind a Proxy

Question: While downloading using wget, I get the following error “Connecting to <URL>.. failed: Connection refused.”. I’m behind a proxy server. How do I fix it?

Answer: Export the http_proxy variable with your proxy server name or ip address and then try downloading as explained below.

Connection refused error while using wget

If http_proxy environment variable is not set, you might receive the following message while downloading files from Internet using wget.

$ wget -O DrawIt.vba.gz http://www.vim.org/scripts/download_script.php?src_id=8798
--12:58:32--  http://www.vim.org/scripts/download_script.php?src_id=8798
           => `DrawIt.vba.gz'
Resolving www.vim.org... 216.34.181.97
Connecting to www.vim.org|216.34.181.97|:80... failed: Connection refused.

Export HTTP_PROXY Variable

Specify your proxy server name (or) ip-address (along with any port number if necessary) in the http_proxy variable as shown below.

$ export http_proxy='proxy_server_ip:8080'

Use colon ( : ) as delimiter between ip/host and port number. Following is an example.

$ export http_proxy='http://myproxy.cmp.com:8080/'

Now, you should be able to download using wget without any issue.

$ wget -O DrawIt.vba.gz http://www.vim.org/scripts/download_script.php?src_id=8798
--12:59:02--  http://www.vim.org/scripts/download_script.php?src_id=8798
           => `DrawIt.vba.gz'
Resolving proxy.sgp.hp.com... 16.158.235.10
Connecting to proxy.sgp.hp.com|16.158.235.10|:8080... connected.
Proxy request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: unspecified [application/octetstream]
    [                                                                        ] 21,668        --.--K/s
12:59:04 (164.19 KB/s) - `DrawIt.vba.gz' saved [21668]

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{ 5 comments… add one }

  • Hector Lara July 23, 2010, 12:03 pm

    Also su can use this configuration for ftp proxy
    export ftp_proxy=’http://myproxy.cmp.com:8080/’

  • Hector Lara July 23, 2010, 12:06 pm

    I forget it you can avoid http_proxy for some local or intranet sites with:
    export no_proxy=localhost,127.0.0.0/8,*.local,*.foo.com,192.168.1.0/24,*.foo.corp.com

  • abanggeh August 5, 2010, 12:42 am

    You can copy wget configuration from /etc/wgetrc to your_home/.wgetrc
    Edit and change http_proxy configuration.

  • Abhijat August 23, 2010, 3:45 pm

    Hi group,
    I have a straight forward question. I have ftp proxy’s link, user id and password. Then I have ftp site’s link, user id and password. Can I have some unix shell script that uses all this information and wget to download the files from the ftp site?
    Thanks very much for your help.

    Abhijat.

  • sudheer October 25, 2012, 11:25 pm

    [root@hostname ~]# wget http://domainname/text.txt
    –2012-10-26 06:13:45– http://domainname/text.txt
    Resolving …
    Connecting to ||:80… failed: Connection timed out.
    Retrying.

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