How to find out the real download URL on download sites that use redirects


Let's say I want to download something with wget but the website that has the files I need redirects to a site which automatically chooses a mirror for me (and there's no static file URL provided).

Downloading from such sites works with Firefox, but how do I get real url (not only the link to the redirect page) so I could download these files with wget?

Best Answer

When you've started the transfer in Firefox, cancel it, and right click the download and hit "Copy download link". If you're using an older version, right click it and click on "Properties", and the link will be in the window which opens.

In Chrome - run download as normal - then go to Menu - Downloads - and you should see the direct link which was used. Or press Ctrl + J to open the window.