If you are looking for an alternative to wget or curl command-line tools to download files from the web, I suggest that you try HTTPie. It is a  command line HTTP client that will easily download your favorite files from the internet.

HTTPie can be used like wget , but its output is well formatted and colorized:

HTTPie is a cross-pltform tool, but here we will only see how to install it under Ubuntu/Linux Mint distros.

HTTPie Installation

Open the terminal and run this command to install HTTPie:

sudo apt-get install httpie

If you cannot install HTTPie using the command above, try to install it using these commands for 64-bit Systems:

cd /tmp  
wget https://goo.gl/DhZejK -O httpie_0.8.0-1_arm64.deb 
sudo dpkg -i --force-depends httpie_0.8.0-1_arm64.deb 
sudo apt-get -f install

For 32-bit Systems, install HTTPie with these commands:

cd /tmp 
wget https://goo.gl/vWS9zf -O httpie_0.8.0-1_i386.deb 
sudo dpkg -i --force-depends httpie_0.8.0-1_i386.deb 
sudo apt-get -f install

HTTPie Usage

You can simply start the download of any file from the web by writing this:

http --download LinkToFile

Here is an example:

http --download http://gimp.galaxyverge.com/pub/gimp/v2.8/gimp-2.8.0.tar.bz2

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