Download a file and uncompress it while it downloads

wget http://URL/FILE.tar.gz -O - | tar xfz -
This will uncompress the file while it's being downloaded which makes it much faster

2011-01-18 12:17:16

What Others Think

If you drop the f (file) flag to tar you don't need the - to specify stdin, so it could be shortened a bit to wget http://URL/FILE.tar.gz -O- | tar xz Or you could use curl which outputs to stdout by default: curl http://URL/FILE.tar.gz | tar xz
tremby · 522 weeks and 3 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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