# wget for links inside html pages

I am trying to download a file from the following repository: https://trace.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Traces/sra/?run=SRR7276474

As you can see, there are several layers to the webpage. For example, clicking on the download tab doesn't change the URL and, the link is not a 'download link' per ce - where simply clicking the link automates a download. I have tried some of the answers on the forum, where they have advised using quotes and the operation: wget "url/?target=link". This however does not work in the following instance.

• Thanks, found it. But doesn't wget https://sra-download.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/traces/sra64/SRZ/007276/SRR7276474/P1TLH.bam work? Feb 4, 2019 at 15:40
• It does! Thank you so much. What is the logic behind it though? Don't quite understand why the original command was not working.. Feb 4, 2019 at 15:45
• Because you weren't using the link to that file, presumably. Wget will download what you tell it to, so you need to tell it to get the target of the link you want. Feb 4, 2019 at 15:48

If you want to download a file, you need to use the link to that file. Your original attempt, wget https://trace.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Traces/sra/?run=SRR7276474 wouldn't work since that's a link to the trace page of the relevant run. If you want to download something else, just right click on the link (the one in the screenshot in your question), copy the URL and use that:

wget https://sra-download.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/traces/sra64/SRZ/007276/SRR7276474/P1TLH.bam


NCBI has its own digger for this purpose. No, my bad the traditional Perl approach of LWP and HTTP::Request::Common to interrogate NCBI, isn't going to work no how much data munging or spider crawling is done, because its just an NGS data dump. ... well its diggable, but it would be easier to dump the data and interrogate it locally.

• Please post the link and an explanation of how to use it, yes. Without it, this isn't really an answer. With it, it would become a very useful answer, much more so than my own. Feb 4, 2019 at 20:16
• Well it obviously isn't! :0) Its in Perl, so no-one understands that now
– M__
Feb 5, 2019 at 17:12
• Oy! Nothing wrong with Perl! Just because these young whippersnappers don't get its beauty, doesn't mean it isn't a great language! Joking apart, please edit the answer so it can stand on its own or just delete and post a comment instead. As you see, it's already attracted a downvote (not mine). Feb 5, 2019 at 17:22
• No, I just didn't get around to doing it and when I get around to it I'll update the post
– M__
Feb 5, 2019 at 17:42