How to Download Oracle Software Using WGET or CURL

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This is yet another blog post with tips and tricks to help you (and me) download Oracle software without the help of a Web browser. If you Google “how to download Oracle with wget” you’ll find heaps of posts with useful tips.

I decided to write this post to compile the methods I’m aware of in a single page for future easy reference.

If you have anything to complement this information, please let me know and I’ll update the post with it!

Please note that the methods described below may work for some of the Oracle sites but not others. For each method, I list the sites that are known to work with it. I’ve tested the methods with the following sites:

  • Oracle Technology Network (OTN)
  • Oracle eDelivery
  • My Oracle Support (MOS)

Method 1: Use the download URL

Works with: OTN, eDelivery and MOS

I came across this method recently while googling for a blog post like this one. Google pointed in the direction of a video by David Ghedini demonstrating a very simple way to download files from Oracle.

This method is very easy to use and the simplest way to download a single file since it doesn’t require exporting and copying cookies to the server. For multiple files, though, method 2 below may be a better option.

Please watch David Ghedini’s video for details on using this method.

It consists of initiating the download using your computer’s browser, pausing the download and copying the download URL, which contains the authentication token in it.
With this URL you can download the file from the remote server using one of the following commands:

wget "download_url" -O file_name
curl "
download_url" -o file_name

Method 2: Export cookies

Works with: OTN, eDelivery and MOS

This method requires exporting the cookies from you browser to a file and copying that file to the remote server, so that we can use it for the download. The cookies file contains your session’s authentication token as well as the confirmation of the EULA acceptance.

This is a handy method when you have to download multiple files at once.

To use this method it’s necessary to have a tool to export the cookies from the Web browser to a text file. If you don’t already have one, I’d suggest one of the browser extensions below:

After installing the extension(s) above on the browser of your choice, follow the steps below:

  1. Initiate the download of the file you want (if downloading multiple files, you just need to do this for the first one)
  2. Once the download is initiated, cancel it.
  3. Export the cookies to a file (call it cookies.txt)
    If you’re using one of the extensions suggested above, this is how you do it:

    • On Firefox: click on Tools -> “Export cookies…” and save the file
    • On Chrome: click on the “cookies.txt export” icon in the toolbar (the icon is a blue “C” with an arrow inside), select the entire contents of the cookies and paste it into a text file.
  4. Copy the cookies.txt file to your remote server.
  5. Download the files you want with one of the following commands:

    wget --load-cookies=./cookies.txt --no-check-certificate "file_url" -O file_name
    curl --location --cookie
    ./cookies.txt --insecure "file_url" -o file_name

Multiple files can be downloaded using the same cookies.txt file. The cookies are valid for 30 minutes and the download must be initiated during that period. After that you’ll have to repeat the process to re-export the cookies.

Method 3: Basic Authentication

Works with: MOS

My Oracle Support (MOS) accepts Basic Authentication when downloading files. If you have a valid MOS account you can download files simply by executing the following:

wget [email protected] --ask-password "file_url" -O file_name
curl --user [email protected] --cookie-jar cookie-jar.txt --location-trusted "
file_url" -o file_name

Last but not least: Verify your downloads!

Regardless of the method you use, it’s good practice to verify the digest of the downloaded files to ensure they are indeed the original files and haven’t been tampered with.

The Oracle download sites always provide digests for the available files in the form of checksums, SHA-1 or MD5 hashes. To verify that the downloaded files are ok, simply execute the corresponding command, as shown in the examples below, and compare the output string with the value shown on the download site:

For checksum:

[[email protected] test]$ cksum
4109851411 3710976

For MD5:

[[email protected] test]$ md5sum

For SHA-1:

[[email protected] test]$ sha1sum

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About the Author

DBA since 1998, having worked with Oracle from version 7.3.4 to the latest one. Working at Pythian since 2009.

25 Comments. Leave new

Yury Velikanov
November 11, 2013 6:10 pm

Thanks for putting this great summary posts for us Andre. I hope you will keep updating it as as soon as the download options change :)

André Araújo
November 20, 2013 5:42 pm

Thanks, Yury!


Hi, Thanks for the post .
everything worked fine . but at last sent 403 Forbidden error ..

here the SSH txt.
***** [~/public_html/archive]# wget –load-cookies=./cookies.txt –no-check-certificate -O jre-7u45-windows-i586.exe
–2013-11-18 11:27:20–
Connecting to||:80… connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 403 Forbidden
2013-11-18 11:27:20 ERROR 403: Forbidden.


André Araújo
November 20, 2013 5:44 pm

Hi, Ramamoorthy,

please ensure your authentication with the Oracle site is recent to avoid expiration of the cookies. Which method did you use to export the cookies?

Also, please ensure you surround the URL with double-quotes in the command line to avoid problems.

Let me know how it goes.



Hi..There’s also an extension in Firefox name “cliget”.When you add that extension to your browser and when you download a file in firefox, on the save as dialog box, there will be a text box with complete script to download that file to your server.
Just copy and paste the script to your server to get that file.

André Araújo
November 20, 2013 5:45 pm

Thanks for the suggestion, Augustine.


Excelent post!!!

André Araújo
November 20, 2013 5:46 pm

Thanks for the feedback, Andraly!


Thanks, That was brilliant… :-)


Thank you. Cookie is the best thing. I did bit more since I need to download 45 files. Hope this helps others.

1. Log into
2. Search for the software that you need and select to get list of files
3. View source, select all and copy it to source.txt
4. cat source.txt |grep file_id |grep href |awk -F\> ‘{print $2}’ |awk ‘{print $5}’ (All files)
5. append wget –load-cookies=./cookie.txt –no-check-certificate ” to the source.txt
6. Export cookie from chrome/firefox as described above.
7. cat get.txt |awk ‘{print $4}’|awk -F\& ‘{print $6}’|awk -F\= ‘{print $2}’|sed “s/\”//g” > get1.txt (This will give only file name)
8. paste get.txt get1.txt >
9. nohup ksh ./ & (files will be downloaded to local directory)


I just could not make wget work. Here is an example below: When I do this, it will create the output file, but the output file has html errors. When I tried to copy the URL in the browser, I received the error (invalid parameters). Did anybody else run into this? Could it be possible that Oracle disabled this method of download?

wget –[email protected] –ask-password “” -O


Please can share how to do this on Windows environment.


Awesome post… very much useful


This is wonderful post. Thank you.

While using option 3 I get the error “Location: [following]” which in turn says I have to accept terms and conditions.

how to do that? Any suggestions?


I’m not sure when it happened, but if you log-on to edelivery and after you’ve selected your files, it now gives you an option to download a wget script that you can use to download the packages. Very useful!


The problem is that the token in the wget file is changing everyday. It’s not convenient to share the script for later builds.


OTN – does not work


Sounds strange, I am downloading XE18c using method #1 right now


Great tip, thank you!

Gerrit Haase
June 24, 2019 9:04 am

It is a pity, that Oracle seems to be not willing to pro vide an option to download all the stuff like patches from MOS with basic authentication.


[email protected]:/opt# wget –[email protected] –ask-password “” -O jdk8
–2020-09-15 12:45:38–
Resolving (…
Connecting to (||:443… connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 403 Forbidden
2020-09-15 12:45:38 ERROR 403: Forbidden.
I am getting 403 error can anyone help me regarding this


Works in Linux

1. Get the url from the download page from Oracle site and substitute the url in step 3.

export MOS_USERNAME=”[email protected]
export COOKIE_FILE=”mycookie.txt”

2. Get cookie file — Use this if you use proxy server to connect to Oracle sites.
wget -e use_proxy=yes -e -e –secure-protocol=auto –save-cookies=”$COOKIE_FILE” –keep-session-cookies –http-user “$MOS_USERNAME” –ask-password “”

Use this if you can connect to Oracle sites without proxy
wget –secure-protocol=auto –save-cookies=”$COOKIE_FILE” –keep-session-cookies –http-user “$MOS_USERNAME” –ask-password “”

3. Use the cookie file and download the patch using curl

curl -x –user ${MOS_USERNAME} –progress-bar –show-error –verbose –cookie-jar ${COOKIE_FILE} –location-trusted “” -o

use this if you can connect to Oracle sites without proxy

curl –user ${MOS_USERNAME} –progress-bar –show-error –verbose –cookie-jar ${COOKIE_FILE} –location-trusted “” -o

4. Perform integrity check and compare against the one that is in oracle download site.
example: sha256sum


Very useful, Thank you.


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