Using wget to download AIX patches

First, you will need to install wget on your AIX server.


  1. Browse to
  2. Search for wget
  3. Click the RPM link
  4. And it downloads the file:  wget-1.9.1-1.aix5.1.ppc.rpm
  5. Move this to your repository or home AIX machine on which you can as root install this package. Or you can directly download it using
  6. Run: rpm -Uvh wget-1.9.1-1.aix5.1.ppc.rpm


Now you can use wget to download AIX patches.


Assume your patches are located at

On the AIX server, go into the repository where you want to hold the patches and run wget at background.

# cd /export/nim/patches/IV22602
# wget -b -o /tmp/IV22602_download.log -nd -r --retr-symlinks

-b, --background go to background after startup.
-o, --output-file=FILE log messages to FILE.
-nd, --no-directories don't create directories.
-r, --recursive recursive download.

Check the log file later to make sure the download is completed successfuly.

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