wget not working on django droplet

I have a backups directory, and I want to pull files from there using wget. But every time I try, I get 404.

When I try using wget, there is no new entry in the nginx error or access logs.

In the /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default file, I turned on auto index (I added “autoindex on;”):


location /backups {
    alias /home/django/django_project/django_project/backups;
    autoindex on;

After doing that, I got a directory listing in my browser, and I could download the file by saving from there.

I do not want the directory to have a publicly accessible listing – I only want to download the files via wget.

How do I enable wget downloads?



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I changed locations, and now, in the new location, wget is not working.

To recap, I want to wget files from a backups directory on the server to my local machine. In August, it was working. But I have since changed locations. Now, from my local machine in the new location, wget is not working, I get 404 Not Found. If I turn autoindex on, I can display the directory using a browser on my local machine, but only if I use the IP address, not the URL site name. I did this to troubleshoot, as I do not normally want the directory to display, I only want to download files using wget. So autoindex is now off.

I would appreciate some assistance to get wget working, thanks,

Hi @netvigator,

Wait, first, let me know please from where you are running your Wget command to where?

Additionally, do disable directory listing in Nginx, you need to add the following :

autoindex off;

Inside your location blocks. Basically, like that:

server {
        listen 80 default_server;
        listen [::]:80 default_server;
        root /var/www/html;
        index index.html index.htm index.nginx-debian.html;
        server_name _;
        location / {
autoindex off;
                try_files $uri $uri/ =404;

That should do it.

Waiting for a bit more clarification on the other part of the question.