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Re: st: download a file from a secure website

From   Andrew Dyck <>
Subject   Re: st: download a file from a secure website
Date   Fri, 4 Feb 2011 11:20:08 -0800

I have not tried this from within stata but I've used wget to download
data from password protected sites using wget's --http-user=USER and
--http-passwd=PASS options.

If you have wget (and the other unixutils) installed, try looking at
the wget help file for more info by typing:

wget --help

in the windows terminal. There is a lot there that I didn't go over in my post.

Also, as the Stata blog pointed out, it's probably best to use
commands native to Stata where possible (-copy-, -unzipfile-) rather
than the method outlined in my post. But, to my knowledge Stata's
-copy- cannot be used with https as you've seen.


On Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 11:03 AM, Dimitriy V. Masterov
<> wrote:
> Is there a way to download a file from a secure website using Stata?
> I tried copy "https://www.XYZ..."; data.txt, but that generates an
> unknown network protocol error.
> I also tried using wget as described here
> (,
> but that method appears to fail for any sort of website.
> I am using Stata 11.1 on 64-bit Windows 7. I use a proxy to access the
> internet.
> I am not doing anything shady if that is a concern.
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