Downloading a file from a redirecting URL with cURL

The other day I launched an Amazon EC2 instance of OpenSuse 11.3 (I know it’s old) and needed to download a file from SourceForge.

To my surprise, the EC2 instance didn’t carry “wget”, so I had to use cURL.

The thing is that cURL didn’t like the SourceForge download URL as it redirects to another URL.

To make cURL follow redirects execute:

curl -L -o filename URL