I understand this is probably a pretty noob situation, but I can't for the life of me figure out why it's doing this.

Any ideas on how to overcome this so I can get WP installed on my server? I've tried searching around for an answer, but apparently nobody else has ran into this issue.

The command entered is:

curl -O https://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz

The output is a bunch of gobltygook on the screen. Expected output is downloading the zipped file.


Curl is outputting the response to the screen. You need to send the output to a file, like this:

curl https://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz -o wordpress.tar.gz

Note the lowercase 'o', and the presence of a filename after that argument. You can name the file whatever you want. With this exact command, it will be downloaded into whatever folder you are currently in.

  • Thanks for this! I had actually been AFK after figuring out what the issue was, so haven't been able to come back to answer. But apparently, it was an issue with my syntax. I was typing a zero, rather than a lowercase "o". This is why I hate fonts sometimes. – Zebulun McNeill Nov 19 '16 at 20:57

We were all noobs once :)

Try running the same command with wget:

wget https://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz

Than, you'll have to extract it with this command:

tar -xzvf latest.tar.gz 

this will extract WordPress to a new directory called 'wordpress'

Good Luck!

  • this. this is good. As a side note you can ask for the latest.zip as well and then only have to remember unzip latest.zip – rudtek Nov 15 '16 at 16:52

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