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Raku module to retrieve a file from the internet by the best available method

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use URI::FetchFile;

if fetch-uri('http://rakudo.org/downloads/star/rakudo-star-2016.10.tar.gz', 'rakudo-star-2016.10.tar.gz') {
    # do something with the file
else {
    die "couldn't get file";


This provides a simple method of retrieving a single file via HTTP using the best available method whilst trying to limit the dependencies.

It is intended to be used by installers or builders that may need to retrieve a file but otherwise have no need for an HTTP client.

It will try to use the first available method from:

* HTTP::UserAgent

* LWP::Simple

* curl

* wget

Please feel free to suggest and/or implement other mechanisms.


Assuming you have a working installation of Rakudo you can install this using zef :

zef install URI::FetchFile

Other mechanisms may become available in the future.


Please make any reports, suggestions etc to Github

This is free software please see the the LICENCE file for details.

© Jonathan Stowe 2016 - 2021