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Lighttpd block wget useragent for specific urls

One of regular reader asks a question:

My website powered by Lighttpd web server. I’d like to block Wget useragent for entire my domain.com site except for /downloads/ url section. How do I configure lighttpd?

You need to use $HTTP filed useragent and url combination. Just open your lighttpd.conf file and append code as follows.

Lighttpd block useragent wget configuration

# vi /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf
Append config directive as follows:

$HTTP["useragent"] =~ "Wget" { 
        $HTTP["url"] !~ "^/download($|/)" { 
                url.access-deny = ( "" )  


  • $HTTP[“useragent”] : Match on useragent i.e. Wget
  • $HTTP[“url”] : Match on url section such as /download/*. If there are nested blocks, this must be the most inner block.
  • =~ : Perl style regular expression match
  • !~ : Perl style regular expression not match

Just restart the webserver, enter:
# /etc/init.d/lighttpd restart

Now user can run wget on http://domain.com/download/* urls but not on http://domain.com/file.html or http://domain.com/dir/file

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  • ear August 14, 2007, 10:40 pm

    This is pointless imo.
    Users will still be able to use wget on your whole domain if they use wget –user-agent ….

  • 悉尼 July 8, 2009, 7:41 am

    Is it possible to match all the blank agent?

  • pat October 1, 2010, 10:05 am

    # user-agent empty or made of any number of spaces rejected
    $HTTP[“useragent”] =~ “^ *$” {
    url.access-deny = ( “” )

    there’s a single space between ^ and *

  • Nananaan February 15, 2012, 2:11 pm

    Just use –header=”User-agent: blalbalb” to circumvent this from wget.

  • Munwar Hussain December 30, 2014, 5:50 pm


    i am not understand you think

    so kindly teach us detal line by line and step by step

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