When downloading software via the terminal is there a way to see the download progress?

I kicked off a download via the terminal and I can't tell if it's progressing or stuck.

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    Which command did you run? Different commands have different ways of seeing their progress. Commented May 17, 2016 at 3:01

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Another option is to install wget (e.g. with Homebrew), which has more user-friendly defaults than curl, including displaying an ASCII-art progress bar.

For example:

> brew install wget
> wget google.com
Saving to: 'index.html'
index.html                      [ <=>              ]  10.32K  --.-KB/s in 0.001s

2016-05-17 12:55:06 (8.08 MB/s) - 'index.html' saved [10563]

Open Terminal on your Mac and enter the following command:

curl -O <URL  for download>

That is a capital "O" not a zero.

Here a nice site with some terminal commands you might like to use.

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