Looking to download a run of issues? There’s a script for that…

Google+ user Kevin Lynch has made a quick script (updated by David Mawdsley) to download multiple issues:



echo -n "What is the issue number of the first Full Circle Magazine to
download? "
read firstissue

echo ""
echo -n "What is the issue number of the last Full Circle Magazine to
download? ( > or = the previous number) "
read lastissue

cd ~/Desktop  # ~ brings you to the home directory of the user and from
there I wanted to use my folder 'Desktop'

for a in `seq $firstissue $lastissue`
        wget -U Mozilla "http://dl.fullcirclemagazine.org/issue"$a"_en.pdf"

echo ""
echo "Complete!"

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I'm the founder, and editor, of Full Circle magazine. Also, a self taught artist, official Ubuntu member and I've been using Linux exclusively (in one form or another) for over five years now.

9 Comments + Add Comment

  • Great ! thanks.

  • The only thing I’d love to see added is a way of downloading all of the “Special” editions also. I know they’re VM01, SC01, PY01 – PY04, SE01, and UU01, but I’m not sure how they could be incorporated into the script. Unless you did something like a question about whether the user wants them, and then have the for loop cycle through AA to ZZ and 01 to 10 or something like that. Or just have them hardcoded into the script (although that won’t work in the future).

    Have a great day:)

  • i suggest to add “-c” option to wget. if issue is ollready downloaded in current folder it will not download it twice

  • I just made a small script to download the latest version of the issues (including the special editions).
    What you need is to create a folder structure like this (the folder names can be variable) and keep each different kind of issues on its own folder:


    Put the script in “.” folder and in each subfolder download manually at least the first issue of the normal or special issues your are interested on.

    Then run the script and it will iterate until reaching the latest uploaded issues.


    function download_issue {

    pushd $mydir > /dev/null
    Prefix=$(ls issue* | cut -d”_” -f 1 | sed ‘s/issue//g’ | sed ‘s/[0-9]*//g’ | tail -1)
    Latest=$( ls issue$Prefix* | cut -d”_” -f 1 | sed ‘s/issue’$Prefix’//g’ | sort -n | tail -1)
    echo Latest local issue found: $Latest
    let “Latest += 1″
    if [ “$Prefix” == “” ]; then
    FileToDownload=issue”$Prefix”$(printf “%02d” $Latest)_en.pdf
    echo Will try to download $FileToDownload
    wget -U Mozilla “http://dl.fullcirclemagazine.org/$FileToDownload” 2> /dev/null
    popd > /dev/null

    return $exit_status

    for dir in `find . -type d`; do
    filesexist=$(ls -l $dir | grep -v ^d | grep -v “^total [[:digit:]]” | wc -l)
    if [ $filesexist -gt 0 ]; then
    echo “”
    echo “Trying to fetch latest issues in $dir”
    while [ $exit_status -eq 0 ]; do
    download_issue $dir
    if [ $exit_status -eq 0 ]; then
    echo “Issue $FileToDownload downloaded successfully”
    echo “Issue $FileToDownload does not yet exist. Please check again later.”
    echo “”

  • Segue um em português do Brasil!!!
    “In portuguese from Brazil”!!!

    # Criado por Google+ user Kevin Lynch has made a quick script (updated by David Mawdsley) to download multiple issues
    # Modificado por Marcio C. Bravim – marciocbravim@yahoo.com.br
    # ICQ 76209707 – @marciocbravim – RJ – BRAZIL
    ### versão 0.0.1-BR – 2012-04-25
    #URL JPG => http://dl.fullcirclemagazine.org/cover/58/en.jpg
    #URL edição => http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-58/
    # Edição atual
    cd /tmp
    echo ” Verificando quantas edições da revista existem atualmente. Aguarde …”
    wget -q http://fullcirclemagazine.org/downloads/
    TOTAL=`grep “issue” index.html | fmt | grep jpg | cut -d\” -f2 | wc -l`
    echo ” Atualmente existem $TOTAL edições da Full Circle magazine”
    rm -f index.html
    cd –
    echo “”

    echo -n “Qual o diretório de download? ”
    read downloadir

    if [ ! -d $downloadir ]; then
    echo “Diretório não existe. Criando”
    mkdir $downloadir
    echo “”

    cd $downloadir

    echo -ne “Deseja baixar todas as edições? [S] ou [N]: [ ]” ’33[3D’
    read -n 1 RESP
    echo “”

    if [ “$RESP” = “s” -o “$RESP” = “S” ] ; then

    for a in `seq 0 $TOTAL`; do
    wget -c http://dl.fullcirclemagazine.org/issue“$a”_en.pdf

    elif [ “$RESP” = “n” -o “$RESP” = “N” ] ; then
    echo -n “Qual o número da primeira edição da Full Circle Magazine para download? ”
    read -n 1 firstissue
    echo “”

    echo -n “Qual o número da última edição da Full Circle Magazine para download? ”
    read -n 1 lastissue
    echo “”


    for b in `seq $firstissue $lastissue`
    wget -c http://dl.fullcirclemagazine.org/issue“$b”_en.pdf

    echo “”
    echo “Download Completo!”
    # FIM

  • Where should this script be saved to and how do you run it? I’m a complete newb to scripting and such. Thanks!!

  • got it! i’m slowly learning but still a newb. not i just need to decode that script to see what each thing means.

  • Is there a way to set this up for EPUB yet? Do those have consistent naming?

  • How about:

    wget http://dl.fullcirclemagazine,org/issue{1..61}_en.pdf

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