How to download files with Python?

Recently when I tried to upgrade my Linux system, I encountered system libraries dependency issue, as a result wget, curl, scp and telnet are all not usable. How could I upload the library files to the system to fix the issue?

Luckily Python works well. I can easy download a file in command-line and save it into right place. Here it is,

# python
Python 2.4.3 (#1, Oct 23 2012, 22:02:41)
[GCC 4.1.2 20080704 (Red Hat 4.1.2-54)] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import urllib
>>> urllib.urlretrieve("", "/lib64/")
('/lib64/', <httplib.HTTPMessage instance at 0x2ad6e9641560>)
>>> quit()
'Use Ctrl-D (i.e. EOF) to exit.'

There are two more ways for downloading files with Python,
Example: Downloading with urllib2

import urllib2
f = urllib2.urlopen(url)
data =
with open("/path/to/", "wb") as code:

Example: Downloading with requests

import requests
r = requests.get(url)
with open("/path/to/", "wb") as code:

Have fun.

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