The new version of the Gradle plugin gradle-download-task 3.2.0 has just been released. The plugin provides a
Download task that displays progress information while downloading files, just like Gradle does when it fetches an artifact from a repository.
Grab gradle-download-task 3.2.0 while it’s still hot:
The new version has been tested with Gradle 1.x up to 3.3 but should be compatible to any other version as well.
file://based URLs (thanks to Gregory Amerson)
http.nonProxyHostssystem property is now supported (thanks to Andrea Di Giorgi)
I also stronly advice to read my blog post on 10 recipes for gradle-download-task to get an idea what you can do with the plugin.