As a fun little side project I've made a web tool to find runs on the NCBI Sequence Read Archive (SRA) and fetch the download URLs for these. You can do all of this in a couple of clicks, hopefully quite a bit easier than navigating the main SRA pages.
In addition to getting the SRA links the tool now queries the European Nucleotide Archive (ENA) for direct FastQ downloads and also provides these URLs.
All links are given as a simple list and also as a bash script which uses
curl to download the data and gives nicer filenames that include the sample name in addition to its accession number.
You can find the tool here: https://ewels.github.io/sra-explorer/
It's open source and in fact just a single HTML file, built using AngularJS and Bootstrap. If you're curious, you can find the code here: https://github.com/ewels/sra-explorer
Edit ( 28.6.22 by ATpoint )
sra-explorer also (for quite some time now) supports creation of Aspera download links. See this little tutorial on how to setup Aspera (
ascp) on Linux and macOS: Setting up Aspera Connect (ascp) on Linux and macOS