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curl -s 'http://xkcd.com/rss.xml' | xpath '//item[1]/description/text()' 2>&1 | sed -n 's/.*title="\([^"]*\)".*/\1/p' | fold -s
2013-02-16 22:38:26
User: putnamhill
Functions: fold sed
Tags: sed curl fold xpath

I look at xkcd in my news reader, but it displays the image's title attribute only for a few seconds which makes reading the longer ones more challenging. So I use this to display it in my console.

curl --resolve subdomain.example.com:80: subdomain.example.com -I -s
2013-01-24 19:50:26
User: atoponce
Tags: curl

With the "--resolve" switch, you can avoid doing DNS lookups or edit the /etc/hosts file, by providing the IP address for a domain directly. Useful if you have many servers with different IP addresses behind a load balancer. Of course, you would loop it:

for IP in 10.11.0.{1..10}; do curl --resolve subdomain.example.com:80:$IP subdomain.example.com -I -s; done
expandurl() { curl -s "http://api.longurl.org/v2/expand?url=${1}&format=php" | awk -F '"' '{print $4}' }
2013-01-19 10:40:46
User: atoponce
Functions: awk
Tags: curl longurl

This relies on a public API from http://longurl.org. So, this has the weakness that if the service disappears, the function will break. However, it has the advantage that the shortened URL service will not be tracking your IP address and other metrics, but instead will track longurl.org. Thus, you can remain anonymous from the shortened URL services (although not anonymous from longurl.org). It does no sanity checking that you have provided an argument. If you do not provide one, "message" is displayed to STDOUT.

curl -L -d "uid=<username>&pwd=<password>" http://www.example.com -c cookies.txt
2012-11-10 19:08:45
User: drwlrsn
Tags: curl http python

Generate a Netscape cookies file to use with Python's mechanize.

curl -C - -o partially_downloaded_file 'www.example.com/path/to/the/file'
curl -qsL http://checkip.dyn.com | sed -E "s/^.*Address: ([0-9\.]+).*$/\1/"
2012-10-28 22:20:50
Functions: sed
Tags: sed curl ipv4

Retrieves the current WAN ipv4 address via checkip.dyn.com.

alias pp='python -mjson.tool | pygmentize -l javascript'
2012-10-16 13:55:38
User: wires
Functions: alias

Uses pygmentize and python to create indented and colorized JSON output

Q="Hello world"; GOOG_URL="http://www.google.com/search?q="; AGENT="Mozilla/4.0"; stream=$(curl -A "$AGENT" -skLm 10 "${GOOG_URL}\"${Q/\ /+}\"" | grep -oP '\/url\?q=.+?&amp' | sed 's/\/url?q=//;s/&amp//'); echo -e "${stream//\%/\x}"
curl -u $USERNAME:$PASSWORD "http://dynupdate.no-ip.com/nic/update?hostname=$HOSTNAME"
python -c 'import googl; print googl.Googl("<your_google_api_key>").shorten("'$someurl'")[u"id"]'
2012-05-31 17:14:17
User: shr386
Functions: python

(1) required: python-googl ( install by: pip install python-googl )

(2) get from google API console https://code.google.com/apis/console/

curl ifconfig.me/all
2012-05-16 18:22:28
User: pykler

Gets all kind of info, ifconfig.me rocks ...

for just the ip addess you can use ifconfig.me or ifconfig.me/ip

cat urls.txt | xargs -n1 curl -O --max-time 10 --retry 3 --retry-delay 1
curl -su username:passwd https://mail.google.com/mail/feed/atom | xmlstarlet sel -N x="http://purl.org/atom/ns#" -t -m //x:entry -v 'concat(position(), ":", x:title)' -n
shorty () { curl -s https://www.googleapis.com/urlshortener/v1/url\?key\=API_KEY -H 'Content-Type: application/json' -d '{"longUrl": "'"$1"'"}' | egrep -o 'http://goo.gl/[^"]*' }
2012-04-26 18:30:50
User: cybersiddhu
Functions: egrep

First get a api key for google url shortner from here https://developers.google.com/url-shortener/

Then replace the API_KEY in the command

watch 'curl -s --location -I http://any.site.or.url | grep -e "\(HTTP\|Location\)"'
2012-04-23 17:05:29
User: theist
Functions: grep watch

Watches the headers of a curl, following any redirects and printing only the HTTP status and the location of the possible redirects.

curl ip.nu
curl -I -L http://t.co/mQUxL6yS
curl -s mobile.twitter.com/search | sed -n '/trend_footer_list/,/\ul>/p' | awk -F\> '{print $3}' | awk -F\< '{print $1}' | sed '/^$/d'
2012-03-15 17:17:06
User: articmonkey
Functions: awk sed
Tags: twitter awk curl

Prints top 5 twitter topics. Not very well written at all but none of the others worked.

curl -s -d "CSField=Name" -d "CSInput=BostonUCompSci" http://torstatus.blutmagie.de/index.php | grep -oP "ip=\K(\d+)(\.\d+){3}"
2012-03-09 16:52:27
User: JisSey
Functions: grep

Reciprocally, we could get the node name from a give Tor IP address =>

ip2node() { curl -s -d "QueryIP=$1" http://torstatus.blutmagie.de/tor_exit_query.php | grep -oP "Server name:.*'>\K\w+" ; }



curl 'https://www.kernel.org/kdist/finger_banner'
2012-03-04 21:10:19
User: Testuser_01

Gets the (previously obtainable with:

finger @kernel.org

) info of the latest linux kernel versions available.

open R,"curl -s http://feeds2.feedburner.com/Command-line-fu|xml2|"; while(<R>){ chomp; m(^/rss/channel/item/title=) and do{ s/^.*?=//; ($t,$d,$l)=($_,undef,undef) }; m(^/rss/channel/item/description=) and do{ s/^.*?=//; push @d,$_ }; m(^/rss/channel/item
cmdfu(){ local t=~/cmdfu;echo -e "\n# $1 {{{1">>$t;curl -s "commandlinefu.com/commands/matching/$1/`echo -n $1|base64`/plaintext"|sed '1,2d;s/^#.*/& {{{2/g'>$t;vim -u /dev/null -c "set ft=sh fdm=marker fdl=1 noswf" -M $t;rm $t; }
2012-02-21 05:43:16
User: AskApache
Functions: echo rm sed vim

Here is the full function (got trunctated), which is much better and works for multiple queries.

function cmdfu () {

local t=~/cmdfu;

until [[ -z $1 ]]; do

echo -e "\n# $1 {{{1" >> $t;

curl -s "commandlinefu.com/commands/matching/$1/`echo -n $1|base64`/plaintext" | sed '1,2d;s/^#.*/& {{{2/g' | tee -a $t > $t.c;

sed -i "s/^# $1 {/# $1 - `grep -c '^#' $t.c` {/" $t;



vim -u /dev/null -c "set ft=sh fdm=marker fdl=1 noswf" -M $t;

rm $t $t.c


Searches commandlinefu for single/multiple queries and displays syntax-highlighted, folded, and numbered results in vim.

curl -s ifconfig.me|tee >(xargs geoiplookup)
2012-02-09 20:30:26
Functions: tee xargs
Tags: tee curl geoip

Show external IP and geolocation information.

Primary feature is the use of tee to echo IP _and_ send to geoiplookup command...Use IP as input for as many commands as you want with more >( [command] )

Thanks to http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/6334/

Requires MaxMind DB and geoiplookup tool.

Sample output has IP obfuscated on first line, lines 2-4 from having MaxMind Country && MaxMind City DBs installed

curl $URL -s -L -o /dev/null -w '%{url_effective}'
2012-01-25 16:11:24
User: labynocle
Tags: curl redirect url

Sometimes it could be very useful to obtain the final URL you'll use after several redirects.

(I use this command line for my automated tests to check if every redirections are ok)

wget ifconfig.me/ip -q -O -