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Dump HTTP header using wget

Terminal - Dump HTTP header using wget
wget --server-response --spider http://www.example.com/
2009-03-31 18:49:14
User: penpen
Functions: wget
Dump HTTP header using wget

Let me suggest using wget for obtaining the HTTP header only as the last resort because it generates considerable textual overhead. The first ellipsis of the sample output stands for

Spider mode enabled. Check if remote file exists.

--2009-03-31 20:42:46-- http://www.example.com/

Resolving www.example.com...

Connecting to www.example.com||:80... connected.

HTTP request sent, awaiting response...

and the second one looks for

Length: 438 [text/html]

Remote file exists and could contain further links,

but recursion is disabled -- not retrieving.


There are 3 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives

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slightly easier with curl tho:

curl -I http://www.example.com
Comment by realgt 307 weeks and 2 days ago

realgt, that issues a HEAD request though, which may not be supported by the server whereas what I really want is the GET request, but display only the headers.

Comment by sgornick 272 weeks and 2 days ago

curl --head http://www.example.com

Comment by sgornick 272 weeks and 2 days ago

curl is easer. in general curl is always simpler to use then any other like wget, lynx, etc

Comment by jonnys 205 weeks and 5 days ago

Agreed curl is the best. I always do:

curl -sv http://www.example.com > /dev/null

to get just the client and server headers.

Comment by fancylad 172 weeks and 2 days ago

This is a perfect command CURL uses more memory and resources than wget and is less commond on routers and minilinux.

Comment by alecuba16 161 weeks and 2 days ago

Your point of view

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