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See where a shortened url takes you before click

Terminal - See where a shortened url takes you before click
check(){ curl -sI $1 | sed -n 's/Location: *//p';}
2010-09-30 12:29:02
User: putnamhill
Functions: sed
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See where a shortened url takes you before click

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Terminal - Alternatives
expandurl() { curl -sIL $1 | grep ^Location; }
2011-10-19 00:56:53
User: atoponce
Functions: grep
Tags: curl
5

curl(1) is more portable than wget(1) across Unices, so here is an alternative doing the same thing with greater portability. This shell function uses curl(1) to show what site a shortened URL is pointing to, even if there are many nested shortened URLs. This is a great way to test whether or not the shortened URL is sending you to a malicious site, or somewhere nasty that you don't want to visit. The sample output is from:

expandurl http://t.co/LDWqmtDM
curl -s http://urlxray.com/display.php?url=http://tinyurl.com/demo-xray | grep -o '<title>.*</title>' | sed 's/<title>.*--> \(.*\)<\/title>/\1/g'
2010-09-30 10:25:18
User: karpoke
Functions: grep sed
Tags: sed grep curl
-3

We can put this inside a function:

fxray() { curl -s http://urlxray.com/display.php?url="$1" | grep -o '<title>.*</title>' | sed 's/<title>.*--> \(.*\)<\/title>/\1/g'; }; fxray http://tinyurl.com/demo-xray

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Nice!

Comment by karpoke 208 weeks and 6 days ago

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