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Expand shortened URLs

Terminal - Expand shortened URLs
expandurl() { curl -sIL $1 2>&1 | awk '/^Location/ {print $2}' | tail -n1; }
2011-10-19 01:35:33
Functions: awk tail
0
Expand shortened URLs

This shell function uses curl(1) as it is more portable than wget(1) across Unices, to show what site a shortened URL is pointing to, even if there are many nested shortened URLs. It is a refinement to www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/9515/expand-shortened-urls to make it better for use in scripts. Only displays final result.

expandurl http://t.co/LDWqmtDM

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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
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
2

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.

expandurl() { wget -S $1 2>&1 | grep ^Location; }
2011-10-18 18:50:54
User: atoponce
Functions: grep wget
Tags: wget
0

This shell function uses wget(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

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