Dump HTTP header using wget

wget --server-response --spider http://www.example.com/
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.
Sample Output
  HTTP/1.1 200 OK
  Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2009 18:42:46 GMT
  Server: Apache/2.2.3 (CentOS)
  Last-Modified: Tue, 15 Nov 2005 13:24:10 GMT
  ETag: "b80f4-1b6-80bfd280"
  Accept-Ranges: bytes
  Content-Length: 438
  Connection: close
  Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8

By: penpen
2009-03-31 18:49:14

What Others Think

slightly easier with curl tho: curl -I http://www.example.com
realgt · 610 weeks and 1 day 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.
sgornick · 575 weeks and 1 day ago
curl --head http://www.example.com
sgornick · 575 weeks and 1 day ago
curl is easer. in general curl is always simpler to use then any other like wget, lynx, etc
jonnys · 508 weeks and 4 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.
fancylad · 475 weeks and 1 day ago
This is a perfect command CURL uses more memory and resources than wget and is less commond on routers and minilinux.
alecuba16 · 464 weeks and 1 day ago

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