See where a shortened url takes you before click

check(){ curl -sI $1 | sed -n 's/Location: *//p';}

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2010-09-30 12:29:02

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  • 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 Show Sample Output


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    expandurl() { curl -sIL $1 | grep ^Location; }
    atoponce · 2011-10-19 00:56:53 1
  • 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 Show Sample Output


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    curl -s http://urlxray.com/display.php?url=http://tinyurl.com/demo-xray | grep -o '<title>.*</title>' | sed 's/<title>.*--> \(.*\)<\/title>/\1/g'
    karpoke · 2010-09-30 10:25:18 1

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