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I'd like to send HTTP HEAD request using wget, is it possible?

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It's not wget, but you can do that quite easily by using curl.

curl -I http://www.superuser.com/

Produces this output:

HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently                        
Content-Length: 144                       
Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8     
Location: http://superuser.com/
Date: Sat, 09 Oct 2010 19:11:50 GMT
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This is exactly what I want. –  Xiè Jìléi Oct 11 '10 at 15:23


wget -S --spider www.example.com

You can also pass -O /dev/null to prevent wget from writing HTTP response to a file.

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-S will show headers, but it executes a GET, not a HEAD. In other words, it will fetch the entire URL. –  Dan Dascalescu Feb 28 at 23:21
wget -S --spider http://localhost log created in apache server is - - [04/Mar/2014:15:36:32 +0100] "HEAD / HTTP/1.1" 200 314 "-" "Wget/1.13.4 (linux-gnu)" –  Casual Coder Mar 4 at 14:38

Though not wget, many perl installs with lwp module will have a HEAD command installed.

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'wget -S' gets file ( Content-Length: 2316, Length: 2316 (2.3K) [text/plain], Saving to: `index.html') 'wget --spider' gets header (Spider mode enabled. Check if remote file exists., Length: unspecified [text/plain] Remote file exists.)

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