I am accessing some web sites which are really really slow, and I would like to know if those sites are gzipped. Is there an easy way to find this out?
- In Chrome, this is done from the wrench menu: Tools > Developer tools, or alternatively by pressing CtrlShiftI.
- In Firefox, click the menu button: Developer > Inspector, or alternatively by pressing CtrlShiftC.
Once you have the developer tools open, you can click on the
Network tab, and do a refresh on the page. If you then click on the top entry in the list and select
Headers on the right side, it'll list all the response headers for the page.
If you find
Content-Encoding: gzip in the list, then the page is gzip-compressed.
Here's what it looks like in Chrome:
Here's what it looks like in Firefox:
And here is another gzip checker: gzipWTF
Another online checker: https://checkgzipcompression.com
I've found that none of my installed browsers was showing
Content-Encoding: gzip header while the server was actually sending it.
Investigation revealed that it was ESET antivirus software being responsible for intercepting and unpacking all traffic on the PC.