- 26 January 2019
HTTPS may become the standard quickly, but Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is still the base, and understanding how to verify an HTTP server without a web browser can be very useful. A lot of situations simply don’t allow you to install a web browser or gives only a blank page.
As HTTP is a plain-text protocol you can simulate a connection with telnet on the command line. So let connect to a fresh Linux machine with Apache running and see what happens. After connecting you type in
GET /index.html HTTP/1.1 to tell web server which files you want to get and in this case the file in /index.html. The second line tells the web server for which website you make the request which is 192.168.121.7.xip.io in the example. And finally, you give an additional entry to tell your request is complete and can be processed after which you get the response.