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A Rose by any Other IP Address

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A quick primer (from curl’s most well known maintainer) on requesting websites from servers before you’ve officially changed their DNS entries.

A quick TL;DR; if you’re conserving mouse clicks

For non-SSL/HTTPS sites it’s as simple as changing the HOST header —

    curl --header "Host: example.com" http://127.0.0.1/

If you’re using SSL/HTTPS, things are a bit more complicated. In for this case you’ll want to use the --resolve option

    curl --resolve example.com:443:127.0.0.1 https://example.com/

Here you’ll make the request to the actual URL, and resolve tells curl which IP address to use. There’s more context in the article about why this is necessary.

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Originally Posted: 24th November 2020