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I'm looking for a website that when given a URL will show you a trace of all the information that is sent when communication with this domain (e.g. HTTP headers). Specifically, I want to see how URL redirects are handled: what type of redirect is used (e.g. 301 or 302) and to what URL it is redirected to.

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Is the purpose of your question to allow you to understand better how redirects work? Or are you looking to test something you're developing yourself? Or are you just curious about what a particular website is doing while you're interacting with it? –  conorgriffin Jul 1 '10 at 21:44

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The Domain Dossier on CentralOps.net has a Service Scan option which does exactly that, among many other features.

This is the result from stackexchange.com

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Connection: close
Date: Thu, 01 Jul 2010 21:56:15 GMT
Server: Microsoft-IIS/6.0
X-Powered-By: ASP.NET
X-UA-Compatible: IE=8
X-AspNet-Version: 2.0.50727
X-AspNetMvc-Version: 1.0
Cache-Control: private
Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8
Content-Length: 2121

and from google.com

HTTP/1.0 301 Moved Permanently
Location: http://www.google.com/
Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8
Date: Thu, 01 Jul 2010 21:57:43 GMT
Expires: Sat, 31 Jul 2010 21:57:43 GMT
Cache-Control: public, max-age=2592000
Server: gws
Content-Length: 219
X-XSS-Protection: 1; mode=block
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You're looking for http://network-tools.com/

The site lets you do:

  • Ping
  • DNS Lookup
  • Trace
  • WhoIs
  • URL Encode
  • URL Decode
  • Email Verify
  • and Spam Blacklist Check
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Rex Swain's HTTP Viewer

Has an Auto-Follow Location feature.

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