Test an https server

November 11, 2004

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This is so useful (to a developer) that I'm blogging it so I have a record of it when I need it in the future. You know how you can test a webserver by opening a telnet connection to port 80? Well by the magic of OpenSSL you can do the same thing on port 443.

openssl s_client -connect example.com:443 -state
Then you just type away the same as if it was a normal telnet session to port 80, i.e.
GET /some/url HTTP/1.0
Host:example.com

server response here...

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