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Development Tools HTTP Basics Introduction to HTTP HTTP Requests Using Telnet

Dylan Thunn
Dylan Thunn
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Can't get this to work in workspace or on my computer, wondering why.

Whenever I type telnet httpbin.org 80 into workspace in immediately kicks back closed by a foreign host before I can type anything in, and when I do it on my computer my terminal (using windows 7), goes into a black abyss. Any thoughts?

1 Answer

You need to install telnet (if its not) per the instructions are in the teacher's notes. Type the following into workspaces: telnet httpbin.org 80

Then, fast, while the above is running, quickly also type in:
Get / HTTP/1.1 (+ enter, be sure to enter the spaces & use caps where noted)
Host: httpbin.org (+ enter) (enter - yes a second time!)

In my case, this appeared while I was typing in the rest: Trying
Connected to httpbin.org. Then the whole pages of data appeared. It sounds like your ISP (or local internet connection) may be blocking something. I would try to ask them what would be closing your connection to telnet, as it is free and not secured by anything. Also you need to add the 2 other lines quickly, before it times out. Also, be sure to hit enter twice at the end. Post here again if you still can't get it to work.