Lets say you have enabled compression in your web server by mod_deflate, gzip and now want to verify if the content is really compressed, here is how to do it :
1.Easy way :
Go to this link : http://www.gidnetwork.com/tools/gzip-test.php
Enter your website URL inside “Web Page URL” and click on “Check”
2.Technical way :
Make sure curl is installed on your server. then run following command (change yoursite.com to your own domain) :
curl -I -H 'Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate' http://yoursite.com
what you should look for in output is this line :
if it is not there, the content is not compressed.
here is the output for AdminseHow :
root@x~# curl -I -H 'Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate' http://www.adminsehow.com HTTP/1.1 406 Not Acceptable Server: ApacheBooster/1.3 Date: Wed, 05 Sep 2012 12:39:22 GMT Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 Content-Length: 8740 Connection: keep-alive X-Pingback: http://www.adminsehow.com/xmlrpc.php Vary: Accept-Encoding,Cookie,User-Agent X-Powered-By: W3 Total Cache/0.9.2.4 Content-Encoding: gzip Last-Modified: Wed, 05 Sep 2012 12:39:22 GMT X-Cacheable: YES Accept-Ranges: bytes X-Varnish: 1984902025 Via: 1.1 varnish age: 0 X-Cache: MISS
The content is compressed. YAY 😀
PS : I know the response is “HTTP/1.1 406 Not Acceptable”, it is because of mod_security installed on server which prevents such simple automated requests to be served. but it doesn’t matter for our test.