Is it possible to download only the <head> of a web page?

Gabriel Genellina gagsl-py2 at
Fri Sep 5 06:21:56 CEST 2008

En Thu, 04 Sep 2008 18:53:33 -0300, Fredrik Lundh <fredrik at>  

> Rex wrote:
>> I am writing a script that executes a bunch of queries through a form
>> on a website and reads the results. I am only interested in the
>> <title> section in the <head> of each web page. Currently, each page
>> the server returns is about 100kb and contains a bunch of HTML and
>> Javascript, all of which I don't need; I don't want to waste bandwidth
>> or consume too much of the server's resources. I just need the <title>
>> string.
> you need to issue a GET request to get the HTML head section, which  
> almost always means that the server will build the entire page before  
> sending it to you (so it can set content-length etc).
> you can save on network traffic by parsing the data as it arrives, and  
> stopping when you've gotten the TITLE element:

Another alternative would be to estimate the size it takes to reach to the  
<title> tag, and issue a GET with a Range header. The server will -very  
likely- have to build the entire page, but won't attempt to send more  
bytes than requested. (In case the requested size is not enough, one can  
issue another GET asking for more data)

Gabriel Genellina

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