MECH-DUMP(1) User Contributed Perl Documentation MECH-DUMP(1)

mech-dump - Dumps information about a web page

version 2.13

mech-dump [options] [file|url]


--headers              Dump HTTP response headers
--forms                Dump table of forms (default action)
--links                Dump table of links
--images               Dump table of images
--all                  Dump all four of the above, in that order
--text                 Dumps the textual part of the web page
--user=user            Set the username
--password=pass        Set the password
--cookie-file=filename Set the filename to use for persistent cookies
--agent=agent          Specify the UserAgent to pass
                       Specify the alias for the UserAgent to pass.
                       Pick one of:
                           * Windows IE 6
                           * Windows Mozilla
                           * Mac Safari
                           * Mac Mozilla
                           * Linux Mozilla
                           * Linux Konqueror
--absolute             Show URLs as absolute, even if relative in the page
--help                 Show this message

The order of the options specified is relevant. Repeated options get repeated dumps.

"mech-dump" will only work on HTML documents when used on remote URLs, but will assume any local file you pass it is HTML. If it is not, there won't be any usable results.

Proxy settings are specified through the environment (e.g. "http_proxy="). See LWP::UserAgent for details.


Andy Lester <andy at>

This software is copyright (c) 2004 by Andy Lester.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.

2022-08-02 perl v5.36.0