The Facebook Crawler crawls the HTML of an app or website that was shared on Facebook via copying and pasting the link or by a Facebook social plugin. The crawler gathers, caches, and displays information about the app or website such as its title, description, and thumbnail image.
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The Facebook crawler user agent strings:
To get a current list of IP addresses the crawler uses, run the following command.
whois -h whois.radb.net -- '-i origin AS32934' | grep ^route
These IP addresses change often.
... route: 184.108.40.206/21 route: 220.127.116.11/21 route: 18.104.22.168/20 route: 22.214.171.124/20 route6: 2620:0:1c00::/40 route6: 2a03:2880::/32 route6: 2a03:2880:fffe::/48 route6: 2a03:2880:ffff::/48 route6: 2620:0:1cff::/48 ...
If your app or website content is not available at the time of crawling, you can force a crawl once it becomes available either by passing the URL through the Sharing Debugger tool or by using the Sharing API.
You can simulate a crawler request with the following code:
curl -v --compressed -H "Range: bytes=0-524288" -H "Connection: close" -A "facebookexternalhit/1.1 (+http://www.facebook.com/externalhit_uatext.php)" "$URL"