There is a search page in a form http://example.com/search.php and it sends a search query via POST request. I want to fetch this request via curl command line tool to inspect a POST request.

The HTML form looks like this:

<form action="search.php" method="POST">
   <input type="text" name="search" size=20><br>
   SZ<input type="checkbox" checked name="sz">
   NZ<input type="checkbox" checked name="nz">
   <input type="submit" name="search_term" value="search" >

How should my curl command look like?

  • Curl is an HTTP client - it makes requests (aka fetching resources). It can't intercept a POST from another client, like your browser, which is what it sounds like you want to do. Or did you mean you want to make this POST request with curl? – ckhan Apr 30 '12 at 4:01

As an example, to send a search of "foo" with sz checked and nz unchecked:

curl -d "search_term=search&search=foo&sz=on&nz=off" http://example.com/search.php

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