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cURL is a CLI tool for issuing HTTP GET, POST, & PUT request.

A formal applications for , cURL was originally developed Daniel Stenberg, and released in 1997. cURL primary function is to transfer data across an array of modern protocols, and has widely been incorporated in programming languages.

Supported Protocols

  • DICT
  • FTP
  • FTPS
  • Gopher
  • HTTP
  • IMAP
  • LDAP
  • POP3
  • RTSP
  • SCP
  • SFTP
  • SMTP
  • TFTP
  • Telnet
  • URI scheme

Basic usage

Retrive a page to


Write output to file

curl -o index.html

Post data to a form

curl --data "fruit=apples&meat=ham"

Basic installation

Grab source from any public FTP distributor

shell> ftp
ftp>   cd pub/www/utilities/curl/
ftp>   get curl-7.27.0.tar.gz
shell> quit

Basic install methods

shell> ./configure --prefix=/usr
shell> make
shell> make test
shell> make install
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