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Last updated: Aug 5, 2020 ·
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curl [options] <URL> # Basic usage
curl # Display the contents of remote file
curl -O # Save the file with the original filename
curl -o main.txt # Save the file as `main.txt`
curl -L # Follow redirects

curl # Basic GET request to the GitHub API
curl -i # Include HTTP-header in the output
curl -I # Fetch HTTP-header only
curl -C - -O # Resume interrrupted download

# -u, --user: Specify the user name and password for server authentication
curl -u <username:password> # Basic authentication
curl -u <username> # Prompt for password; Avoid having password in history

# -m, --max-time: Set maximum time in seconds that you allow the whole operation to take
curl -m 1800 <URL> # Set a 30 minute timeout


# -d, --data: Send data in a POST request
curl -d '{"name": "Professor Fansworth", "phone": "1234567890"}' <URL>
curl -d "name=Professor%20Fansworth&phone=1234567890" <URL> # Equivalent to above
curl -d @data.json <URL> # Read data to POST from file

# -H, --header: Specify headers
curl -H "Content-Type: application/json" -H "Authorization: <token>" -d @data.json <URL>
# Can be used multiple times to add/replace/remove multiple headers

# -b, --cookie: Pass the data to the HTTP server as a cookie
curl -b "name=Fry" <URL>
curl --dump-header <file> <URL> # Save cookies received from the server to file
curl -b <file> <URL> # Use cookies from file
curl -c <file> <URL> # Save the incoming cookies using Netscape cookie format

# -x, --proxy: Use the specified HTTP proxy and port number (default: 1080)
curl -u <username:password> -x <proxyhost[:port]> <URL>

# -U, --proxy-user: Specify the user name and password for proxy authentication
curl -U <username:password> -x <proxyhost[:port]> <URL>

# -v, --verbose: Make the fetching more verbose/talkative
# -s, --silent: Make curl silent