Learn to Use curl Command with Examples


Curl command is used to transfer files to and from a server, it supports a number of protocols like HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, FTPS, IMAP, IMAPS, DICT, FILE, GOPHER, LDAP, LDAPS, POP3, POP3S, RTMP, RTSP, SCP, SFTP, SMB, SMBS, SMTP, SMTPS, TELNET and TFTP etc.

Curl also supports a lot of features like proxy support, user authentication, FTP upload, HTTP post, SSL connections, cookies, file transfer pause & resume, etc. There are around 120 different options that can be used with curl & in this tutorial, we are going to discuss some important Curl commands with examples.

Download or visit a single URL

To download a file using CURL from http or ftp or any other protocol, use the following command structure

$ curl https://linuxtechlab.com

If curl can’t identify the protocol being used, it will switch to http. We can also store the output of the command to a file with ‘-o’ option or can also redirect using ‘>’.

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