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Command Line Tool and Library for Transferring Data With URLs
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What is cURL?

Used in command lines or scripts to transfer data. It is also used in cars, television sets, routers, printers, audio equipment, mobile phones, tablets, and is the internet transfer backbone for thousands of software applications affecting billions of humans daily.
cURL is a tool in the File Transfer category of a tech stack.
cURL is an open source tool with 17.5K GitHub stars and 3.8K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to cURL's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses cURL?

Companies
19 companies reportedly use cURL in their tech stacks, including arivu.one, funin, and immmr.

Developers
106 developers on StackShare have stated that they use cURL.

cURL Integrations

Homebrew, HTTPie, SDKMAN, WeTransfer, and Quickmetrics are some of the popular tools that integrate with cURL. Here's a list of all 10 tools that integrate with cURL.
Private Decisions at about cURL

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by members of with cURL in their tech stack.

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Byron
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I use cURL because it's one of the most portable ways to download resources via HTTP(s)

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Public Decisions about cURL

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose cURL in their tech stack.

Justin Dorfman
Justin Dorfman
Developer Evangelist at StackShare · | 4 upvotes · 5.9K views
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To view the HTTP headers of any URL all you need to do is run the following with cURL:

$ curl -I https://example.com

The response should look something like this:

HTTP/2 200
accept-ranges: bytes
cache-control: max-age=604800
...
x-cache: HIT
content-length: 1270

If your URL has query strings then you will need to add double quotes:

curl -I "https://example.com?query=string&foo=bar"

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Byron
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I use cURL because it's one of the most portable ways to download resources via HTTP(s)

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cURL Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to cURL?
Postman
It is the only complete API development environment, used by nearly five million developers and more than 100,000 companies worldwide.
HTTPie
It is a Modern command line HTTP client – user-friendly curl alternative with intuitive UI, JSON support, syntax highlighting, wget-like downloads, extensions, etc
FileZilla
It is a powerful and free software for transferring files over the Internet. It is a very popular FTP client and is used by webmasters from all over the world.
Cyberduck
It is a libre server and cloud storage browser for Mac and Windows with support for FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, OpenStack Swift, Backblaze B2, Microsoft Azure & OneDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox.
AWS Transfer for SFTP
AWS Transfer for SFTP is a fully managed service that enables the transfer of files directly into and out of Amazon S3 using the Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)—also known as Secure Shell (SSH) File Transfer Protocol. AWS helps you seamlessly migrate your file transfer workflows to AWS Transfer for SFTP—by integrating with existing authentication systems, and providing DNS routing with Amazon Route 53—so nothing changes for your customers and partners, or their applications.
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cURL's Followers
103 developers follow cURL to keep up with related blogs and decisions.
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