In all user surveys and during all curl’s lifetime, HTTP has been the most
important and most frequently used protocol that curl supports. This chapter
will explain how to do effective HTTP transfers and general fiddling with
This will mostly work the same way for HTTPS, as they are really the same thing
under the hood, as HTTPS is HTTP with an extra security TLS layer. See also
the specific HTTPS section below.
In every HTTP request, there’s a method. Sometimes called a verb. The most
commonly used ones are GET, POST, HEAD and PUT.
Normally however you don’t specify the method in the command line, but instead
the exact method used depends on the specific options you use. GET is default,
-F makes it a POST,
-I generates a HEAD and
-T sends a
More about this in the Modify the HTTP request section.