How to Install and Use Curl on CentOS 8
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curl is a powerful command-line tool for transferring data from or to a remote server. With
curl you can download or upload data using various network protocols, such as HTTP, HTTPS, SCP, SFTP, and FTP.
If you get an error message saying
curl command not found when trying to download a file with
curl, it means that the
curl package is not installed on your CentOS machine.
This article provides instructions on how to install and use the
curl command on CentOS 8.
curl on CentOS
Curl package is available in the standard CentOS 8 repositories. To install it run the following command:
sudo dnf install curl
Once the installation is complete, verify it by typing
curl in your terminal:
The output should look something like this:
curl: try 'curl --help' or 'curl --manual' for more information
curl has been installed on your CentOS system, and you can start using it.
When used without any option,
curl prints the source code of the given URL to the standard output:
To download a file with
curl, use either the
-O option, followed by the URLto the file.
-o option allows you to specify the name of the saved file:
curl -o linux.tar.xz https://cdn.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v5.x/linux-5.5.3.tar.xz
-O saves the file with its original filename:
curl -O https://cdn.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v5.x/linux-5.5.3.tar.xz
When used with the
curl displays the HTTP headers of a given URL:
curl -I https://www.centos.org/
HTTP/1.1 200 OK Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2020 22:01:04 GMT Server: Apache/2.4.6 (CentOS) OpenSSL/1.0.2k-fips Strict-Transport-Security: max-age=31536000 X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN X-Xss-Protection: 1; mode=block X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff Referrer-Policy: same-origin Last-Modified: Thu, 06 Feb 2020 17:21:08 GMT ETag: "5421-59deb7fadfdfd" Accept-Ranges: bytes Content-Length: 21537 Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8
curl you can also download files from FTP servers that are password protected:
curl -u FTP_USERNAME:FTP_PASSWORD ftp://ftp.example.com/file.tar.gz
curl is a versatile tool that allows you to send and receive data over the network.
For more information about how to use this tool, check out Curl Command Examples.
If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to leave a comment.