Let’s Talk About the cURL Command (Making Requests From the Terminal)

Vikram Nayyar CS
2 min readOct 2, 2023

Introduction:

Welcome back to another blog post.

This week’s decides to talk about the Curl tool. It’s used quite extensively within Cyber Security however I would not just limit it to that domain.

In all honesty, I don’t yet know loads about it so let’s get straight into this blog post.

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Happy Reading!

So What Actually Is It?

It’s a library that allows you to transfer data, using network protocols.

One very common use is that it allows you to make API requests (GET, POST, PUT …).

In simple terms, it means that we can send data from our machine (the client) to another (the server).

All you really need is a command line shell and internet as it operates over HTTP and HTTPS.

When Would I Use cURL?

When I need to send/recieve data (files) to/from the server.

I.E when I need to make requests.

Automating web tasks.

Cookie handling.

The Best Way to Learn cURL:

Start making requests!

Disclaimer — This blog post is purely educational. Be sure to check that you’re allowed to make requests to servers before making them. I am not responsible for your actions.

To Go Beyond This Blog Post:

Firstly, I would strongly recommend everyone to do this. I am not an expert!

With that being said, the main reason I’m mentioning this is because there are so many flags, protocols and sources that work with cUrl that I simply cannot cover them all here. The idea of these blog posts is to give you a glimpse of the technology and then get you to read on further and learn moe.

https://curl.se/docs/

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Final Things:

As always, thank you for taking the team to read this blog post. Like I said, I actually haven’t used cUrl that much however I imagine that I’ll be using it more and more as my journey within Cyber Security continues.

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Vikram Nayyar CS

Computer Science Student | Digital Content Creator!!