Sunday, February 2, 2014

Making cURL work on Windows 7

cURL is an awesome tool for software developers. It is used worldwide but most of the people who use it are Linux users so I decided to write this tutorial specific for Windows 7. The usage below is very exciting so just bare with the tutorial.

Installation

  1. Download - Choose only one of the 2 links below then, Right Click Save link as...
    32-bit cURL - (this is the safer choice)
    64-bit cURL
  2. Extract the contents - extract the contents into an easy-to-remember location
  3. Copy only the executable file curl.exe and Paste it to C:\Windows\System32
  4. Congratulations! - Installation is as easy as that.

Usage

  1. Open the Command Prompt - Click the Start Menu and in the textbox Type "cmd". Press Enter
  2. Execute your first cURL - In the Command Prompt, Type "curl http://www.google.com"

    or you can also try publicly available data from Facebook
    http://graph.facebook.com/zuck
    http://graph.facebook.com/cocacola
    or even the public data from the World Bank
    http://api.worldbank.org/countries/ph?format=json
cURL is used mainly by developers to test the output of web services. Enjoy!

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