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    Best cURL Alternatives

    cURL is described as 'computer software project providing a library and command-line tool for transferring data using various protocols with URL syntax: supporting FTP, FTPS, SCP, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS, TFTP, TELNET, DICT, LDAP, LDAPS and FILE' and is a very popular HTTP Client in the os & utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to cURL for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD and Android. The best alternative is Wget, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like cURL are aria2, Postman, HTTPie and Transmit.

    cURL is mainly a HTTP Client but alternatives to it may also be Download Managers or API Clients. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of cURL.
    This page was last updated May 6, 2022
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Cygwin
    • Haiku
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    1. GNU Wget is a free software package for retrieving files using HTTP(S) and FTP, the most widely-used Internet protocols. It is a non-interactive command line tool, so it may easily be called from scripts, cron jobs, terminals without X-Windows support, etc.
      Wget vs cURL opinions
      Most users think Wget is a great alternative to cURL.
      ab1 [Wget](// has better defaults for troubleshooting
      Positive comment 22 days ago

    2. aria2 is a multi-protocol & multi-source, cross platform download utility.
    3. Postman is a tool that facilitates the development and use of APIs. Postman provides all the functionality needed to create or simulate API specifications and use the Postman Collection Runner to create tests.
    4. HTTPie—aitch-tee-tee-pie—is a user-friendly command-line HTTP client for the API era. It comes with JSON support, syntax highlighting, persistent sessions, wget-like downloads, plugins, and more.
      HTTPie vs cURL opinions
      Almost everyone thinks HTTPie is a great alternative to cURL.
      Like cURL, HTTPie also has JSON support, but HTTPie reduces syntax by leaving out the header syntax. This makes a test call to an API easier to remember. Avoiding time spent reviewing a doc. For example: $ http POST 'username=YOUR.USERNAME' 'password=YOUR.PASSWORD' A similar call using cURL requires header syntax.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

    5. The gold standard of macOS file transfer apps just drove into the future. Transmit 5 is here. Upload, download, and manage files on tons of servers with an easy, familiar, and powerful UI. It’s quite good.
    6. xh is a friendly and fast tool for sending HTTP requests. It reimplements as much as possible of HTTPie's excellent design, with a focus on improved performance.
    7. lftp is a command-line file transfer program which besides FTP, also supports FTPS, HTTP, HTTPS, HFTP, FISH, and SFTP. A BitTorrent client is also built-in as torrent command.
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    8. If you like the interface of HTTPie but miss the features of curl, curlie is what you are searching for. Curlie is a frontend to curl that adds the ease of use of httpie, without compromising on features and performance.
    9. This is a tool to manually explore and test HTTP REST webservices. Runs queries from a plain-text query sheet, displays results as a pretty-printed XML, JSON and even images.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Firefox
      Download files using curl or wget. This addon generates curl/wget commands that emulate the request as though it's coming from your browser allowing you to download protected files directly to a separate machine (e.g. server).


      last updated: Apr 19, 2015

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