cURL Alternatives for Mac

    There are many alternatives to cURL for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is Wget, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to cURL and 11 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to cURL are aria2 (Free, Open Source), HTTPie (Free, Open Source), Transmit (Paid) and lftp (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Nov 18, 2020

    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.
      Most users think Wget is a great alternative to cURL.
    2. aria2 is a multi-protocol & multi-source, cross platform download utility. The supported protocols are HTTP(S), FTP, BitTorrent (DHT, PEX, MSE/PE), and Metalink.


    3. 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.
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      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 https://api.ctl.io/v2/authentication/login 'username=YOUR.USERNAME' 'password=YOUR.PASSWORD' A similar call using cURL requires header syntax.
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    4. 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.
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    5. 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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      • FreeOpen Source
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      • 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).
    6. A graphical user interface for rsync, which looks-and-feels like a standard FTP client, but uses the rsync protocol ‘under the hood’ to boost transfer speeds. In technical terms, it’s an SSH browser with an rsync transfer engine.
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      • FreeOpen Source
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      RESTClient can be used to test variety of HTTP communications and RESTful webservices. Friendly GUI, rich functionalities.
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    7. Blue Crab is a versatile app that you use to download the contents of a website to your Mac, in whole or in part, and then search it. With Blue Crab you can: • Conduct fast offline browsing and searching of a website.
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    8. kurly is a tool to transfer data from a HTTP(S) server, similar to curl.
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