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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 25 alternatives to cURL and 18 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to cURL are Postman, aria2, HTTPie and Transmit.

cURL alternatives are mainly HTTP Clients but 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.
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    Wget

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    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.

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    Wget vs cURL opinions
    Most users think Wget is a great alternative to cURL.
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    Wget has better defaults for troubleshooting

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    Postman

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    • Google Chrome

    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.

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  3. aria2 is a multi-protocol & multi-source, cross platform download utility.

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    HTTPie

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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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  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.

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  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.

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    lftp

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Xfce

    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.

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  9. restclient.el

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • GNU Emacs

    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.

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    Truck - Rsync Client

    • Mac

    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.

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