Fun with cURL

I have been working on Linux based machines since I was 15 years old. Yeah, I once wiped out Windows 98 from my own Desktop and tried to install Red Hat Linux (back in late 90s). It was a bit of challenge to install Linux at that time and we used to have competition among school friends for installing Linux.

Well Linux has come a long way and it can now be installed very easily and in different forms – VM, dockers, bare-metal install, cloud etc etc. We leave the installation here and let’s move ahead with some fun part. As and when we grew with Linux, we starting learning some command line tools like ‘pwd’ ‘as present working directory’, ‘cat’ prints the content of a file, ‘df -h’ tells the storage details. When combined together or written as a script, they can do wonders.

One such command is ‘curl (cURL)’, can also be read as ‘Client URL’. cURL is essentially a tool which can be used to transfer data using various protocols such as HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, FTPS, SCP, SFTP, TFTP, LDAP, DAP, DICT, TELNET, FILE, IMAP, POP3, SMTP and RTSP.


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