Making GET Requests with Curl
Curl, short for Client for URLs, is a command line tool that allows us to transfer data to and from a server. It is free and open-sourced. It supports multiple protocols, including HTTP. Find out more at curl documentation or their source code
Why use Curl?
Curl provides an easy way to make requests to a server from the command line or from inside a script. It is especially helpful for testing APIs while building applications because making a request with curl allows you to hit endpoints for which the corresponding user interfaces do not yet exist.
We can easily use curl on any CLI.
Or we can install extensions for better visualization:
1. Install REST Client
2. Create/Open a new File
3. Ctrl+Shift+P and Change Language Mode to HTTP
4. Type in curl commands and start requesting!
curl --request GET www.google.com
5. Other Alternatives
- Thunder Client Someone wrote a nice article here
Top comments (1)
Thanks for the article. A brief follow up:
You can save the newly created files with the extension
.http(I believe this is suggested), then you can configure your OS to associate
*.httpfiles with Visual Studio Code and then you have nifty little
curlsnippets at your disposal from your file system