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Is there a way to install cURL in windows in order to run cURL commands from the command prompt?

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Download cURL for Windows from here (and be sure to select it from Win32 - Generic way down on the page).

Then place it in a directory inside your PATH environment variable (ie: C:\Windows\System32) or run it with its full path preceding the executable name.

If you place it in a directory that's inside your PATH, make sure to close and then reopen command prompt to make the command available.

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You don't need to reopen the console if you put it in a directory on the path, you only need to do that if you change the PATH variable. – Eltariel May 11 '12 at 3:24
One hard reboot later because I couldn't kill the task - um, you might wanna be careful with this. – CAD bloke Feb 26 '13 at 9:51
Related; can you also install libraries for https? – CodyBugstein Oct 29 '14 at 19:40

If you install Git for Windows you get Curl automatically too. There are some advantages:

  • Git takes care of the PATH setup during installation automatically.
  • You get the GNU bash, a really powerful shell, in my opinion much better than the native Windows console.
  • You get many other useful Linux tools like tail, cat, grep, gzip, pdftotext, less, sort, tar, vim and even Perl.

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I didn't know the git bash did the other stuff too :D Thanks a ton! – BRogers Dec 15 '13 at 18:23
worked like a charm! – Pedro Apr 26 '14 at 21:04
This is probably the best all around solution since git is useful for many of the things that curl does but source wise. – cchamberlain May 3 '15 at 5:23

After installing OpenSSL Light, restart Windows, open Command Prompt, then do a test command like:


If you get HTML tags back, it worked.

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How to setup cURL:

  • Download and unzip 64-bit cURL with SSL.
  • Copy the curl.exe file into your Windows PATH folder. By default, this is C:\Windows\System32.
  • Download and install the Visual Studio 2010 C++ Runtime Redistributable 64 bit here.
  • Download the latest bundle of Certficate Authority Public Keys from here.
  • Rename this file from cacert.pem to curl-ca-bundle.crt.
  • Move this file into your Windows PATH folder.

How to test it:

  • Run cmd.exe to open your command prompt.
  • For both commands, you should see a couple pages of the HTML source code. If you see this, cURL is up and running!
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You can install this "cURL for Windows": cURL for Windows is an MSI installer for cURL, the popular command-line web transfer tool.

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No need to restart windows but restarting CMD is necessary.

  1. Install cURL from
  2. Set Path environment variable according to location of curl.exe in your machine, something like C:\Users\You\cURL
  3. Download the certificate file from as linked in one of the answers above, and move it to system32 folder.
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For folks that don't literally need the curl executable, but rather just need to e.g. see or save the results of a GET request, can use powershell directly. From a normal command prompt, type:

powershell -Command "(new-object net.webclient).DownloadString('')"

which, while a bit wordy, is similar to typing


in a more Unix-ish environment.

More information about net.webclient is available here: WebClient Methods (System.Net).

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