For some unknown reason, the devs included "curl" as an alias for Invoke-WebRequest, even though it is not compatible with the proper implementation of curl, which means it gets in the way when I try to make a curl request. I can remove the alias using Remove-Item alias:curl, but next time I start Powershell, the alias has returned. Is there a way to remove it permanently without having to run a script every time I start?


Skip this step if you already have a Powershell profile:

New-Item $profile -force -itemtype file

Then edit your profile:

notepad $profile

Add the following line to it:

remove-item alias:curl

Save, close notepad and reload the profile with the command below or close and open Powershell to apply the profile:

. $profile
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    Thanks. I must say it's annoying that the powershell developers didn't think this through, forcing us to now have to work around the issue in this way. – Nathan Ridley Mar 17 '15 at 2:12
  • I don't think it's meant to be a 1:1 replacement. Powershell focuses on an overarching use of a defined set of parameters and automatic parameter binding (which is really great once you get into it). Providing the curl alias is to show folks accustomed to *nix that there is a curl equivalent in Powershell. – megamorf Mar 17 '15 at 7:32
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    The first step can always be skipped. I just did, and got a pop-up asking if I wanted to create the file. – np8 Aug 23 '17 at 17:12
  • FYI: For some aliases, you will need to append "-Force" – Dan Friedman May 1 '18 at 18:40
  • The "funny" thing is that even azure docs show curl commands to quickly test out thing. Real curl commands, not Invoke-WebRequest syntax... – Akos Lukacs Oct 4 '18 at 12:53

I'd stick with using curl.exe instead of just curl. This approach doesn't rely on PowerShell running with particular profile (and PowerShell could be run with no profile at all using -NoProfile switch).


add Remove-Item alias:cur to powershell autorun script

above XP,2003:



%USERPROFILE%\My Documents\msh\profile.msh
%USERPROFILE%\My Documents\msh\Microsoft.Management.Automation.msh_profile.msh

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