XVIII. CURL, Client URL Library Functions
PHP supports libcurl, a library created by Daniel Stenberg, that allows you to connect and communicate to many different types of servers with many different types of protocols. libcurl currently supports the http, https, ftp, gopher, telnet, dict, file, and ldap protocols. libcurl also supports HTTPS certificates, HTTP POST, HTTP PUT, FTP uploading (this can also be done with PHP's ftp extension), HTTP form based upload, proxies, cookies, and user+password authentication.
These functions have been added in PHP 4.0.2.
In order to use PHP's cURL functions you need to install the libcurl package. PHP requires that you use libcurl 7.0.2-beta or higher. In PHP 4.2.3, you will need libcurl version 7.9.0 or higher. From PHP 4.3.0, you will need a libcurl version that's 7.9.8 or higher. PHP 5.0.0 requires a libcurl version 7.10.5 or greater.
To use PHP's cURL support you must also compile PHP
--with-curl[=DIR] where DIR is the
location of the directory containing the lib and include
directories. In the "include" directory there should be a folder
named "curl" which should contain the easy.h and
curl.h files. There should be a file named
libcurl.a located in the "lib" directory. Beginning
with PHP 4.3.0 you can configure PHP to use cURL for URL streams
Note to Win32 Users: In order to enable this module on a Windows environment, libeay32.dll and ssleay32.dll must be present in your PATH.
You don't need libcurl.dll from the cURL site.
This extension defines two resource types: a cURL handle and a cURL multi handle.
Once you've compiled PHP with cURL support, you can begin using the cURL functions. The basic idea behind the cURL functions is that you initialize a cURL session using the curl_init(), then you can set all your options for the transfer via the curl_setopt(), then you can execute the session with the curl_exec() and then you finish off your session using the curl_close(). Here is an example that uses the cURL functions to fetch the example.com homepage into a file:
- Table of Contents
- Constants -- Curl Predefined Constants
- curl_close -- Close a cURL session
- curl_copy_handle -- Copy a cURL handle along with all of its preferences
- curl_errno -- Return the last error number
- curl_error -- Return a string containing the last error for the current session
- curl_exec -- Perform a cURL session
- curl_getinfo -- Get information regarding a specific transfer
- curl_init -- Initialize a cURL session
- curl_multi_add_handle -- Add a normal cURL handle to a cURL multi handle
- curl_multi_close -- Close a set of cURL handles
- curl_multi_exec -- Run the sub-connections of the current cURL handle
- curl_multi_getcontent -- Return the content of a cURL handle if CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER is set
- curl_multi_info_read -- Get information about the current transfers
- curl_multi_init -- Returns a new cURL multi handle
- curl_multi_remove_handle -- Remove a multi handle from a set of cURL handles
- curl_multi_select -- Get all the sockets associated with the cURL extension, which can then be "selected"
- curl_setopt_array -- Set multiple options for a cURL transfer
- curl_setopt -- Set an option for a cURL transfer
- curl_version -- Gets cURL version information