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CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS(3) curl_easy_setopt options CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS(3)
CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS - data to POST to server
CURLcode curl_easy_setopt(CURL *handle, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, char *postdata);
Pass a char * as parameter, pointing to the full data to send in an
HTTP POST operation. You must make sure that the data is formatted the
way you want the server to receive it. libcurl will not convert or
encode it for you in any way. For example, the web server may assume
that this data is URL encoded.
The data pointed to is NOT copied by the library: as a consequence, it
must be preserved by the calling application until the associated
transfer finishes. This behavior can be changed (so libcurl does copy
the data) by setting the CURLOPT_COPYPOSTFIELDS(3) option.
This POST is a normal application/x-www-form-urlencoded kind (and
libcurl will set that Content-Type by default when this option is
used), which is commonly used by HTML forms. Change Content-Type with
You can use curl_easy_escape(3) to URL encode your data, if necessary.
It returns a pointer to an encoded string that can be passed as
Using CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS(3) implies setting CURLOPT_POST(3) to 1.
If CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS(3) is explicitly set to NULL then libcurl will
get the POST data from the read callback. If you want to send a zero-
byte POST set CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS(3) to an empty string, or set
CURLOPT_POST(3) to 1 and CURLOPT_POSTFIELDSIZE(3) to 0.
libcurl will use assume this option points to a null-terminated string
unless you also set CURLOPT_POSTFIELDSIZE(3) to specify the length of
the provided data, which then is strictly required if you want to send
off null bytes included in the data.
Using POST with HTTP 1.1 implies the use of a "Expect: 100-continue"
header, and libcurl will add that header automatically if the POST is
either known to be larger than 1MB or if the expected size is unknown.
You can disable this header with CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER(3) as usual.
To make multipart/formdata posts, check out the CURLOPT_MIMEPOST(3)
option combined with curl_mime_init(3).
CURL *curl = curl_easy_init();
const char *data = "data to send";
curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_URL, "https://example.com");
/* size of the POST data */
curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDSIZE, 12L);
/* pass in a pointer to the data - libcurl will not copy */
curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, data);
libcurl 7.87.0 October 17, 2022 CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS(3)