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curl_easy_perform - perform a file transfer synchronously


curl_easy_perform - perform a blocking file transfer


#include <curl/curl.h>
CURLcode curl_easy_perform(CURL *easy_handle);


Invoke this function after curl_easy_init and all the curl_easy_setopt calls are made, and it performs the transfer as described in the options. It must be called with the same easy_handle as input as the curl_easy_init call returned.

curl_easy_perform performs the entire request in a blocking manner and returns when done, or earlier if it fails. For non-blocking behavior, see curl_multi_perform.

You can do any amount of calls to curl_easy_perform while using the same easy_handle. If you intend to transfer more than one file, you are even encouraged to do so. libcurl will then attempt to re-use the same connection for the following transfers, thus making the operations faster, less CPU intense and using less network resources. Just note that you will have to use curl_easy_setopt between the invokes to set options for the following curl_easy_perform.

You must never call this function simultaneously from two places using the same easy_handle. Let the function return first before invoking it another time. If you want parallel transfers, you must use several curl easy_handles.

A network transfer moves data to a peer or from a peer. An application tells libcurl how to receive data by setting the CURLOPT_WRITEFUNCTION and CURLOPT_WRITEDATA options. To tell libcurl what data to send, there are a few more alternatives but two common ones are CURLOPT_READFUNCTION and CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS.

While the easy_handle is added to a multi handle, it cannot be used by curl_easy_perform.


CURL *curl = curl_easy_init();
if(curl) {
  CURLcode res;
  curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_URL, "");
  res = curl_easy_perform(curl);



Return value

CURLE_OK (0) means everything was OK, non-zero means an error occurred as <curl/curl.h> defines - see libcurl-errors. If the CURLOPT_ERRORBUFFER was set with curl_easy_setopt there will be a readable error message in the error buffer when non-zero is returned.

See also

curl_easy_init(3), curl_easy_setopt(3), curl_multi_add_handle(3), curl_multi_perform(3), libcurl-errors(3),

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