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The fastest URL transfer library for Node.js.

libcurl bindings for Node.js. libcurl official description:

libcurl is a free and easy-to-use client-side URL transfer library, supporting DICT, FILE, FTP, FTPS, Gopher, HTTP, HTTPS, IMAP, IMAPS, LDAP, LDAPS, POP3, POP3S, RTMP, RTSP, SCP, SFTP, SMTP, SMTPS, Telnet and TFTP. libcurl supports SSL certificates, HTTP POST, HTTP PUT, FTP uploading, HTTP form based upload, proxies, cookies, user+password authentication (Basic, Digest, NTLM, Negotiate, Kerberos), file transfer resume, http proxy tunneling and more!

Quick Start


npm i node-libcurl --save


yarn add node-libcurl

Simple Request - Async / Await using curly

this API is experimental and is subject to changes without a major version bump

const { curly } = require('node-libcurl');

const { statusCode, data, headers } = await curly.get('')

Any option can be passed using their FULLNAME or a lowerPascalCase format:

const querystring = require('querystring');
const { curly } = require('node-libcurl');

const { statusCode, data, headers } = await'', {
  postFields: querystring.stringify({
    field: 'value',
  // can use `postFields` or `POSTFIELDS`

JSON POST example:

const { curly } = require('node-libcurl')
const { data } = await'', {
  postFields: JSON.stringify({ field: 'value' }),
  httpHeader: [
    'Content-Type: application/json',
    'Accept: application/json'


Simple Request - Using Curl class

const { Curl } = require('node-libcurl');

const curl = new Curl();

curl.setOpt('URL', '');
curl.setOpt('FOLLOWLOCATION', true);

curl.on('end', function (statusCode, data, headers) {;'---');;'---'); 'TOTAL_TIME'));

curl.on('error', curl.close.bind(curl));

Setting HTTP headers

Pass an array of strings specifying headers

  ['Content-Type: application/x-amz-json-1.1'])

Form Submission (Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded)

const querystring = require('querystring');
const { Curl } = require('node-libcurl');

const curl = new Curl();
const close = curl.close.bind(curl);

curl.setOpt(Curl.option.URL, '');
curl.setOpt(Curl.option.POST, true)
curl.setOpt(Curl.option.POSTFIELDS, querystring.stringify({
  field: 'value',

curl.on('end', close);
curl.on('error', close);

MultiPart Upload / HttpPost libcurl Option (Content-Type: multipart/form-data)

const { Curl } = require('node-libcurl');

const curl = new Curl();
const close = curl.close.bind(curl);

curl.setOpt(Curl.option.URL, '');
curl.setOpt(Curl.option.HTTPPOST, [
    { name: 'input-name', file: '/file/path', type: 'text/html' },
    { name: 'input-name2', contents: 'field-contents' }

curl.on('end', close);
curl.on('error', close);

Binary Data

When requesting binary data make sure to do one of these:

curl.setOpt('WRITEFUNCTION', (buffer, size, nmemb) => {
  // something
  • Enable one of the following flags:
// or

The reasoning behind this is that by default, the Curl instance will try to decode the received data and headers to utf8 strings, as can be seen here:

For more examples check the examples folder.


API documentation for the latest stable version is available at

Develop branch documentation is available at

This library provides Typescript type definitions.

Almost all CURL options are supported, if you pass one that is not, an error will be thrown.

For more usage examples check the examples folder.

Special Notes


The buffer passed as first parameter to the callback set with the READFUNCTION option is initialized with the size libcurl is using in their upload buffer (which can be set with UPLOAD_BUFFERSIZE), this is initialized using node::Buffer::Data(buf); which is basically the same than Buffer#allocUnsafe and therefore, it has all the implications as to its correct usage:

So, be careful, make sure to return exactly the amount of data you have written to the buffer on this callback. Only that specific amount is going to be copied and handed over to libcurl.

Common Issues



See ./benchmark



Supported Libcurl Versions

The addon is only tested against libcurl version 7.50.0 and the latest one available.

The code itself is made to compile with any version greater than 7.32.0, any libcurl version lower than that is not supported.

For Enterprise

node-libcurl is available as part of the Tidelift Subscription.

The maintainers of node-libcurl and thousands of other packages are working with Tidelift to deliver commercial support and maintenance for the open source dependencies you use to build your applications. Save time, reduce risk, and improve code health, while paying the maintainers of the exact dependencies you use. Learn more.

Detailed Installation

The latest version of this package has prebuilt binaries (thanks to node-pre-gyp) available for:

  • node.js: Latest two versions on active LTS (see
  • electron: Latest 3 major versions
  • nw.js (node-webkit): Latest 3 major (minor for nw.js case) versions

And on the following platforms:

  • Linux 64 bits
  • Mac OS X 64 bits
  • Windows 32 and 64 bits

Installing with yarn add node-libcurl or npm install node-libcurl should download a prebuilt binary and no compilation will be needed. However if you are trying to install on nw.js or electron additional steps will be required, check their corresponding section below.

The prebuilt binary is statically built with the following library versions, features and protocols (library versions may change between Node.js versions):

Version: libcurl/7.64.1 OpenSSL/1.1.0j zlib/1.2.11 brotli/1.0.7 libidn2/2.1.1 libssh2/1.8.2 nghttp2/1.34.0
Features: AsynchDNS, IDN, IPv6, Largefile, NTLM, NTLM_WB, SSL, libz, brotli, TLS-SRP, HTTP2, UnixSockets, HTTPS-proxy
Protocols: dict, file, ftp, ftps, gopher, http, https, imap, imaps, ldap, ldaps, pop3, pop3s, rtsp, scp, sftp, smb, smbs, smtp, smtps, telnet, tftp

If there is no prebuilt binary available that matches your system, or if the installation fails, then you will need an environment capable of compiling Node.js addons, which means python 2.7 installed and an updated C++ compiler able to compile C++11.

If you don't want to use the prebuilt binary even if it works on your system, you can pass a flag when installing:

With npm

npm install node-libcurl --build-from-source

With yarn

npm_config_build_from_source=true yarn add node-libcurl

Important Notes on Prebuilt Binaries / Direct Installation

Those notes are not important when building on Windows

The prebuilt binaries are statically linked with brotli, libidn2, libssh2, openLDAP, OpenSSL nghttp2 and zlib.

The brotli, nghttp2, OpenSSL and zlib versions must match the version Node.js uses, this is necessary to avoid any possible issues by mixing library symbols of different versions, since Node.js also exports some of the symbols of their deps.

In case you are building the addon yourself with the libraries mentioned above, you must make sure their version is ABI compatible with the one Node.js uses, otherwise you are probably going to hit a Segmentation Fault.

If you want to build a statically linked version of the addon yourself, you need to pass the curl_static_build=true flag when calling install.

If using npm:

npm install node-libcurl --build-from-source --curl_static_build=true

If using yarn:

npm_config_build_from_source=true npm_config_curl_static_build=true yarn add node-libcurl

The build process will use curl-config available on path, if you want to overwrite it to your own libcurl installation one, you can set the curl_config_bin variable, like mentioned above for curl_static_build.

And if you don't want to use curl-config, you can pass two extra variables to control the build process:

  • curl_include_dirs Space separated list of directories to search for header files
  • curl_libraries Space separated list of flags to pass to the linker

Missing Packages

The statically linked version currently does not have support for GSS-API, SPNEGO, KERBEROS, RTMP, Metalink, PSL and Alt-svc.

The scripts to build Kerberos exists on the ./scripts/ci folder, but it was removed for two reasons:

  • If built with Heimdal, the addon becomes too big
  • If built with MIT Kerberos, the addon would be bound to their licensing terms.

Electron / NW.js

If building for a Electron or NW.js you need to pass additional parameters to the install command.

If you do not want to use the prebuilt binary, pass the npm_config_build_from_source=true / --build-from-source flag to the install command.

NW.js (aka node-webkit)

For building from source on NW.js you first need to make sure you have nw-gyp installed globally: yarn global add nw-gyp or npm i -g nw-gyp

If on Windows, you also need addition steps, currently the available on nw-gyp is not working with this addon, so it's necessary to apply a patch to it. The patch can be found on ./scripts/ci/patches/, and should be applied to the file on <nw-gyp-folder>/src/



npm_config_runtime=node-webkit npm_config_target=0.38.2 yarn add node-libcurl


npm install node-libcurl --runtime=node-webkit --target=0.38.2 --save

where --target is the current version of NW.js you are using

electron (aka atom-shell)


npm_config_runtime=electron npm_config_target=$(yarn --silent electron --version) npm_config_disturl= yarn add node-libcurl


npm install node-libcurl --runtime=electron --target=$(yarn --silent electron --version) --disturl= --save

Where --target is the version of electron you are using, in our case, we are just using the version returned by the locally installed electron binary.

You can also put those args in a .npmrc file, like so:

runtime = electron
target = 5.0.1
target_arch = x64
dist_url =

Building on Linux

To build the addon on linux based systems you must have:

  • gcc >= 4.8
  • libcurl dev files
  • python 2.7

If you are on a debian based system, you can get those by running:

sudo apt-get install python libcurl4-openssl-dev build-essential

If you don't want to use the libcurl version shipped with your system, since it's probably very old, you can install libcurl from source, for the addon to use that libcurl version you can use the variable mentioned above, curl_config_bin.

In case you want some examples check the CI configuration files (.travis.yml, .circleci/config.yml) and the scripts/ci/ folder.

Building on macOS

On macOS you must have:

  • macOS >= 10.12 (Sierra)
  • Xcode Command Line Tools

You can check if you have Xcode Command Line Tools be running:

xcode-select -p

It should return their path, in case it returns nothing, you must install it by running:

xcode-select --install

Xcode >= 10 | macOS >= Mojave

In case you have errors installing the addon from source, and you are using macOS version >= Mojave, check if the error you are receiving is the following one:

  CXX(target) Release/
  clang: error: no such file or directory: '/usr/include'

If that is the case, it's because newer versions of the Command Line Tools does not add the /usr/include folder by default. Check Xcode 10 release notes for details.

The /usr/include is now available on $(xcrun --show-sdk-path)/usr/include. To correctly build libcurl you then need to pass that path to the npm_config_curl_include_dirs environment variable:

npm_config_curl_include_dirs="$(xcrun --show-sdk-path)/usr/include" yarn add node-libcurl

Building on Windows

If installing using a prebuilt binary you only need to have the visual c++ 2017 runtime library.

If building from source, you must have:

Python 2.7 and the Visual Studio compiler can be installed by running:

npm install --global --production windows-build-tools

nasm can be obtained from their website, which is linked above, or using chocolatey:

cinst nasm

Currently there is no support to use other libcurl version than the one provided by the curl-for-windows submodule (help is appreciated on adding this feature).

An important note about building the addon on Windows is that we have to do some "hacks" with the header files included by node-gyp/nw-gyp. The reason for that is because as we are using a standalone version of OpenSSL, we don't want to use the OpenSSL headers provided by Node.js, which are by default added to <nw-gyp-or-node-gyp-folder>/include/node/openssl, so what we do is that before compilation that folder is renamed to openssl.disabled. After a successful installation the folder is renamed back to their original name, however if any error happens during compilation the folder will stay renamed until the addon is compiled successfully. More info on why that was needed and some context can be found on issue #164.

Getting Help

If your question is directly related to the addon or their usage, you can get help the following ways:

  • Post a question on stack-overflow and use the node-libcurl tag.
  • Join our Discord server and send your question there.



Donations / Patreon

Some people have been asking if there are any means to support my work, I've created a patreon page for that:

If you want to donate via PayPal, use the same e-mail that is available on my GitHub profile:

And thanks for reading till here! 😄

Originally this addon was based on the work from jiangmiao/node-curl, things have changed and most if not all code has been rewritten.

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