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Networking client functionality as provided by libcurl. The libcurl library must be installed on the system in order to use this module.


You may need to link to the curl library, e.g. by adding "libs": ["curl"] to your dub.json file if you are using DUB.

Windows x86 note: A DMD compatible libcurl static library can be downloaded from the download page.

Compared to using libcurl directly this module allows simpler client code for common uses, requires no unsafe operations, and integrates better with the rest of the language. Futhermore it provides range access to protocols supported by libcurl both synchronously and asynchronously.

A high level and a low level API are available. The high level API is built entirely on top of the low level one.

The high level API is for commonly used functionality such as HTTP/FTP get. The byLineAsync and byChunkAsync provides asynchronous ranges that performs the request in another thread while handling a line/chunk in the current thread.

The low level API allows for streaming and other advanced features.

Cheat Sheet
Function Name Description
    High level
download download("", "/tmp/downloaded-ftp-file") downloads file from URL to file system.
upload upload("/tmp/downloaded-ftp-file", ""); uploads file from file system to URL.
get get("") returns a char[] containing the web page.
put put("", "Hi") returns a char[] containing the web page. after a HTTP PUT of "hi"
post post("", "Hi") returns a char[] containing the web page. after a HTTP POST of "hi"
byLine byLine("") returns a range of char[] containing the web page.
byChunk byChunk("", 10) returns a range of ubyte[10] containing the web page.
byLineAsync byLineAsync("") returns a range of char[] containing the web page asynchronously.
byChunkAsync byChunkAsync("", 10) returns a range of ubyte[10] containing the web page asynchronously.
    Low level
HTTP HTTP struct for advanced usage
FTP FTP struct for advanced usage
SMTP SMTP struct for advanced usage


import, std.stdio;

// Return a char[] containing the content specified by a URL
auto content = get("");

// Post data and return a char[] containing the content specified by a URL
auto content = post("", ["name1" : "value1", "name2" : "value2"]);

// Get content of file from ftp server
auto content = get("");

// Post and print out content line by line. The request is done in another thread.
foreach (line; byLineAsync("", "Post data"))

// Get using a line range and proxy settings
auto client = HTTP();
client.proxy = "";
foreach (line; byLine("", client))

For more control than the high level functions provide, use the low level API:


import, std.stdio;

// GET with custom data receivers
auto http = HTTP("");
http.onReceiveHeader =
    (in char[] key, in char[] value) { writeln(key, ": ", value); };
http.onReceive = (ubyte[] data) { /+ drop +/ return data.length; };

First, an instance of the reference-counted HTTP struct is created. Then the custom delegates are set. These will be called whenever the HTTP instance receives a header and a data buffer, respectively. In this simple example, the headers are written to stdout and the data is ignored. If the request should be stopped before it has finished then return something less than data.length from the onReceive callback. See onReceiveHeader/onReceive for more information. Finally the HTTP request is effected by calling perform(), which is synchronous.


The functionally is based on libcurl. LibCurl is licensed under an MIT/X derivative license.


Name Description
byChunk HTTP/FTP fetch content as a range of chunks.
byChunkAsync HTTP/FTP fetch content as a range of chunks asynchronously.
byLine HTTP/FTP fetch content as a range of lines.
byLineAsync HTTP/FTP fetch content as a range of lines asynchronously.
connect HTTP connect request.
del HTTP/FTP delete content.
download HTTP/FTP download to local file system.
get HTTP/FTP get content.
options HTTP options request.
patch HTTP patch content.
post HTTP post content.
put HTTP/FTP put content.
trace HTTP trace request.
upload Upload file from local files system using the HTTP or FTP protocol.


Name Description
CurlException Exception thrown on errors in functions.
CurlTimeoutException Exception thrown on timeout errors in functions.
HTTPStatusException Exception thrown on HTTP request failures, e.g. 404 Not Found.


Name Description
Curl Wrapper to provide a better interface to libcurl than using the plain C API. It is recommended to use the HTTP/FTP etc. structs instead unless raw access to libcurl is needed.
FTP FTP client functionality.
HTTP HTTP client functionality.
SMTP Basic SMTP protocol support.


Name Type Description
CurlCode int Equal to etc.c.curl.CURLcode
ThrowOnError std.typecons Flag to specify whether or not an exception is thrown on error.


Jonas Drewsen. Some of the SMTP code contributed by Jimmy Cao.


Boost License 1.0.