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CURLOPT_HEADER explained

NAME

CURLOPT_HEADER - pass headers to the data stream

SYNOPSIS

#include <curl/curl.h>

CURLcode curl_easy_setopt(CURL *handle, CURLOPT_HEADER, long onoff);

DESCRIPTION

Pass the long value onoff set to 1 to ask libcurl to include the headers in the write callback (CURLOPT_WRITEFUNCTION). This option is relevant for protocols that actually have headers or other meta-data (like HTTP and FTP).

When asking to get the headers passed to the same callback as the body, it is not possible to accurately separate them again without detailed knowledge about the protocol in use.

Further: the fCURLOPT_WRITEFUNCTION(3) callback is limited to only ever get a maximum of CURL_MAX_WRITE_SIZE bytes passed to it (16KB), while a header can be longer and the CURLOPT_HEADERFUNCTION supports getting called with headers up to CURL_MAX_HTTP_HEADER bytes big (100KB).

It is often better to use CURLOPT_HEADERFUNCTION to get the header data separately.

While named confusingly similar, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER is used to set custom HTTP headers!

DEFAULT

0

PROTOCOLS

Most

EXAMPLE

CURL *curl = curl_easy_init();
if(curl) {
  curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_URL, "http://example.com");
 
  curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_HEADER, 1L);
 
  curl_easy_perform(curl);
}

RETURN VALUE

Returns CURLE_OK.

SEE ALSO

CURLOPT_HEADERFUNCTION, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER

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