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  • Looking to build the latest cURL from the source?

    cURL shipped with the OS may not be up-to-date, and if you need the newest version for a particular requirement, then you need to build from the source.

    Lately, I was testing HTTP/3 using cURL with the default shipped version on CentOS, but that didn’t work. BTW, there are more you can do with cURL.

    [[email protected] ~]# curl --version
    curl 7.29.0 (x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu) libcurl/7.29.0 NSS/3.44 zlib/1.2.7 libidn/1.28 libssh2/1.8.0
    Protocols: dict file ftp ftps gopher http https imap imaps ldap ldaps pop3 pop3s rtsp scp sftp smtp smtps telnet tftp 
    Features: AsynchDNS GSS-Negotiate IDN IPv6 Largefile NTLM NTLM_WB SSL libz unix-sockets 
    [[email protected] ~]#

    However, the latest cURL version (7.67) supports HTTP/3. So, I had only one option – build from the source. This is just one example; you may have some other requirements.

    The following example is for 7.67 (latest as I write) on CentOS 8.x and Ubuntu 20.x. But the procedure remains the same for any other version.


    Let’s get the required dependencies installed.

    • Update the system. Though this is optional, I prefer doing so. I always have up-to-date installed packages.
    yum update -y
    • Installing the required packages
    yum install wget gcc openssl-devel -y
    • Download the latest cURL source – you can refer to their official download page to know the latest version.
    wget https://curl.haxx.se/download/curl-7.67.0.tar.gz
    • Extract the downloaded gz file
    gunzip -c curl-7.67.0.tar.gz | tar xvf -

    It would create a new folder on the present working directory

    Building cURL on CentOS/RHEL

    Once you’ve downloaded and extracted the latest cURL, it’s time to build them.

    • Go inside the newly created folder after extraction
    cd curl-7.67.0
    • Configure with SSL as below
    ./configure --with-ssl
    • You will see output something like below.
    configure: Configured to build curl/libcurl:
      Host setup:       x86_64-pc-linux-gnu
      Install prefix:   /usr/local
      Compiler:         gcc
       CFLAGS:          -Werror-implicit-function-declaration -O2 -Wno-system-headers -pthread
       LIBS:            -lssl -lcrypto -lssl -lcrypto -lz
      curl version:     7.67.0
      SSL:              enabled (OpenSSL)
      SSH:              no      (--with-libssh2)
      zlib:             enabled
      brotli:           no      (--with-brotli)
      GSS-API:          no      (--with-gssapi)
      TLS-SRP:          no      (--enable-tls-srp)
      resolver:         POSIX threaded
      IPv6:             enabled
      Unix sockets:     enabled
      IDN:              no      (--with-{libidn2,winidn})
      Build libcurl:    Shared=yes, Static=yes
      Built-in manual:  enabled
      --libcurl option: enabled (--disable-libcurl-option)
      Verbose errors:   enabled (--disable-verbose)
      Code coverage:    disabled
      SSPI:             no      (--enable-sspi)
      ca cert bundle:   /etc/pki/tls/certs/ca-bundle.crt
      ca cert path:     no
      ca fallback:      no
      LDAP:             no      (--enable-ldap / --with-ldap-lib / --with-lber-lib)
      LDAPS:            no      (--enable-ldaps)
      RTSP:             enabled
      RTMP:             no      (--with-librtmp)
      Metalink:         no      (--with-libmetalink)
      PSL:              no      (libpsl not found)
      Alt-svc:          no      (--enable-alt-svc)
      HTTP2:            disabled (--with-nghttp2)
      HTTP3:            disabled (--with-ngtcp2, --with-quiche)
      ESNI:             no      (--enable-esni)
      Features:         SSL IPv6 UnixSockets libz AsynchDNS NTLM NTLM_WB HTTPS-proxy
    • Let’s install them
    make install

    It will take a few seconds to complete, and once done; you can verify the version to ensure it has installed successfully.

    Building cURL on Ubuntu

    I assume you have downloaded the latest version as explained in the prerequisite section.

    • Go to the folder where the downloaded cURL is extracted
    • Install the dependencies
    apt-get install -y binutils-common binutils make
    • If you don’t have the above dependencies (binutils) installed then you may get the following error.
    configure: error: ar not found in PATH. Cannot continue without ar.
    • And, it’s time to build now with the configure command.
    ./configure --with-ssl
    • If no error from the above execution, then finally install with the make command.
    make install

    That’s all!


    Use --version to see the version details.

    # curl --version
    curl 7.67.0 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu) libcurl/7.67.0 OpenSSL/1.0.2k-fips zlib/1.2.7
    Release-Date: 2019-11-06
    Protocols: dict file ftp ftps gopher http https imap imaps pop3 pop3s rtsp smb smbs smtp smtps telnet tftp
    Features: AsynchDNS HTTPS-proxy IPv6 Largefile libz NTLM NTLM_WB SSL UnixSockets


    You see, its easy when you have the steps. I hope this helps you install cURL from the source.