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curl_url_get(3) libcurl Manual curl_url_get(3)


curl_url_get - extract a part from a URL


#include <curl/curl.h>

CURLUcode curl_url_get(CURLU *url,

CURLUPart what,
char **part,
unsigned int flags)


Given the url handle of an already parsed URL, this function lets the user extract individual pieces from it.

The what argument should be the particular part to extract (see list below) and part points to a 'char *' to get updated to point to a newly allocated string with the contents.

The flags argument is a bitmask with individual features.

The returned part pointer must be freed with curl_free(3) after use.


The flags argument is zero, one or more bits set in a bitmask.

If the handle has no port stored, this option will make curl_url_get(3) return the default port for the used scheme.
If the handle has no scheme stored, this option will make curl_url_get(3) return the default scheme instead of error.
Instructs curl_url_get(3) to not return a port number if it matches the default port for the scheme.
Asks curl_url_get(3) to URL decode the contents before returning it. It will not attempt to decode the scheme, the port number or the full URL.

The query component will also get plus-to-space conversion as a bonus when this bit is set.

Note that this URL decoding is charset unaware and you will get a zero terminated string back with data that could be intended for a particular encoding.

If there's any byte values lower than 32 in the decoded string, the get operation will return an error instead.


When asked to return the full URL, curl_url_get(3) will return a normalized and possibly cleaned up version of what was previously parsed.
Scheme cannot be URL decoded on get.
The host name. If it is an IPv6 numeric address, the zoneid will not be part of it but is provided separately in CURLUPART_ZONEID. IPv6 numerical addresses are returned within brackets ([]).
If the host name is a numeric IPv6 address, this field might also be set.
Port cannot be URL decoded on get.
The query part will also get pluses converted to space when asked to URL decode on get with the CURLU_URLDECODE bit.


Returns a CURLUcode error value, which is CURLUE_OK (0) if everything went fine.

If this function returns an error, no URL part is returned.


CURLUcode rc;
CURLU *url = curl_url();
rc = curl_url_set(url, CURLUPART_URL, "", 0);
if(!rc) {
char *scheme;
rc = curl_url_get(url, CURLUPART_SCHEME, &scheme, 0);
if(!rc) {
printf("the scheme is %s\n", scheme);


Added in curl 7.62.0. CURLUPART_ZONEID was added in 7.65.0.


curl_url_cleanup(3), curl_url(3), curl_url_set(3), curl_url_dup(3),

November 5, 2020 libcurl 7.74.0