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get the TLS certificate chain


#include <curl/curl.h>

CURLcode curl_easy_getinfo(CURL *handle, CURLINFO_CERTINFO,
                           struct curl_certinfo **chainp);


Pass a pointer to a struct curl_certinfo * and it is set to point to a struct that holds info about the server's certificate chain, assuming you had CURLOPT_CERTINFO(3) enabled when the request was made.

struct curl_certinfo {
  int num_of_certs;
  struct curl_slist **certinfo;

The certinfo struct member is an array of linked lists of certificate information. The num_of_certs struct member is the number of certificates which is the number of elements in the array. Each certificate's list has items with textual information in the format "name:content" such as "Subject:Foo", "Issuer:Bar", etc. The items in each list varies depending on the SSL backend and the certificate.


All TLS based protocols: HTTPS, FTPS, IMAPS, POP3S, SMTPS etc.

This option works only with the following TLS backends: GnuTLS, OpenSSL, Schannel and Secure Transport


int main(void)
  CURL *curl = curl_easy_init();
  if(curl) {
    CURLcode res;
    curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_URL, "https://www.example.com/");

    /* connect to any HTTPS site, trusted or not */
    curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, 0L);
    curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYHOST, 0L);

    curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_CERTINFO, 1L);

    res = curl_easy_perform(curl);

    if(!res) {
      int i;
      struct curl_certinfo *ci;
      res = curl_easy_getinfo(curl, CURLINFO_CERTINFO, &ci);

      if(!res) {
        printf("%d certs!\n", ci->num_of_certs);

        for(i = 0; i < ci->num_of_certs; i++) {
          struct curl_slist *slist;

          for(slist = ci->certinfo[i]; slist; slist = slist->next)
            printf("%s\n", slist->data);

See also the certinfo.c example.


This option is only working in libcurl built with OpenSSL, GnuTLS, Schannel or Secure Transport. GnuTLS support added in 7.42.0. Schannel support added in 7.50.0. Secure Transport support added in 7.79.0.

Added in 7.19.1

Return Value

Returns CURLE_OK if the option is supported, and CURLE_UNKNOWN_OPTION if not.

See Also

CURLINFO_CAPATH(3), curl_easy_getinfo(3), curl_easy_setopt(3)

Referenced By

curl_easy_getinfo(3), CURLOPT_CERTINFO(3).

2024-05-22 libcurl