curl_easy_cleanup man page

curl_easy_cleanup ā€” End a libcurl easy handle


#include <curl/curl.h>

void curl_easy_cleanup(CURL *handle);


This function must be the last function to call for an easy session. It is the opposite of the curl_easy_init(3) function and must be called with the same handle as input that a curl_easy_init(3) call returned.

This might close all connections this handle has used and possibly has kept open until now - unless it was attached to a multi handle while doing the transfers. Don't call this function if you intend to transfer more files, re-using handles is a key to good performance with libcurl.

Occasionally you may get your progress callback or header callback called from within curl_easy_cleanup(3) (if previously set for the handle using curl_easy_setopt(3)). Like if libcurl decides to shut down the connection and the protocol is of a kind that requires a command/response sequence before disconnect. Examples of such protocols are FTP, POP3 and IMAP.

Any use of the handle after this function has been called and have returned, is illegal. curl_easy_cleanup(3) kills the handle and all memory associated with it!

Passing in a NULL pointer in handle will make this function return immediately with no action.

Old Times

For libcurl versions before 7.17,: after you've called this function, you can safely remove all the strings you've previously told libcurl to use, as it won't use them anymore now.

Return Value



CURL *curl = curl_easy_init();
if(curl) {
  CURLcode res;
  curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_URL, "");
  res = curl_easy_perform(curl);

See Also

curl_easy_init(3), curl_easy_duphandle(3), curl_easy_reset(3), curl_multi_cleanup(3), curl_multi_remove_handle(3)

Referenced By

curl_easy_duphandle(3), curl_easy_init(3), curl_easy_pause(3), curl_easy_reset(3), curl_easy_setopt(3), curl_formadd(3), CURLINFO_ACTIVESOCKET(3), CURLINFO_CONTENT_TYPE(3), CURLINFO_EFFECTIVE_URL(3), CURLINFO_FTP_ENTRY_PATH(3), CURLINFO_LOCAL_IP(3), CURLINFO_PRIMARY_IP(3), CURLINFO_RTSP_SESSION_ID(3), CURLINFO_SCHEME(3), curl_multi_add_handle(3), curl_multi_cleanup(3), curl_multi_info_read(3), CURLOPT_COOKIEJAR(3), CURLOPT_ERRORBUFFER(3), libcurl(3), libcurl-easy(3), libcurl-multi(3), libcurl-tutorial(3).

August 09, 2018 libcurl 7.61.1 libcurl Manual