curl_easy_recv man page

curl_easy_recv ā€” receives raw data on an "easy" connection

Synopsis

#include <curl/easy.h>

CURLcode curl_easy_recv( CURL *curl, void *buffer, size_t buflen, size_t *n);

Description

This function receives raw data from the established connection. You may use it together with curl_easy_send(3) to implement custom protocols using libcurl. This functionality can be particularly useful if you use proxies and/or SSL encryption: libcurl will take care of proxy negotiation and connection set-up.

buffer is a pointer to your buffer that will get the received data. buflen is the maximum amount of data you can get in that buffer. The variable n points to will receive the number of received bytes.

To establish the connection, set CURLOPT_CONNECT_ONLY(3) option before calling curl_easy_perform(3) or curl_multi_perform(3). Note that curl_easy_recv(3) does not work on connections that were created without this option.

The call will return CURLE_AGAIN if there is no data to read - the socket is used in non-blocking mode internally. When CURLE_AGAIN is returned, use your operating system facilities like select(2) to wait for data. The socket may be obtained using curl_easy_getinfo(3) with CURLINFO_ACTIVESOCKET(3).

Wait on the socket only if curl_easy_recv(3) returns CURLE_AGAIN. The reason for this is libcurl or the SSL library may internally cache some data, therefore you should call curl_easy_recv(3) until all data is read which would include any cached data.

Furthermore if you wait on the socket and it tells you there is data to read, curl_easy_recv(3) may return CURLE_AGAIN if the only data that was read was for internal SSL processing, and no other data is available.

Availability

Added in 7.18.2.

Return Value

On success, returns CURLE_OK, stores the received data into buffer, and the number of bytes it actually read into *n.

On failure, returns the appropriate error code.

The function may return CURLE_AGAIN. In this case, use your operating system facilities to wait until data can be read, and retry.

Reading exactly 0 bytes indicates a closed connection.

If there's no socket available to use from the previous transfer, this function returns CURLE_UNSUPPORTED_PROTOCOL.

Example

See sendrecv.c in docs/examples directory for usage example.

See Also

curl_easy_setopt(3), curl_easy_perform(3), curl_easy_getinfo(3), curl_easy_send(3)

Referenced By

curl_easy_send(3), CURLOPT_CONNECT_ONLY(3), libcurl-errors(3).

December 18, 2016 libcurl 7.55.1 libcurl Manual