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cURL1. cURL is a free and open command line tool for transferring files on one of the following supported protocols: HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, FTPS, SCP, SFTP, TFTP, DICT, TELNET, LDAP, or FILE.

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2. A Linux command, see the curl command page for further information.

3. Curl is also an object-oriented programming language created to make the transition between the programming and formatting of interactive web applications more streamlined. That is to say, Curl has the tools to combine text markup (HTML), in-depth computing (Java), and scripting (Javascript) into one language. It is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and gets its name from the curly brackets used to format the language.

Also see: Internet terms, Network terms, Object oriented, URL