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NAME

       CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS - specify data to POST to server

SYNOPSIS

       #include <curl/curl.h>

       CURLcode curl_easy_setopt(CURL *handle, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, char *postdata);

DESCRIPTION

       Pass  a  char  * as parameter, pointing to the full data to send in a HTTP POST operation.
       You must make sure that the data is formatted the way you want the server to  receive  it.
       libcurl  will not convert or encode it for you in any way. For example, the web server may
       assume that this data is url-encoded.

       The data pointed to is NOT copied by the library: as a consequence, it must  be  preserved
       by  the calling application until the associated transfer finishes.  This behaviour can be
       changed (so libcurl does copy the data) by setting the CURLOPT_COPYPOSTFIELDS(3) option.

       This POST is a normal application/x-www-form-urlencoded kind (and libcurl  will  set  that
       Content-Type  by  default when this option is used), which is commonly used by HTML forms.
       Change Content-Type with CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER(3).

       You can use curl_easy_escape(3) to url-encode  your  data,  if  necessary.  It  returns  a
       pointer to an encoded string that can be passed as postdata.

       Using CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS(3) implies CURLOPT_POST(3).

       If  CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS(3)  is  explicitly  set to NULL then libcurl will get the POST data
       from the read callback. If you want to send a zero-byte POST set CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS(3)  to
       an empty string, or set CURLOPT_POST(3) to 1 and CURLOPT_POSTFIELDSIZE(3) to 0.

       Using  POST  with HTTP 1.1 implies the use of a "Expect: 100-continue" header, and libcurl
       will add that header automatically if the POST is either known  to  be  larger  than  1024
       bytes   or   if   the  expected  size  is  unknown.  You  can  disable  this  header  with
       CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER(3) as usual.

       To make multipart/formdata posts (aka RFC2388-posts), check  out  the  CURLOPT_HTTPPOST(3)
       option combined with curl_formadd(3).

DEFAULT

       NULL

PROTOCOLS

       HTTP

EXAMPLE

       CURL *curl = curl_easy_init();
       if(curl) {
         const char *data = "data to send";

         curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_URL, "http://example.com");

         /* size of the POST data */
         curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDSIZE, 12L);

         /* pass in a pointer to the data - libcurl will not copy */
         curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, data);

         curl_easy_perform(curl);
       }

AVAILABILITY

       Always

RETURN VALUE

       Returns CURLE_OK

SEE ALSO

       CURLOPT_POSTFIELDSIZE(3), CURLOPT_READFUNCTION(3),