Frank Mcgeough | 3 Aug 00:34 2010

Re: request for some simple HTTP response parser applications

On Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 1:27 AM, Colin Hogben <curl <at>> wrote:
Examples are a good way for people to get a feel for how the library works.  However, even if you know there are code examples available, IMO it's quite hard to find them on the website.  Currently there are links from "C API" and "Features".  I think it would be good if they were also referenced from the "Using libcurl" page, the Tutorial and, crucially, in the navigation panel at the top "libcurl index" level.

Colin Hogben

On Aug 2, 2010, at 2:09 PM, Murat Sezgin wrote:

Thanks for this info. I want to use libcurl to parse a HTTP buffer. I couldn't find an example for this purpose on this example page. Is it possible to do this with libcurl? I will pass a HTTP buffer or stream (most probably it will be a char * pointer) and it will parse the header of this buffer/stream.


Libcurl makes this pretty simple (assuming I'm understanding what you're asking). You can use CURLOPT_HEADERFUNCTION and CURLOPT_WRITEHEADER options with curl_easy_setopt to get callbacks for each header received back from your HTTP request. 

Assuming you are writing in C++, for example, you could define a class HttpHeaders 

class HttpHeaders {
     void addHeader(const string& s);

and then setup a static function for the callback : 

size_t CurlCallback::rcvHeaders(void *buffer, size_t size, size_t nmemb, void *userp) {
    char *d = (char*)buffer;
    CHttpHeaders *pHeaders = (HttpHeaders *)(userp);


    int result = 0;
    if (pHeaders != NULL) {
        std::string s = "";
        s.append(d, size * nmemb);
        result = size * nmemb;
    return result;      

then just ensure you set the options properly before executing the request :

curl_easy_setopt(curlHandle, CURLOPT_HEADERFUNCTION, &CurlCallback::rcvHeaders); // our static function
curl_easy_setopt(curlHandle, CURLOPT_WRITEHEADER, &headers); // "headers" is a member variable referencing HttpHeaders

parsing the individual string in a header is dependent upon what language you are using and what headers you expect back. Does this help? 
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