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cpr - C++ Requests

cpr is a modern HTTP library for C++, built for people.

User Guide

This project is maintained by Fabian Sauter and Tim Stack

Curl for People

C++ Requests is a simple wrapper around libcurl inspired by the excellent Python Requests project.

Despite its name, libcurl’s easy interface is anything but, and making mistakes misusing it is a common source of error and frustration. Using the more expressive language facilities of C++11, this library captures the essence of making network calls into a few concise idioms.

Here’s a quick GET request:

#include <cpr/cpr.h>

int main(int argc, char** argv) {
    cpr::Response r = cpr::Get(cpr::Url{"https://api.github.com/repos/libcpr/cpr/contributors"},
                      cpr::Authentication{"user", "pass", cpr::AuthMode::BASIC},
                      cpr::Parameters{{"anon", "true"}, {"key", "value"}});
    r.status_code;                  // 200
    r.header["content-type"];       // application/json; charset=utf-8
    r.text;                         // JSON text string
}

And here’s less functional, more complicated code, without cpr.

Features

C++ Requests currently supports:

Planned

Support for the following will be forthcoming (in rough order of implementation priority):

and much more!

Usage

CMake

If you already have a CMake project you need to integrate C++ Requests with, the primary way is to use fetch_content. Add the following to your CMakeLists.txt.

include(FetchContent)
FetchContent_Declare(cpr GIT_REPOSITORY https://github.com/libcpr/cpr.git
                         GIT_TAG 871ed52d350214a034f6ef8a3b8f51c5ce1bd400) # The commit hash for 1.9.0. Replace with the latest from: https://github.com/libcpr/cpr/releases
FetchContent_MakeAvailable(cpr)

This will produce the target cpr::cpr which you can link against the typical way:

target_link_libraries(your_target_name PRIVATE cpr::cpr)

That should do it! There’s no need to handle libcurl yourself. All dependencies are taken care of for you.
All of this can be found in an example here.

Packages for Linux Distributions

Alternatively, you may install a package specific to your Linux distribution. Since so few distributions currently have a package for cpr, most users will not be able to run your program with this approach.

Currently, we are aware of packages for the following distributions:

If there’s no package for your distribution, try making one! If you do, and it is added to your distribution’s repositories, please submit a pull request to add it to the list above. However, please only do this if you plan to actively maintain the package.

Requirements

The only explicit requirements are:

Building cpr - Using vcpkg

You can download and install cpr using the vcpkg dependency manager:

git clone https://github.com/Microsoft/vcpkg.git
cd vcpkg
./bootstrap-vcpkg.sh
./vcpkg integrate install
./vcpkg install cpr

The cpr port in vcpkg is kept up to date by Microsoft team members and community contributors. If the version is out of date, please create an issue or pull request on the vcpkg repository.

Building cpr - Using Conan

You can download and install cpr using the Conan package manager. Setup your CMakeLists.txt (see Conan documentation on how to use MSBuild, Meson and others). An example can be found here.

The cpr package in Conan is kept up to date by Conan contributors. If the version is out of date, please create an issue or pull request on the conan-center-index repository.

Contributing

Please fork this repository and contribute back using pull requests. Features can be requested using issues. All code, comments, and critiques are greatly appreciated.