I have some url which has space in it's query param. I want to use this in curl, e.g.

curl -G "http://localhost:30001/data?zip=47401&utc_begin=2013-8-1 00:00:00&utc_end=2013-8-2 00:00:00&country_code=USA"

which gives out

Malformed Request-Line

As per my understanding o/p is due to the space present in query param.

Is there any away to encode the url automatically before providing it to curl command?

Best Answer

curl supports url-encoding internally with --data-urlencode .

$ curl -G -v "http://localhost:30001/data" --data-urlencode "msg=hello world" --data-urlencode "msg2=hello world2"

-G is also necessary to append the data to the URL.

Trace headers

> GET /data?msg=hello%20world&msg2=hello%20world2 HTTP/1.1
> User-Agent: curl/7.19.7 (x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu)
> Host: localhost
> Accept: */*