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curl_errorReturn a string containing the last error for the current session


string curl_error ( resource $ch )

Returns a clear text error message for the last cURL operation.



A cURL handle returned by curl_init().

Return Values

Returns the error message or '' (the empty string) if no error occurred.


Example #1 curl_error() example

// Create a curl handle to a non-existing location
$ch curl_init('');

curl_exec($ch) === false)
'Curl error: ' curl_error($ch);
'Operation completed without any errors';

// Close handle

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User Contributed Notes 4 notes

patrick at ibuildings dot nl
3 years ago
If you want to fetch the error message, make sure you fetch it before you close the current cURL session or the error message will be reset to an empty string.
paul at paulmcgarry dot com
7 years ago
For a 404 response to actually trigger an error as the example seems to be trying to demonstrate the following option should be set:


As per

This is returned if CURLOPT_FAILONERROR is set TRUE and the HTTP server returns an error code that is >= 400. (This error code was formerly known as CURLE_HTTP_NOT_FOUND.)
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7 months ago
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mail at erwindoornbos dot nl
7 years ago
While working with curl i got the following error: "empty reply from server".

Searching Google gave no solutions. So i just tried to replace the spaces from the url to %20 and it worked!

Hope this helps someone.
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