saltycrane saltycrane - 4 months ago 16
Linux Question

How do I download a tarball from GitHub using cURL?

I am trying to download a tarball from GitHub using cURL, but it does not seem to be redirecting:

$ curl --insecure https://github.com/pinard/Pymacs/tarball/v0.24-beta2
<html><body>You are being <a href="https://nodeload.github.com/pinard/Pymacs/tarball/v0.24-beta2">redirected</a>.</body></html>


Note: wget works for me:

$ wget --no-check-certificate https://github.com/pinard/Pymacs/tarball/v0.24-beta2


However I want to use cURL because ultimately I want to untar it inline with something like:

$ curl --insecure https://github.com/pinard/Pymacs/tarball/v0.24-beta2 | tar zx


I found that the URL after redirecting turned out to be https://download.github.com/pinard-Pymacs-v0.24-beta1-0-gcebc80b.tar.gz, but I would like cURL to be smart enough to figure this out.

Answer

Use the -L option to follow redirects:

curl -L https://github.com/pinard/Pymacs/tarball/v0.24-beta2 | tar zx
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