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Simple library to do http requests asynchronously via CURL in C++. (Eventually as coroutines, once all the compilers I need to support support them.)

This is based on the CURL-libevent example.

You can do a get request with 3 simple steps:

  1. Initialize the library: coeurl::Client g{};
  2. Do a request

    g.get("http://localhost:5000/", [](const coeurl::Request &res) {
        std::cout << res.response() << std::endl;

If you need more flexibility, you can initialize a coeurl::Request manually and set all the fields required. Currently only a few methods are exposed, but we may decide to add more in the future or expose the easy handle for direct manipulation.


  • CURL (duh!)
  • libevent
  • spdlog
  • for tests: doctest


Usually meson should do all you need. For example you can build it like this in a subdirectory called buildir/:

meson setup builddir
meson compile -C builddir

There is also a cmake file, but this does not properly support installation. It is only useful for using this project via ExternalProject.


The event loop can only run on one thread at a time! If you need to parallelize your request, use multiple clients or dispatch the responses into a threadpool manually. In most cases the one thread should be enough for the simpler workloads though and this way you can benefit from connection pooling and the HTTP/2 multiplexing. The tread is created internally and you currently have no control over it. You can wait for it to exit using close() or the ~Client destructor. If you block this thread, no other requests will get processed.

This library also only exposes the simple way to do things currently. This is all I need at the moment.

Interesting bits

  • You can enable logging or customize the logging by setting a logger with coeurl::Client::set_logger. Do this before you initialize any client!
  • The Request can be constructed builder style, then submitted and then you can query the Request once it has completed for the headers, status code, etc.
  • Don't modify the Request while it is in flight or call any members on it until it is completed, after you submitted it.