To make a DELETE request using Curl, you need to use the -X DELETE command-line option followed by the target URL. To pass additional headers to the HTTP server, use the -H command-line option. The "Accept: application/json" header tells the server that the client expects JSON data in response. In this Curl DELETE example, we send a request to the ReqBin echo URL. Click Run to execute the Curl DELETE request online and see the results.
Curl is a command-line utility that allows users to make requests from clients to servers. Curl supports over 25+ protocols, including HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, and SFTP. Curl has built-in support for SSL, certificate validation, HTTP Cookies support, and user authentication. Curl is available for Linux, Windows, and Mac, making it the perfect choice for developers on all platforms.
What is HTTP DELETE?
The HTTP DELETE method is one of the nine standard Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) request methods to delete a resource from the server. The DELETE request method asks the server to delete the resource specified in the Request-URI. The DELETE method is idempotent. Sending the same HTTP DELETE request multiple times will produce the same result on the server. The DELETE method, like the GET method, can not have a request body. Unlike GET and HEAD requests, DELETE requests can change the state of the server.
In this Curl DELETE request example, we also pass the "Accept: application/json" header to the server using the -H command-line option to tell the server that the Curl client is expecting a JSON from the server.