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How to Send a Curl DELETE Request

Curl can be used to send various types of requests like GET, POST, PUT, DELETE etc. In this article, we will see how to send a DELETE request using cURL.

cURL is a command line tool that allows you to make HTTP requests from the command line. It can be used to send various types of requests like GET, POST, PUT, DELETE etc. In this article, we will see how to send a DELETE request using cURL.

What is cURL and What is the cURL Command Used for?
What is cURL in API?“Curl” stands for “Client for URLs” and is a command-line tool and library for transferring data with URLs. It is widely used for making HTTP requests to interact with web APIs.
Apidog simplifies the API workflow with an intuitive interface for testing, debugging, design, and documentation. It allows sending DELETE requests through a visual interface without complex cURL commands. Apidog aims to enhance comprehension and collaboration for efficient API development.

Understanding DELETE Requests

The HTTP DELETE method is used to request that a resource be removed or deleted. It is a common operation in RESTful APIs where you want to delete a specific resource identified by a URI.

Syntax of Curl DELETE Request

The basic syntax for sending a Curl DELETE request is as follows:

curl -X DELETE [URL]

Here's a breakdown of the components:

  • -X: Specifies the request method.
  • DELETE: Indicates the HTTP method (DELETE, in this case).
  • [URL]: The URL of the resource you want to delete.

Sending a Curl DELETE Request: A Step-by-Step Guide


Before you can send DELETE requests with cURL, you need to have:

  • cURL installed on your system. It comes pre-installed on most Linux and Mac systems. For Windows/Mac, you can learn more from this article:
How to Run cURL Command on Windows/Mac
Running cURL commands on Windows and Mac is common for network requests and data transfer. This powerful tool supports various protocols. For Windows, install cURL and use it in Command Prompt or PowerShell. On Mac, use the pre-installed cURL in Terminal for seamless operations.
  • Access to make DELETE requests on the server you want to send the request to. The server should support DELETE requests on the URL you want to send the request to.

Sending a DELETE Request

Sending a DELETE request with cURL involves specifying the -X DELETE option along with the URL you want to send the request to. Click here to learn more about cURL commands with examples.

Here is the basic syntax:

curl -X DELETE <url>

For example, to send a DELETE request to https://example.com/api/users/123:

curl -X DELETE https://example.com/api/users/123

This will send a DELETE request to the specified URL to delete the user with ID 123.

You can also include additional cURL options like headers, authentication etc.

For example, to send an authenticated DELETE request:

curl -X DELETE -H "Authorization: Bearer <token>" https://example.com/api/users/123

This adds an Authorization header to send the DELETE request authenticated.

Checking the Response

By default, cURL will output the response body of the DELETE request to stdout. You can check the status code of the request using the -i or -I options:

curl -I -X DELETE https://example.com/api/users/123

This will make cURL output only the response headers which includes the status code.

You can also save the response to a file to inspect it later:

curl -X DELETE https://example.com/api/users/123 -o response.txt

This saves the complete response including headers and body to the file response.txt.

Apidog: Streamlining cURL DELETE Requests with Visual Simplicity

When it comes to sending cURL DELETE requests, Apidog provides a straightforward solution within its intuitive interface. Users can initiate DELETE requests without the need to construct complex cURL commands. This simplicity is particularly advantageous for those who may find command line interfaces challenging.


Key features include:

  • Simplified API workflow with an intuitive, visually appealing UI
  • User-friendly interface enhances comprehension and accelerates learning
  • Testing tools with assertions and branches for efficient, straightforward testing
  • Collaboration features to facilitate communication within teams
  • JSON/XML schema creation for design and validation

For sending DELETE requests, Apidog allows initiating these without complex cURL commands, providing simplicity for those who find the command line challenging. Overall, Apidog aims to simplify tasks across the API workflow.


Apidog stands as a valuable alternative to cURL, particularly for those seeking a more approachable and visually intuitive experience in managing APIs. Its focus on simplifying tasks like sending cURL DELETE requests makes it a powerful tool for developers, regardless of their level of expertise. Embrace the efficiency and collaborative advantages offered by Apidog to elevate your API workflow.