Update/Install Latest Curl Version on RHEL 8/RHEL 7/CentOS 8/CentOS 7 – CWP/VestaCP/Cpanel/Plesk

by Sandeep B.

In this tutorial we’ll upgrade/update/install latest curl version on EL OS platform (redhat/centos). You can also rely on the current OS curl version as it is updated regularly basis with security patches only, if you’re still not satisfied and want the latest features and updates just follow this guide to update curl to latest version.

Short Description on curl :

curl is a command line tool and library for transferring data with URL syntax, supporting HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, FTPS, GOPHER, TFTP, SCP, SFTP, SMB, TELNET, DICT, LDAP, LDAPS, FILE, IMAP, SMTP, POP3, RTSP and RTMP. libcurl offers a myriad of powerful features. curl is used in command lines or scripts to transfer data. It is also used in cars, television sets, routers, printers, audio equipment, mobile phones, tablets, settop boxes, media players and is the internet transfer backbone for thousands of software applications affecting billions of humans daily.

Let’s get started with the upgrade process :

Update Curl on RHEL 8 / CentOS 8 :

rpm -Uvh http://www.city-fan.org/ftp/contrib/yum-repo/rhel8/x86_64/city-fan.org-release-2-1.rhel8.noarch.rpm
dnf --enablerepo=city-fan.org install libcurl libcurl-devel

**not yet updated for centos 8

Update Curl on RHEL 7 / CentOS 7 :

rpm -Uvh http://www.city-fan.org/ftp/contrib/yum-repo/rhel7/x86_64/city-fan.org-release-2-1.rhel7.noarch.rpm
yum --enablerepo=city-fan.org install libcurl libcurl-devel

Update Curl on RHEL 6 / CentOS 6 :

# x86_64
rpm -Uvh http://www.city-fan.org/ftp/contrib/yum-repo/rhel6/x86_64/city-fan.org-release-2-1.rhel6.noarch.rpm
yum --enablerepo=city-fan.org install libcurl libcurl-devel

# i386
rpm -Uvh http://www.city-fan.org/ftp/contrib/yum-repo/rhel6/i386/city-fan.org-release-2-1.rhel6.noarch.rpm
yum --enablerepo=city-fan.org install libcurl libcurl-devel

Done you’ve successfully updated your curl version on your EL OS.

To check the Version of the Curl via command line type in this command :

curl -V

Example output :

[root@server ~]# curl -V
curl 7.70.0 (x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu) libcurl/7.70.0 NSS/3.44 zlib/1.2.7 libpsl/0.7.0 (+libicu/50.1.2) libssh2/1.9.0 nghttp2/1.31.1
Release-Date: 2020-04-29
Protocols: dict file ftp ftps gopher http https imap imaps ldap ldaps pop3 pop3s rtsp scp sftp smb smbs smtp smtps telnet tftp
Features: AsynchDNS GSS-API HTTP2 HTTPS-proxy IPv6 Kerberos Largefile libz Metalink NTLM NTLM_WB PSL SPNEGO SSL UnixSockets

How to Update curl to future version :

For stability reason it will not updated via yum update command as the repo is disabled you can run this following command to update curl manually ensure you’ve followed upper mentioned steps:

yum --enablerepo=city-fan.org install curl libcurl libcurl-devel libmetalink libpsl libssh2 libssh2-devel
yum --enablerepo=city-fan.org update curl libcurl libcurl-devel libmetalink libpsl libssh2 libssh2-devel

Isn’t it as simple as pie? let me know about your experiences with the upgrade process via comment.

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Khelan September 17, 2019 - 11:30 pm

Thanks for the steps with the upgrade process here. I followed your steps but that just upgraded libcurl and not the actual cURL package. Can you pls help if there needs to be update along that side?

curl -V
curl 7.65.3 (x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu) libcurl/7.66.0 NSS/3.36 zlib/1.2.7 libpsl/0.7.0 (+libicu/50.1.2) libssh2/1.9.0 nghttp2/1.31.1

Sandy September 17, 2019 - 6:20 pm

Hi, libcurl is the curl package. I see you have updated curl package successfully. if you wan to update curl devel package then you need to run this command :
yum --enablerepo=city-fan.org install libcurl libcurl-devel
yum --enablerepo=city-fan.org update libcurl libcurl-devel

Paul September 20, 2019 - 5:08 pm

Hi, Im having problems running this on CentOS 7. It complains of broken deps..

yum –enablerepo=city-fan.org install libcurl libcurl-devel
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
* city-fan.org: http://www.city-fan.org
Resolving Dependencies
–> Running transaction check
—> Package libcurl.x86_64 0:7.29.0-54.el7 will be updated
–> Processing Dependency: libcurl = 7.29.0-54.el7 for package: curl-7.29.0-54.el7.x86_64
—> Package libcurl.x86_64 0:7.53.1-2.0.cf.fc7 will be an update
–> Processing Dependency: c-ares >= 1.12.0 for package: libcurl-7.53.1-2.0.cf.fc7.x86_64
–> Processing Dependency: libssh2 >= 1.8.0 for package: libcurl-7.53.1-2.0.cf.fc7.x86_64
–> Processing Dependency: libcares.so.2()(64bit) for package: libcurl-7.53.1-2.0.cf.fc7.x86_64
–> Processing Dependency: libcrypto.so.6()(64bit) for package: libcurl-7.53.1-2.0.cf.fc7.x86_64
–> Processing Dependency: libldap-2.3.so.0()(64bit) for package: libcurl-7.53.1-2.0.cf.fc7.x86_64
–> Processing Dependency: libssl.so.6()(64bit) for package: libcurl-7.53.1-2.0.cf.fc7.x86_64
—> Package libcurl-devel.x86_64 0:7.29.0-54.el7 will be updated
—> Package libcurl-devel.x86_64 0:7.53.1-2.0.cf.fc7 will be an update
–> Processing Dependency: libssh2-devel for package: libcurl-devel-7.53.1-2.0.cf.fc7.x86_64
–> Running transaction check
—> Package c-ares.x86_64 0:1.12.0-2.0.cf.fc7 will be installed
—> Package compat-openldap.x86_64 1:2.3.43-5.el7 will be installed
—> Package curl.x86_64 0:7.29.0-54.el7 will be updated
—> Package curl.x86_64 0:7.53.1-2.0.cf.fc7 will be an update
–> Processing Dependency: libmetalink.so.3()(64bit) for package: curl-7.53.1-2.0.cf.fc7.x86_64
—> Package libssh2.x86_64 0:1.4.3-12.el7_6.3 will be updated
—> Package libssh2.x86_64 0:1.8.0-3.el7 will be an update
—> Package libssh2-devel.x86_64 0:1.8.0-3.el7 will be installed
—> Package openssl098e.x86_64 0:0.9.8e-29.el7.centos.3 will be installed
–> Running transaction check
—> Package libmetalink.x86_64 0:0.1.3-2.fc7 will be installed
–> Processing Dependency: libexpat.so.0()(64bit) for package: libmetalink-0.1.3-2.fc7.x86_64
–> Finished Dependency Resolution
Error: Package: libmetalink-0.1.3-2.fc7.x86_64 (city-fan.org)
Requires: libexpat.so.0()(64bit)
You could try using –skip-broken to work around the problem
You could try running: rpm -Va –nofiles –nodigest

Even using –skip-broken produces a new set of errors which I cant resolve.

Sandy September 21, 2019 - 6:59 am

Run this commands :
yum clean all
yum install expat expat-devel

and again follow the curl installation.

Paul September 21, 2019 - 3:18 pm

Hi, thanks for the help. Im making progress but now curl is complaining about broken libnghttp2 deps

Error: Package: libcurl-7.66.0-1.1.cf.rhel7.x86_64 (city-fan.org)
Requires: libnghttp2.so.14()(64bit)
You could try using –skip-broken to work around the problem
You could try running: rpm -Va –nofiles –nodigest

I installed these..

> yum install libnghttp2 libnghttp2-devel –enablerepo=city-fan.org


> yum list installed | grep libnghttp2
libnghttp2.i686 1.7.1-1.el7 @city-fan.org
libnghttp2-devel.i686 1.7.1-1.el7 @city-fan.org

But I still get the same error when I run

> yum –enablerepo=city-fan.org install libcurl libcurl-devel

Thanks for any advice!

Sorry I cant figure out how to format my post properly 🙁

Paul September 21, 2019 - 5:18 pm

Edit: I finally got this working.

Even though libnghttp2 is available on city-fan.org, it seems you cannot use that version.

Instead you have to install it from epel repo.
After that you can go ahead and install curl from city-fan.org with no further problems


Sandy September 21, 2019 - 7:19 pm

You need to install 64 bit packages for centos 7

Franky October 3, 2019 - 8:00 am

The RHEL8 repo of city-fan does not contain a newer version of curl, that part of the instruction should be removed.

Sandy October 4, 2019 - 11:12 am

soon there will be 🙂

James January 8, 2020 - 4:51 pm

Curl on RHEL 6 / CentOS 6 update worked for me. Thanks for this.


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