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(PHP 4 >= 4.0.2)

curl_init -- Initialize a CURL session


int curl_init ([string url])

The curl_init() will initialize a new session and return a CURL handle for use with the curl_setopt(), curl_exec(), and curl_close() functions. If the optional url parameter is supplied then the CURLOPT_URL option will be set to the value of the parameter. You can manually set this using the curl_setopt() function.

Example 1. Initializing a new CURL session and fetching a webpage

<?php $ch = curl_init();  curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_URL, ""); curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_HEADER, 0);  curl_exec ($ch);  curl_close ($ch); ?>       

See also: curl_close(), curl_setopt()