hurl: Simple service to initiate HTTP requests and trace its response

By | August 26, 2009

hurl Ever needed to examine a response for a given request? Here we go! hurl is a neat and simple web based service which allows us to initiate a customized HTTP request and presents the resulting response in a nicely formatted manner. Free, responsive and several configuration options.

This is how Chris and Leah – the creators of hurl – put it:

Hurl makes HTTP requests.

Choose the request method, customize headers and POST parameters, add basic authorization, and even follow redirects. Then view the nicely formatted request and response.

It’s the perfect tool for testing APIs. Just enter a URL and click send.


Formatted request details (incl. followed redirects!)


Formatted response example

3 comments on “hurl: Simple service to initiate HTTP requests and trace its response

  1. Uuuh i like this one ;)

    I used , but it is always good to have alternatives.
    Though i like hurl more, since they use Javascript to show the results. Really nice piece of work.

    Thanks for the tip.

  2. Andriy on said:

    There is a curl tool present since 100 years. Why need I a hurl?

  3. Marcus Tucker on said:

    The article doesn’t actually contain a clickable link to the service… it’s not hard to find but that’s not my point.

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