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Longboard: The easy way to surf

$ longboard get https://async.rs


$ cargo install longboard


longboard 0.0.2
the easy way to surf

    longboard [OPTIONS] <method> <url>

            Prints help information

    -V, --version
            Prints version information

    -b, --body <body>
            provide a request body on the command line

            longboard post http://httpbin.org/post -b '{"hello": "world"}'
    -c, --client <client>
            http backend for surf. options: h1, curl, hyper

            caveat: h1 currently does not support chunked request bodies,
            so do not use that backend yet if you need to stream bodies [default: h1]
    -f, --file <file>
            provide a file system path to a file to use as the request body

            alternatively, you can use an operating system pipe to pass a file in

            three equivalent examples:

            longboard post http://httpbin.org/anything -f ./body.json
            longboard post http://httpbin.org/anything < ./body.json
            cat ./body.json | longboard post http://httpbin.org/anything
    -h, --headers <headers>...
            provide headers in the form -h KEY1=VALUE1 KEY2=VALUE2

            longboard get http://httpbin.org/headers -h Accept=application/json Authorization="Basic u:p"
    -j, --jar <jar>
            a filesystem path to a cookie jar in ndjson format

            note: this currently only persists "persistent cookies," which
            either have a max-age or expires.

            if the file does not yet exist, it will be created

            longboard get "https://httpbin.org/response-headers?Set-Cookie=USER_ID=10;+Max-Age=100" -j ~/.longboard.ndjson


Examples to try:

$ longboard get http://httpin.org/get
$ longboard get https://httpbin.org/headers -h Some-Header="header value" User-Agent=longboard
$ longboard post https://httpbin.org/post -b "this is a request body"
$ longboard post http://httpbin.org/anything -b "a=b&c=d" -h content-type=application/x-www-form-urlencoded
$ longboard put https://httpbin.org/put -f ./Cargo.toml -h content-type=application/toml
$ longboard patch https://httpbin.org/patch < ./some-file
$ cat /dev/random | head -c1000 | base64 | longboard post https://httpbin.org/anything
$ longboard get https://httpbin.org/stream | cat

TODO for this to be useful

  • request bodies
    • from filesystem
    • as a cli arg
    • from stdin (pipe)
  • request headers
  • more emoji, custom formatters
  • opt into / out of displaying different parts of request and response
  • http status -> exit code

Some future ideas:

  • sessions/stored cookie jars
  • interactive repl mode for an easy way to make consecutive requests with the same client
  • sse mode that pretty-prints sse messages
  • render images to ascii for fun?


This crate uses #![forbid(unsafe_code)] to ensure everything is implemented in 100% Safe Rust.


Licensed under either of Apache License, Version 2.0 or MIT license at your option.
Unless you explicitly state otherwise, any contribution intentionally submitted for inclusion in this crate by you, as defined in the Apache-2.0 license, shall be dual licensed as above, without any additional terms or conditions.


~1M SLoC