Tar and Curl Come to Windows!

Rich Turner

One of the most frequent asks we hear across the entire Windows command-line spectrum is “I need curl” and/or “I need tar”.

If you’re one of these people – HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🙂 Windows 10 Insider build 17063 and later now include the real-deal curl and tar executables that you can execute directly from Cmd or PowerShell.

Our sincere thanks to the LibArchive and curl.haxx.se teams who created and maintain bsdtar and curl, respectively.

For more details, read Craig’s announcement post: “Tar and curl come to Windows”


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  • Peter Taylor 1

    As the post with more details no longer exists, the important detail is: the path is %SYSTEM32%, although there seems to be some weird aliasing which means that the file is only visible in cmd and not in PowerShell.

    • Rich TurnerMicrosoft employee 1

      Sorry about that Peter. We’ve had our blog sites re-jigged recently – I’ve fixed the link to the original announcement blog.

      Not sure what file/path you’re referring to though.

  • Hussam Al-Tayeb 1

    curl 7.55.1 (Windows) libcurl/7.55.1 on 1903. Are there plans to update the shipped copy of CURL?

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