Build to use a TLS library

To make curl support TLS based protocols, such as HTTPS, FTPS, SMTPS, POP3S, IMAPS and more, you need to build with a third-party TLS library since curl doesn't implement the TLS protocol itself.

curl is written to work with a large number of TLS libraries:

  • BoringSSL
  • GSkit (OS/400 specific)
  • GnuTLS
  • NSS
  • OpenSSL
  • Secure Transport (native macOS)
  • WolfSSL
  • axTLS
  • libressl
  • mbedTLS
  • Schannel (native Windows)

When you build curl and libcurl to use one of these libraries, it is important that you have the library and its include headers installed on your build machine.

configure

Below, you will learn how to tell configure to use the different libraries. Note that for all libraries except OpenSSL and its siblings, you must disable the check for OpenSSL by using --without-ssl.

OpenSSL, BoringSSL, libressl

./configure

configure will detect OpenSSL in its default path by default. You can optionally point configure to a custom install path prefix where it can find openssl:

./configure --with-ssl=/home/user/installed/openssl

The alternatives BoringSSL and libressl look similar enough that configure will detect them the same way as OpenSSL but it will use some additional measures to find out which of the particular flavors it is using.

GnuTLS

./configure --with-gnutls --without-ssl

configure will detect GnuTLS in its default path by default. You can optionally point configure to a custom install path prefix where it can find gnutls:

./configure --with-gnutls=/home/user/installed/gnutls --without-ssl

NSS

./configure --with-nss --without-ssl

configure will detect NSS in its default path by default. You can optionally point configure to a custom install path prefix where it can find nss:

./configure --with-nss=/home/user/installed/nss --without-ssl

WolfSSL

./configure --with-cyassl --without-ssl

(cyassl was the former name of the library) configure will detect WolfSSL in its default path by default. You can optionally point configure to a custom install path prefix where it can find WolfSSL:

./configure --with-cyassl=/home/user/installed/nss --without-ssl

axTLS

./configure --with-axtls --without-ssl

configure will detect axTLS in its default path by default. You can optionally point configure to a custom install path prefix where it can find axTLS:

./configure --with-axtls=/home/user/installed/axtls --without-ssl

mbedTLS

./configure --with-mbedtls --without-ssl

configure will detect mbedTLS in its default path by default. You can optionally point configure to a custom install path prefix where it can find mbedTLS:

./configure --with-mbedtls=/home/user/installed/mbedtls --without-ssl

Secure Transport

./configure --with-darwinssl --without-ssl

(DarwinSSL is an alternative name for Secure Transport) configure will detect Secure Transport in its default path by default. You can optionally point configure to a custom install path prefix where it can find DarwinSSL:

./configure --with-darwinssl=/home/user/installed/darwinssl --without-ssl

Schannel

./configure --with-winssl --without-ssl

(WinSSL is an alternative name for Schannel) configure will detect Schannel in its default path by default. You can optionally point configure to a custom install path prefix where it can find WinSSL:

./configure --with-winssl=/home/user/installed/winssl --without-ssl

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