Are there programmers here? I'd like to know how you guys pronounce cURL. Because I don't live in a country that uses English, I haven't heard it yet.

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According to the authors of the library,

We pronounce curl and cURL with an initial k sound: [kurl].

This same FAQ notes that one of the reasons for which the name was chosen was "[t]he fact it can also be pronounced 'see URL'", an obvious pun on the use of the library, which as you know is to retrieve web resources.

For what it's worth, I always pronounce it with the initial k sound, as in the English word "curl."


I am a programmer and I would prefer to pronounce it spelled out as "see you are ell".

  • And how do you pronounce "URL"? ;-)
    – Andrew Vit
    Commented Nov 18, 2011 at 2:40
  • You say the letters: U.R.L.
    – Lynn
    Commented Nov 18, 2011 at 3:03
  • I pronounce it as "U" "R" "L"
    – Gapton
    Commented Nov 18, 2011 at 3:18
  • 2
    I've heard some technical people say yurl instead of U-R-L, but they are a small minority.
    – silves89
    Commented Nov 18, 2011 at 9:55
  • @silves89 "earl" is more common than "yurl". Also see: tidbits.com/article/4514 Commented Jul 13, 2013 at 6:49

I use cURL as a verb, as in "kurl the service again to check that the GET is idempotent." And I type cURL all the time - it's just much easier to think and say kurl than C-U-R-L.

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