Force DNS resolving in cURL with the --resolve switch

It’s possible to force DNS resolving in cURL using the --resolve switch.

The --resolve switch allows you to tell curl which address to request when it would resolve a given hostname.

The format of the argument is domain:port:ip

# HTTPS Example
curl -I -L \

# HTTP Example
curl -I -L \

Handy for testing a new server or load balancer you’ve prepared, or when wanting to bypass Cloudflare Proxying without touching Cloudflare’s settings.


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