CURLOPT_CRLFILE(3) Library Functions Manual CURLOPT_CRLFILE(3)

CURLOPT_CRLFILE - Certificate Revocation List file

#include <curl/curl.h>
CURLcode curl_easy_setopt(CURL *handle, CURLOPT_CRLFILE, char *file);

Pass a char pointer to a null-terminated string naming a file with the concatenation of CRL (in PEM format) to use in the certificate validation that occurs during the SSL exchange.

When curl is built to use GnuTLS, there is no way to influence the use of CRL passed to help in the verification process.

When libcurl is built with OpenSSL support, X509_V_FLAG_CRL_CHECK and X509_V_FLAG_CRL_CHECK_ALL are both set, requiring CRL check against all the elements of the certificate chain if a CRL file is passed. Also note that CURLOPT_CRLFILE(3) implies CURLSSLOPT_NO_PARTIALCHAIN (see CURLOPT_SSL_OPTIONS(3)) since curl 7.71.0 due to an OpenSSL bug.

This option makes sense only when used in combination with the CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER(3) option.

A specific error code (CURLE_SSL_CRL_BADFILE) is defined with the option. It is returned when the SSL exchange fails because the CRL file cannot be loaded. A failure in certificate verification due to a revocation information found in the CRL does not trigger this specific error.

The application does not have to keep the string around after setting this option.


All TLS based protocols: HTTPS, FTPS, IMAPS, POP3S, SMTPS etc.

This option works only with the following TLS backends: GnuTLS, OpenSSL and mbedTLS

int main(void)
  CURL *curl = curl_easy_init();
  if(curl) {
    CURLcode res;
    curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_URL, "");
    curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_CRLFILE, "/etc/certs/crl.pem");
    res = curl_easy_perform(curl);

Added in 7.19.0

Returns CURLE_OK if the option is supported, CURLE_UNKNOWN_OPTION if not, or CURLE_OUT_OF_MEMORY if there was insufficient heap space.


April 26 2024 libcurl