Handling Redirects with cURL

By default, cURL doesn’t follow redirects. The -L or –location option enables redirect following, with a limit of 30 redirects to prevent loops. Adjust this limit with –max-redirs.

When dealing with POST requests and redirects that traditionally switch to GET, cURL offers --post301, --post302, and --post303 options to maintain the POST method following a 30x redirect.

Redirects with Bright Data’s Solutions

When web scraping, managing redirects efficiently is crucial, especially when dealing with rate-limiting or location-specific content. Bright Data’s proxies and web scraping tools seamlessly handle redirects, maintaining the integrity of your scraping operations. Here’s how you can utilize Bright Data’s solutions for web scraping with cURL, including managing redirects and handling POST requests with cURL:

curl -L -x http://proxy.brightdata.com:port "https://brightdata.com/redirect-example" \

-H "X-BrightData-Port: 80" \

-H "User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0" \

-H "Accept: text/html"

This command instructs cURL to follow redirects (-L), use Bright Data’s proxy services (-x), and includes additional headers for a comprehensive scraping operation. Bright Data’s solutions ensure your requests are treated with the required nuance, whether it’s maintaining session consistency across redirects or navigating complex web architectures.

Handling Non-HTTP Redirects

Beyond HTTP status codes, redirects can also be initiated via HTML meta tags or JavaScript. These methods, while common in browsers, present challenges for cURL as it doesn’t interpret HTML or execute JavaScript. Tools within Bright Data’s suite can interpret these non-HTTP redirects, offering a more nuanced approach to web scraping that accounts for the full spectrum of web technologies.


Navigating the world of HTTP redirects requires an understanding of their types, purposes, and the right tools to handle them effectively. Bright Data’s comprehensive web scraping and proxy solutions empower users to manage redirects efficiently, ensuring access to data across various web architectures and maintaining method integrity where needed. Whether you’re dealing with permanent moves or need to preserve POST requests through redirects, Bright Data offers the flexibility and capability required for modern web scraping needs.

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