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php – CURL execution returns empty response and shows

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment


I am using CURL in my project, Its working fine locally but if i use the
same code its not executing, I tried to debug it. The output as follows :

Took 0 seconds to send a request to https://www.google.co.in

I used the following sample code:

curl_setopt($handle, CURLOPT_VERBOSE, true);
curl_setopt($handle, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
curl_setopt($handle, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, false);
$content = curl_exec($handle);

    $info = curl_getinfo($handle);

    echo '<br/> Took ' . $info['total_time'] . ' seconds to send a request to ' . $info['url'];
    echo 'Curl error: ' . curl_error($handle);

echo $content;

The Problem is in server, I don’t know what to enable in php.ini.

Please note that in server CURL and SSL is enabled. If anyone faced similar problems, share solutions please.

How to&Answers:


Function curl_exec is disabled. What to do?


In order to eliminate this error message you need to do one of the following things:

  1. Remove the curl_exec string from the disable_functions in the php.ini file
  2. Ask your hosting provider to remove the string above if you don’t have an access to the php.ini file
  3. Change hosting provider to one which allows the running of the curl_exec function.

Here is an example of the entry in php.ini.

Change from:

disable_functions = exec,passthru,shell_exec,system,proc_open,popen,curl_exec,curl_multi_exec,show_source,eval,posix_getpwuid


disable_functions = exec,passthru,shell_exec,system,proc_open,popen,curl_multi_exec,show_source,eval,posix_getpwuid

Source: http://tipstricks.itmatrix.eu/?p=1365


For me in this case, the problem was that I was getting a 302 redirect rather than the actual get request.

After turning on CURLOPT_VERBOSE from this answer

$fp = fopen(dirname(__FILE__).'/errorlog.txt', 'w');
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_VERBOSE, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_STDERR, $fp);

I got the following in the errorlog.txt:

* Connected to www.example.com (X.X.X.X) port 443 (#0)
* successfully set certificate verify locations:
*   CAfile: none
  CApath: /etc/ssl/certs
* SSL connection using ECDHE-RSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256
* Server certificate:
*        subject: OU=Domain Control Validated; OU=COMODO SSL; CN=www.example.com
*        start date: 2016-04-28 00:00:00 GMT
*        expire date: 2018-04-08 23:59:59 GMT
*        issuer: C=GB; ST=Greater Manchester; L=Salford; O=COMODO CA Limited; CN=COMODO RSA Domain Validation Secure Server CA
*        SSL certificate verify ok.
> GET /path/to/file.php
Host: www.example.com^M
Accept: */*^M
< HTTP/1.1 302 Found^M
* Server nginx is not blacklisted
< Server: nginx^M
< Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 02:06:45 GMT^M
< Content-Type: text/html^M
< Transfer-Encoding: chunked^M
< Connection: keep-alive^M
< X-Powered-By: PHP/5.5.9-1ubuntu4.19^M
< Location: https://www.example.com/other/url/^M
< ^M
* Connection #0 to host www.example.com left intact


  1. HTTP/1.1 302 Found (should just be a 200 response)
  2. Location: https://www.example.com/other/url/ is different from the GET request URL