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Article from Issue 283/2024

Behind every good tool is a good idea. Read on for some unsung tools that could save time and solve some practical problems – but be ready to work with the source code. Most of these tools are still experimental or in early stages of development.

HTTP request builder

CuTE 0.0.1

A console-based HTTP client such as CuTE provides genuine benefits to anybody who needs to maintain web applications or wants to test their web server's response. CuTE offers a convenient interface for sending HTTP requests from the terminal. You can use the CuTE interface to formulate the request. In addition, CuTE lets you store previous requests and even API keys.

According to the project documentation, "This is a tool for when your requests are not complex enough for something like Postman, but more complicated than you would want to use with curl CLI, or if you just don't want to remember all those commands. You can make a few requests to your back ends for testing, set up with your API key and save the requests to be executed again later."

You need to build CuTE yourself from the sources. If called without any parameters, it comes up with a very simple interface, in which you can compose new HTTP requests or edit saved commands. When you create a new query, you can choose between HTTP request commands such as GET, POST, or PUT. Then enter the target URL and, if needed, the authentication details, configure header settings, and set up a proxy tunnel or cookies to be used if required. If so desired, CuTE can use an arbitrary user agent ID when it logs onto the web server. In the background, it uses Curl to send the complete request to the specified web server, and the results appear in the lower area of the console window. CuTE offers a variety of optional settings, but you will need to try them out on a trial and error basis. The documentation of this relatively new project is quite spartan, although you'll find a brief description on the project's GitHub page.


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