Access URL restricted with .htpasswd in PHP with cURL

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We are used to accessing external web application or web services using cURL in PHP for information exchange. bellow is the code for that,

$url = "";
// initiate curl resource 
$ch = curl_init();
// set url to be read
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
//return the transfer as a string
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1); 
//$output contains the output in string 
$output = curl_exec($ch); 
//close curl resource to free up system resources

Some time (mostly on development / staging server) we need to access URLs or files which are protected by .htpasswd. Just with the above code We can not access such URLs.

To access such file or URL which is protected by .htpasswd, we need to pass its user name and password with bellow code,

$username = "testuser"; $password = "testpass"; $url = ""; $ch = curl_init(); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_USERPWD, “$username:$password”); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HTTPAUTH, CURLAUTH_BASIC); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1)…

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