CURLOPT_MAXFILESIZE_LARGE − maximum file size allowed to download
curl_easy_setopt(CURL *handle, CURLOPT_MAXFILESIZE_LARGE,
Pass a curl_off_t as parameter. This allows you to specify the maximum size (in bytes) of a file to download. If the file requested is found larger than this value, the transfer will not start and CURLE_FILESIZE_EXCEEDED will be returned.
The file size is not always known prior to download, and for such files this option has no effect even if the file transfer ends up being larger than this given limit. This concerns both FTP and HTTP transfers.
FTP and HTTP
CURL *curl =
curl_off_t ridiculous = 1 << 48;
curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_URL, "https://example.com/");
/* refuse to download if larger than ridiculous */
curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_MAXFILESIZE_LARGE, ridiculous);
ret = curl_easy_perform(curl);
Added in 7.11.0
Returns CURLE_OK if the option is supported, and CURLE_UNKNOWN_OPTION if not.