Another year has passed. The curl project is now 21 years old.
I think we can now say that it is a grown-up in most aspects. What have we accomplished in the project in these 21 years?
We’ve done 179 releases. Number 180 is just a week away.
We estimate that there are now roughly 6 billion curl installations world-wide. In phones, computers, TVs, cars, video games etc. With 4 billion internet users, that’s like 1.5 curl installation per Internet connected human on earth
669 persons have authored patches that was merged.
The curl source code now consists of 160,000 lines of code made in over 24,000 commits.
1,927 persons have helped out so far. With code, bug reports, advice, help and more.
The curl repository also hosts 429 man pages with a total of 36,900 lines of documentation. That count doesn’t even include the separate project Everything curl which is a dedicated book on curl with an additional 10,165 lines.
In this time we have logged more than 4,900 bug-fixes, out of which 87 were security related problems.
We keep doing more and more CI builds, auto-builds, fuzzing and static code analyzing on our code day-to-day and non-stop. Each commit is now built and tested in over 50 different builds and environments and are checked by at least four different static code analyzers, spending upwards 20-25 CPU hours per commit.
We have had 2 curl developer conferences, with the third curl up about to happen this coming weekend in Prague, Czech Republic.
The curl project was created by me and I’m still the lead developer. Up until today, almost 60% of the commits in the project have my name on them. I have done most commits per month in the project every single month since August 2015, and in 186 months out of the 232 months for which we have logged data.
6 thoughts on “Happy 21st, curl!”
I never (yet) contributed to the project, because I’m new in C/socket programming, but I’m glad to be member of this amazing project.
Thank you! (and special thanks for all the people which helped to improved libcurl/curl)
Congrats! So many milestones.
Thanks Daniel for a great tool! I am still using it in my website-monitoring-solution and i am proud that i could contribute some small patches in the past.
Happy birthday 🙂
I got nicknamed curl at work a few years back and that made me realize how much I use and love curl.
While here I’m sure that nickname wouldn’t hold up.or be deserved I can say it’s solved many problems and helped me fix other problems I appreciate this tool so much!
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