Windows/Git Bash/Curl/Corporate Certificate

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Recently I had the need to use Windows… where I had to use Git. Thankfully there is a product called Git Bash which saved me.

In the meantime I had suddenly the need to make some curl requests to HTTPS endpoints AND I’m on a machine which has a corporate security proxy. Nice thing is that Git Bash also includes curl (among several other necessary commands.)

But when I tried to use it I saw errors like:

foo@bar MINGW64 ~
$ curl --output
  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
  0     0    0     0    0     0      0      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:--     0
curl: (60) SSL certificate problem: unable to get local issuer certificate
More details here:

curl failed to verify the legitimacy of the server and therefore could not
establish a secure connection to it. To learn more about this situation and
how to fix it, please visit the web page mentioned above.

Seemed in order to get through the proxy a corporate certificate is required.

Now, at that moment I could not invoke admin rights to place the certificate into the Git Bash mingw install directory as instructed, so how to proceed?

You’ll notice that later in the documentation it describes that curl has a environment variable CURL_CA_BUNDLE that does not require admin rights to modification of the file system.

Edit your ~/.bashrc file and add the following:

export CURL_CA_BUNDLE="/c/foo/corp-cert.crt"

With that curl commands should start the work.