Use curl with a local SOCKS5 proxy (e.g. Tor)

turl(){ curl --socks5-hostname localhost:9050 $@ ; }
Routes curl input through a local SOCKS5 proxy; in this case, anonymizes curl activity via The Onion Router (Tor) proxy running locally. Note that the traffic will be anonymized, but it will NOT be encrypted, so your traffic will be very vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks.
Sample Output
$ turl check.torproject.org
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd">
<html>
<head>
<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
<title>Are you using Tor?</title>
<link rel="shortcut icon" type="image/x-icon" href="./favicon.ico">
<style type="text/css">
img,acronym {
  border: 0;  text-decoration: none;}</style></head>
<body>
<center>

<img alt="Congratulations. Your browser is configured to use Tor." src="/images/tor-on.png">
<br><h1 style="color: #0A0">
Congratulations. Your browser is configured to use Tor.<br>
<br>
</h1>
Please refer to the <a href="https://www.torproject.org/">Tor website</a> for further information about using Tor safely.  You are now free to browse the Internet anonymously.<br>
<br>

<br>
Your IP address appears to be: <b>199.48.147.36</b>j

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By: malathion
2013-07-12 17:09:16

What Others Think

I did this to make it works correctly for my need: curl --socks5 localhost:9050 ifconfig.me I changed --socks5-hostname by --socks5.
KrustyHack · 185 weeks and 1 day ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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