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The curl-bash pattern

This is a common approach to installing various tools via a terminal prompt. You see this commonly done like so: curl | bash

The curl-bash pattern is an approach to installing software on your local machine via your terminal. It utilizes curl to download a script which is then piped (i.e. | ) into bash. This enables the script to execute code on your machine which then does whatever setup or installation steps it needs to do to install the target software. Example:

curl -sSL | bash