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List of Common HTTP Headers

Every few months I find myself looking up up the syntax of a relatively obscure, common HTTP headers. Regularly I find myself wondering why there isn’t a good definitive list of common HTTP headers anywhere. Usually the lists on the Internet are missing half a dozen HTTP response headers. So I’ve taken care to gather a list all of the common HTTP headers I could find. Hopefully this is useful to you, and removes some of the mystique behind how HTTP works if you’ve never seen headers before.

Note: this does not include things like IncapIP or other proxy/service specific headers that aren’t standard, and nor does it include HTTP request headers.

Header Example Value Notes
Access-Control-Allow-Credentials true  
Access-Control-Allow-Headers X-PINGOTHER  
Access-Control-Allow-Methods PUT, DELETE, XMODIFY  
Access-Control-Expose-Headers X-My-Custom-Header, X-Another-Custom-Header  
Access-Control-Max-Age 2520  
Accept-Ranges bytes  
Age 12  
Allow GET, HEAD, POST, OPTIONS Commonly includes other things, like PROPFIND etc…
Alternate-Protocol 443:npn-spdy/2,443:npn-spdy/2  
Cache-Control private, no-cache, must-revalidate  
Client-Date Tue, 27 Jan 2009 18:17:30 GMT  
Client-Response-Num 1  
Connection Keep-Alive  
Content-Disposition attachment; filename=”example.exe”  
Content-Encoding gzip  
Content-Language en  
Content-Length 1329  
Content-Location /index.htm  
Content-MD5 Q2hlY2sgSW50ZWdyaXR5IQ==  
Content-Range bytes 21010-47021/47022  
Content-Security-Policy, X-Content-Security-Policy, X-WebKit-CSP default-src ‘self’ Different header needed to control different browsers
Content-Security-Policy-Report-Only default-src ‘self’; …; report-uri /csp_report_parser;  
Content-Type text/html Can also include charset information (E.g.: text/html;charset=ISO-8859-1)
Date Fri, 22 Jan 2010 04:00:00 GMT  
ETag “737060cd8c284d8af7ad3082f209582d”  
Expires Mon, 26 Jul 1997 05:00:00 GMT  
HTTP /1.1 401 Unauthorized Special header, no colon space delimiter
Keep-Alive timeout=3, max=87  
Last-Modified Tue, 15 Nov 1994 12:45:26 +0000  
Link <>; rel=”cononical” rel=”alternate”
P3P policyref=””, CP=”NOI DSP COR ADMa OUR NOR STA”  
Pragma no-cache  
Proxy-Authenticate Basic  
Proxy-Connection Keep-Alive  
Refresh 5; url=  
Retry-After 120  
Server Apache  
Set-Cookie test=1;; path=/; expires=Tue, 01-Oct-2013 19:16:48 GMT Can also include the secure and HTTPOnly flag
Status 200 OK  
Strict-Transport-Security max-age=16070400; includeSubDomains  
Trailer Max-Forwards  
Transfer-Encoding chunked compress, deflate, gzip, identity
Upgrade HTTP/2.0, SHTTP/1.3, IRC/6.9, RTA/x11  
Vary *  
Via 1.0 fred, 1.1 (Apache/1.1)  
Warning Warning: 199 Miscellaneous warning  
WWW-Authenticate Basic  
X-Aspnet-Version 2.0.50727  
X-Content-Type-Options nosniff  
X-Frame-Options deny  
X-Permitted-Cross-Domain-Policies master-only Used by Adobe Flash
X-Powered-By PHP/5.4.0  
X-Robots-Tag noindex,nofollow  
X-UA-Compatible Chome=1  
X-XSS-Protection 1; mode=block  

If I’ve missed any response headers, please let us know by leaving a comment and I’ll add it into the list. Perhaps at some point I’ll create a similar list for Request headers, if people find this helpful enough.