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Via

The Via general header is added by proxies, both forward and reverse proxies, and can appear in the request headers and the response headers. It is used for tracking message forwards, avoiding request loops, and identifying the protocol capabilities of senders along the request/response chain.

Syntax

Via: [ <protocol-name> "/" ] <protocol-version> <host> [ ":" <port> ]
or
Via: [ <protocol-name> "/" ] <protocol-version> <pseudonym>

Directives

<protocol-name>
Optional. The name of the protocol used, such as "HTTP".
<protocol-version>
The version of the protocol used, such as "1.1".
<host> and <port>
Public proxy URL and port.
<pseudonym>
Name/alias of an internal proxy.

Examples

Via: 1.1 vegur
Via: HTTP/1.1 GWA
Via: 1.0 fred, 1.1 p.example.net

Specifications

Specification Title
RFC 7230, section 5.7.1: Via Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1): Message Syntax and Routing

Browser compatibilityUpdate compatibility data on GitHub

Desktop
Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Via Yes 12 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mobile
Android webview Chrome for Android Firefox for Android Opera for Android Safari on iOS Samsung Internet
Via Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

See also

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https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/HTTP/Headers/Via