HTTP headers | Digest

The Digest HTTP header is a response HTTP header that provides the requested resource with a small value generated by a hash function from a whole message. The Digest HTTP header is a response header that provides a digest of the requested resource. The entire representation is used to calculate the digest. Multiple digest values for a single resource is also possible as the representation depends on Content-Type and Content-Encoding.



Directives: This header accepts two directives as mentioned above and described below:

  • <digest-algorithm>: It contains defined supported algorithms, example SHA-256 and SHA-512.
  • <digest-value>: It holds the result of encoding and applying the digest algorithm to the resource representation.


  • It provides the resource with the sha-256 algorithm and also provides the digest value.
    Digest: sha-256=nOJRJgeeksforgeeksN3OWDUo9DBPE=
  • It provides the resource with the sha-512 algorithm and also provides the digest value. In addition to that, it provides UNIX sum algorithm which is subject to collisions.
    Digest: sha-512=\vdtgeeksforgeeks8nOJRJN3OWDDBPE=, unixsum=69

Supported Browsers: The browsers are compatible with HTTP Digest header are listed below:

  • Google Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Opera
  • Safari

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