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HTTP headers | Vary

  • Last Updated : 27 Feb, 2020

The HTTP Vary header is a response-type type header. It is used to indicate which headers it used when selecting a representation of a resource in a content negotiation algorithm and determines how to match future request headers to decide whether a cached response can be used rather than requesting a fresh one from the origin server. If you want to serve different content for the mobile users, then it can help to avoid that a cache may mistakenly serve a desktop version of your site to your mobile users. It will help search engines to discover the mobile version of a page.

Syntax:

Vary: *

OR

Vary: <header-name>

Directives: There are two directives accepted by HTTP headers Vary.

  • *: This wild card directive that will be used to match all future request headers to decide whether a cached response.
  • <header-name>: This directive holds the header name, also can hold multiple headers, that will be used to match future request headers to decide whether a cached response.

Example:

Vary: Accept-Encoding
Vary: User-Agent

To check this Vary in action go to Inspect Element -> Network check the response header for Vary like below, Vary is highlighted you can see.


Supported Browsers:
The browsers compatible with HTTP headers Vary are listed below:

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