Ruby HTTP request response - 2

Swapnil Gourshete | August 22, 2019 | 1 Minute Read

HTTP request headers can be broadly divided into 3 parts -

  1. General
  2. Response Headers
  3. Request Headers


Response Headers


Sample HTTP request format "GET /blog HTTP/1.1"

Let’s divide it into sections and see what each one means

  • date

All http requests use Greenwich Standard Time(GMT) or UTC. Here is common format -
‘Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2019 10:17:27 GMT’
reference - RFC

  • status

It is a 3 digit code that represents response from server. Like
Status Code: 304

  • expires

Tell the date when cookie will expire.

  • last-modified

Tells date and time when origin of content was last modified.

  • server

Tells the web server used to process this http request.

  • cache-control
    Used to indicate various flags in cache control mechanism. Like
    1. max-age - to indicate client accepts cached data whose age is not greater than value in seconds).
    2. public - server can use any cache to store data
    3. no-cache - cache must not use data for subsequent request without re-validation.
    4. no-store - server can not use cache the request or response.
    5. must-revalidate - revalidate stale data before using