List of HTTP Header Fields - Requests - Common Non-standard Request Headers

Common Non-standard Request Headers

Non-standard header fields were conventionally marked by prefixing the field name with X- . However, this convention became deprecated in June 2012 due to the inconveniences it caused when non-standard headers then became standard. For example, X-Gzip and Gzip are now both supported headers for compressed HTTP requests and responses.

Field name Description Example
X-Requested-With mainly used to identify Ajax requests. Most JavaScript frameworks send this header with value of XMLHttpRequest X-Requested-With: XMLHttpRequest
DNT Requests a web application to disable their tracking of a user. This is Mozilla's version of the X-Do-Not-Track header (since Firefox 4.0 Beta 11). Safari and IE9 also have support for this header. On March 7, 2011, a draft proposal was submitted to IETF. The W3C Tracking Protection Working Group is producing a specification. DNT: 1 (Do Not Track Enabled)

DNT: 0 (Do Not Track Disabled)

X-Forwarded-For a de facto standard for identifying the originating IP address of a client connecting to a web server through an HTTP proxy or load balancer X-Forwarded-For: client1, proxy1, proxy2


X-Forwarded-Proto a de facto standard for identifying the originating protocol of an HTTP request, since a reverse proxy (load balancer) may communicate with a web server using HTTP even if the request to the reverse proxy is HTTPS X-Forwarded-Proto: https
Front-End-Https Non-standard header used by Microsoft applications and load-balancers Front-End-Https: on
X-ATT-DeviceId Allows easier parsing of the MakeModel/Firmware that is usually found in the User-Agent String of AT&T Devices x-att-deviceid: MakeModel/Firmware
X-Wap-Profile Links to an XML file on the Internet with a full description and details about the device currently connecting. In the example to the right is an XML file for an AT&T Samsung Galaxy S2. x-wap-profile:
Proxy-Connection Implemented as a misunderstanding of the HTTP specifications. Common because of mistakes in implementations of early HTTP versions. Has exactly the same functionality as standard Connection header. Proxy-Connection: keep-alive

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