The Host request header specifies the domain name of the server (for virtual hosting), and (optionally) the TCP port number on which the server is listening.

If no port is given, the default port for the service requested (e.g., "80" for an HTTP URL) is implied.

A Host header field must be sent in all HTTP/1.1 request messages. A 400 (Bad Request) status code will be sent to any HTTP/1.1 request message that lacks a Host header field or contains more than one.

Header type Request header
Forbidden header name yes

Syntax

Host: <host>:<port>

Directives

<host>
the domain name of the server (for virtual hosting).
<port> Optional
TCP port number on which the server is listening.

Examples

Host: developer.cdn.mozilla.net

Specifications

Specification Title
RFC 7230, section 5.4: Host Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1): Message Syntax and Routing

Browser compatibility

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Basic supportChrome Full support YesEdge Full support YesFirefox Full support YesIE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support YesOpera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes

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