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Last-Modified

The Last-Modified response HTTP header contains the date and time at which the origin server believes the resource was last modified. It is used as a validator to determine if a resource received or stored is the same. Less accurate than an ETag header, it is a fallback mechanism. Conditional requests containing If-Modified-Since or If-Unmodified-Since headers make use of this field.

Header type Response header
Forbidden header name no
CORS-safelisted response-header yes

Syntax

Last-Modified: <day-name>, <day> <month> <year> <hour>:<minute>:<second> GMT

Directives

<day-name>
One of "Mon", "Tue", "Wed", "Thu", "Fri", "Sat", or "Sun" (case-sensitive).
<day>
2 digit day number, e.g. "04" or "23".
<month>
One of "Jan", "Feb", "Mar", "Apr", "May", "Jun", "Jul", "Aug", "Sep", "Oct", "Nov", "Dec" (case sensitive).
<year>
4 digit year number, e.g. "1990" or "2016".
<hour>
2 digit hour number, e.g. "09" or "23".
<minute>
2 digit minute number, e.g. "04" or "59".
<second>
2 digit second number, e.g. "04" or "59".
GMT

Greenwich Mean Time. HTTP dates are always expressed in GMT, never in local time.

Examples

Last-Modified: Wed, 21 Oct 2015 07:28:00 GMT 

Specifications

Specification Title
RFC 7232, section 2.2: Last-Modified Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1): Conditional Requests

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari Servo
Last-Modified(Yes)(Yes)(Yes)(Yes)(Yes)(Yes)(Yes)
Feature Android Chrome for Android Edge Mobile Firefox for Android IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Last-Modified(Yes)(Yes)(Yes)(Yes)(Yes)(Yes)(Yes)

See also

Document Tags and Contributors

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