Location response header indicates the URL to
redirect a page to. It only provides a meaning when served with a
3xx (redirection) or
201 (created) status response.
In cases of redirection, the HTTP method used to make the new request to fetch the page
pointed to by
Location depends on the original method and the kind of
303(See Other) responses always lead to the use of a
307(Temporary Redirect) and
308(Permanent Redirect) don't change the method used in the original request.
301(Moved Permanently) and
302(Found) don't change the method most of the time, though older user-agents may (so you basically don't know).
All responses with one of these status codes send a
In cases of resource creation, it indicates the URL to the newly created resource.
Content-Location are different.
Location indicates the target of a redirection or the URL of a newly
Content-Location indicates the direct URL to
use to access the resource when content negotiation happened,
without the need of further content negotiation.
Location is a header
associated with the response, while
Content-Location is associated
with the entity returned.
A relative (to the request URL) or absolute URL.
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