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The Pragma HTTP/1.0 general header is an implementation-specific header that may have various effects along the request-response chain. It is used for backwards compatibility with HTTP/1.0 caches where the Cache-Control HTTP/1.1 header is not yet present.

Note: Pragma is not specified for HTTP responses and is therefore not a reliable replacement for the general HTTP/1.1 Cache-Control header, although it does behave the same as Cache-Control: no-cache, if the Cache-Control header field is omitted in a request. Use Pragma only for backwards compatibility with HTTP/1.0 clients.

Header type General header, but response behavior is not specified and thus implementation-specific.
Forbidden header name no
CORS-safelisted response-header yes


Pragma: no-cache



Same as Cache-Control: no-cache. Forces caches to submit the request to the origin server for validation before releasing a cached copy.


Pragma: no-cache


Specification Title
RFC 7234, section 5.4: Pragma Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1): Caching

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidIE mobileOpera AndroidiOS Safari
Basic support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

See also

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