304 Not Modified

The HTTP 304 Not Modified client redirection response code indicates that there is no need to retransmit the requested resources. It is an implicit redirection to a cached resource. This happens when the request method is safe, like a GET or a HEAD request, or when the request is conditional and uses a If-None-Match or a If-Modified-Since header.

If the equivalent 200 OK response would have included the headers Cache-Control, Content-Location, Date, ETag, Expires, and Vary.

Many developer tools' network panels of browsers create extraneous requests leading to 304 responses, so that access to the local cache is visible to developers.


304 Not Modified


Specification Title
RFC 7232, section 4.1: 304 Not Modified Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1): Conditional Requests

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