Link types: prefetch

The prefetch keyword for the rel attribute of the <link> element is a hint to browsers that the user is likely to need the target resource for future navigations, and therefore the browser can likely improve the user experience by preemptively fetching and caching the resource.


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'prefetch' in that specification.
Living Standard

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
Chrome Full support 8Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 2IE Full support 11Opera Full support 15Safari No support NoWebView Android Full support 4.4Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support 14Safari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android Full support 1.5


Full support  
Full support
No support  
No support
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.