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Configure HTTP Header

Last updated: 2021-08-05 12:21:37

    If your application has been migrated to the CDN console, you can go to the console for operation by referring to Content Delivery Network.

    An HTTP message generally contains:

    • Request message sent from client to server.
    • Response message sent from server to client.

    These messages all consist of a beginning line, one or multiple headers, a blank line indicating the end of headers, and an optional message body.

    HTTP headers divide into common header, request header, response header, and entity header. Each header consists of a domain name, colon (":"), and domain value, such as Connection:keep-alive.
    If you use the HTTP header configuration feature provided by ECDN, when an end user requests a business resource, you can add a custom header in the returned response message to implement cross-origin access.


    • As the HTTP header configuration is for a specified domain name, once the configuration takes effect, the configured header will be added to the response messages of user requests for any resource under this domain name.
    • HTTP header configuration affects only response of the client (such as browser) rather than ECDN node's caching behaviors.

    Configuration Description

    ECDN allows you to configure the following headers:

    • Content-Disposition: it activates download in the browser and sets the default filename of the downloaded file.
    • Content-Language: it specifies the language used in the client (such as browser) response for the resource.
    • Access-Control-Allow-Origin: it specifies the sources of cross-origin requests allowed to access the resource.
    • Access-Control-Allow-Methods: it specifies the allowed methods of cross-origin requests.
    • Access-Control-Max-Age: it specifies the validity period for caching the returned result of preflight request for a particular resource when a cross-origin request is initiated.
    • Access-Control-Expose-Headers: it specifies the headers visible to the client when a cross-origin request is initiated.

    General configuration


    Content-Disposition is used to activate download in the browser and set the default filename of the downloaded resource. When the server sends a file to the client browser, if it is in a type supported by the browser, such as .txt or .jpg, it will be directly opened in the browser by default. If you want to ask the user to save the file, you can configure the Content-Disposition field to override the browser's default behavior. The common configuration is Content-Disposition:attachment;filename=FileName.txt


    Content-Language specifies the code of the language used by the webpage. Common configurations are as follows:

    • Content-Language: zh-CN
    • Content-Language: en-US

    Cross-Origin access configuration

    Cross-origin access refers to a scenario where a resource under a domain name, such as www.abc.com, initiates a request to another resource under another domain name, such as www.def.com. As the resource domain names are different, cross-origin access will occur. Using different protocols or ports can cause cross-origin access. You need to add configuration related to cross-origin access in the response header to make the first resource get the desired data.


    Access-Control-Allow-Origin is used to solve the problem of cross-origin permissions of resources. Its value specifies the origins that can access the resource. You can also set the wildcard \* to allow all origins to access the resource. Common configurations are as follows:

    • Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *
    • Access-Control-Allow-Origin: http://www.test.com

    Pay attention to the following limits when configuring Access-Control-Allow-Origin:

    • Do not use wildcard domain names, e.g., *.qq.com.
    • Only configure it as \* or specify a URI.
    • When configuring a specified domain name, add the "http://" or "https://" prefix.


    Access-Control-Allow-Methods is used to specify the HTTP request methods allowed for cross-origin access. Multiple methods can be set as follows:
    Access-Control-Allow-Methods: POST, GET, OPTIONS


    Access-Control-Max-Age specifies the validity period of a preflight request.
    For a non-simple cross-origin request, before the formal communication, an HTTP query request called "preflight request" needs to be made to check whether the cross-origin request is secure and acceptable. The following requests are considered as non-simple cross-origin requests:

    • The request is initiated in a method other than GET, HEAD, and POST or is initiated by using POST with a data type other than application/x-www-form-urlencoded, multipart/form-data, and text/plain, such as application/xml or text/xml.
    • A custom request header is used.

    Access-Control-Max-Age is measured in seconds. Here, the configuration sample Access-Control-Max-Age: 1728000 indicates that no more preflight requests will be sent for the cross-domain access to this resource within 1,728,000 seconds (20 days).


    Access-Control-Expose-Headers specifies which headers can be accessed when a cross-region request is initiated. By default, the following six types of headers can be exposed to the client:

    • Cache-Control
    • Content-Language
    • Content-Type
    • Expires
    • Last-Modified
    • Pragma

    If you want the client to access other header information, you can set as follows (separate multiple headers with ;):
    Access-Control-Expose-Headers: Content-Length, QCloud-DSA-MyCustom-HeaderY

    Then, the server will allow requests to contain the Content-Length and QCloud-DSA-MyCustom-HeaderY fields.

    Custom header

    ECDN allows you to add custom headers as needed.
    The following fields cannot be added currently:


    Configuration process

    1. Log in to the ECDN Console and click Domain Management on the left sidebar. On the management page, click Manage on the right of the target domain name to enter the domain management page.
    2. Click Advanced Configuration and click Add HTTP Header in the HTTP Header Configuration module.
    3. In the pop-up window, select the HTTP header to be added and enter the corresponding value. You can click Add Parameter to add more header fields. Click OK to submit the settings.
    4. The configuration will take effect in about 5 minutes. In the table at the bottom, you can view the added HTTP headers. You can click Modify or Delete on the right of a header to perform the corresponding operation as needed.
    5. You can click Add HTTP Header to add more HTTP headers, each of which can be added only once.
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