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05. Headers

How to configure Headers for your APIs


Overview

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Request headers are typically used for authentication and to provide information about the body of the request. They represent the metadata associated with API requests and responses.

The Headers pass information regarding authentication, specify body type and track issues. These can be needed for:

  • Request and Response Body
  • Request Authorization
  • Response Caching
  • Response Cookies
  • HTTP connection types and more

Firecamp allows you to create and configure headers from the Headers tab available in the request panel of the API app. Where headers can either be added in key-value pairs or by using variables through environment snippets.

Some popular headers are mentioned below:

  • Authorization: Carries credentials or UUID keys containing the authentication information of the client for the resource being requested.

  • Content-Type: Indicates media type (text/html or text/JSON etc.) of the response sent to the client by the server. This will help the client in processing the response body correctly.

  • Accept-Charset: Indicates character sets acceptable by the client to the server.

  • Cache-Control: Indicates cache policy defined by the server, a cached response can be stored by the client and re-used till the time defined by the Cache-Control header.

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