The Pragma HTTP/1.0 general header is an implementation-specific header that may have various effects along the request-response chain. This header serves for backwards compatibility with the HTTP/1.0 caches that do not have a Cache-Control HTTP/1.1 header.

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 its behavior is 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 Request header, Response header (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 a cached copy is released.


Pragma: no-cache


Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1): Caching
# header.pragma

Browser compatibility

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See also