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I am creating a "hand made" HTTP 1/0, 1/1 server. I recently integrated zip lib so now I can stream encoded gziped data in and out. I wonder Which major browsers (alive ones - IE6-IE10, Chrome, FF, etc) send Accept-Encoding: deflate, gzip, ... and so can handle Content-Encoding: gzip today? Which of them send any quality expectations? Which of them can send encoded gziped post request and multypart/form data to my server?

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Basically every browser nowadays supports deflate/gzip. This page lists many browsers and version numbers. Here's a summary plus some newer browsers:

  • Netscape 6+ (Netscape 4-5 does, but with some bugs).
  • Internet Explorer 5.5+ (July 2000) and IE 4 if set to HTTP/1.1.
  • Opera 5+ (June 200)
  • Lynx 2.6+ (some time before 1999)
  • Firefox 0.9.5+ (October 2001)
  • Chrome since forever
  • Safari since forever (as far as I can tell)

As you can see: for almost 10 years, there's full support, and (almost) nobody uses a more than 10 year old browser.

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+1 I was kind of confused, as this seems like a non-existent problem. @user1049847 maybe you need to expand your question above? –  Su' Nov 19 '11 at 10:02
And to add to this, no browser will send a gzip compressed request but almost all accept a gzip compressed response. See "Why can't browser send gzip request?" on StackOverflow. –  Marco Miltenburg Nov 19 '11 at 10:18
@Su' is right - any browser that supports gzip will send the Accept-Encoding header so you don't need to care exactly which browsers support this. Send gzip when they tell you they're able to receive it. –  DisgruntledGoat Nov 19 '11 at 13:51
The question is relevant. If you are serving static files from Amazon S3, MS Azure and others (as many do) you won't be able to dynamically respond to the accept-encoding header. Also compressing on the fly puts an added load on the CPU. –  QF_Developer Sep 27 '13 at 18:56

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