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A MIME type (aka media type) is metadata that describes the type of a HTTP resource. Web browsers and clients usually specify the mime type of their request by including a Content-Type header (e.g., Content-Type: text/html). Web servers also add a Content-Type header to help web browsers and clients to render or manipulate the response correctly.

In short, here are some uses of a MIME type:

  • Clients find out what sort of data it received and so how to render it.
  • Servers can restrict the type of data that a client can send (e.g., only json).
  • Clients request a specific type (amongst many possibilities) from the server ( e.g., jsonhtmlxml, etc).

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Tagged: HTTP