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Every HTTP request has a method. It’s the first thing in the first line:

GET /cat.png HTTP/1.1

GET means it’s a GET request

There are 9 methods in the HTTP standard. 80% of the time you’ll only use 2 (GET and POST).


When you type an URL into your browser, that’s a GET request.

client, represented by a box with a smiley face:

GET /cat.png

server, also represented by a box with a smiley face:

200 OK
Content-Type: image/png

<the cat picture>


When you hit submit on a form, that’s (usually) a POST request.


POST /add_cat
Content-Type: application/json 

{"name": "mr darcy"}

(POST requests usually have a request body)


200 OK
Content-Type: text/html

<after sign up page>

The big difference between GET and POST is that GETs are never supposed to change anything on the server.

Returns the same result as GET, but without the response body.


HEAD /cat.png


200 OK
Content-Type: image/png

(no image, just headers)

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