Hints are available, you can use them for preloading if you like.

This is a non-standard status code.

This status code is experimental.


  1. This status code indicates to the client that the server is likely to send a final response with the header fields included in the informational response.
  2. Typically, a server will include the header fields sent in a 103 Early Hints response in the final response as well. However, there might be cases when this is not desirable, such as when the server learns that the header fields in the 103 Early Hints response are not correct before the final response is sent.
  3. A client can speculatively evaluate the header fields included in a 103 Early Hints response while waiting for the final response. For example, a client might recognize a Link header field value containing the relation type preload and start fetching the target resource. However, these header fields only provide hints to the client; they do not replace the header fields on the final response.
  4. Aside from performance optimizations, such evaluation of the 103 Early Hints response's header fields must not affect how the final response is processed. A client must not interpret the 103 Early Hints response header fields as if they applied to the informational response itself (e.g., as metadata about the response).
  5. A server may use a 103 Early Hints response to indicate only some of the header fields that are expected to be found in the final response. A client should not interpret the non-existence of a header field in a 103 Early Hints response as a speculation that the header field is unlikely to be part of the final response.


The HTTP 103 Early Hints information response status code is primarily intended to be used with the Link header to allow the user agent to start preloading resources while the server is still preparing a response.

Further Reading


103 Early Hints

103 Early Hints

MDN web docs

Link Serialisation in HTTP Headers

Nottingham | The HTTP Working Group

Link header

MDN web docs