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HTTP Header Modifiers

HTTPRoute resources can modify the headers of HTTP requests and the HTTP responses from clients. There are two types of filters available to meet these requirements: RequestHeaderModifier and ResponseHeaderModifier.

This guide shows how to use these features.

Note that these features are compatible. HTTP headers of the incoming requests and the headers of their responses can both be modified using a single HTTPRoute resource.

HTTP Request Header Modifier

HTTP header modification is the process of adding, removing, or modifying HTTP headers in incoming requests.

To configure HTTP header modification, define a Gateway object with one or more HTTP filters. Each filter specifies a specific modification to make to incoming requests, such as adding a custom header or modifying an existing header.

To add a header to a HTTP request, use a filter of the type RequestHeaderModifier, with the add action and the name and value of the header:

kind: HTTPRoute
  name: header-http-echo
    - name: acme-gw
    - matches:
        - path:
            type: PathPrefix
            value: /add-a-request-header
        - type: RequestHeaderModifier
              - name: my-header-name
                value: my-header-value
        - name: echo
          port: 8080

To edit an existing header, use the set action and specify the value of the header to be modified and the new header value to be set.

    - type: RequestHeaderModifier
          - name: my-header-name
            value: my-new-header-value

Headers can also be removed, by using the remove keyword and a list of header names.

    - type: RequestHeaderModifier
        remove: ["x-request-id"]

Using the example above would remove the x-request-id header from the HTTP request.

HTTP Response Header Modifier

Just like editing request headers can be useful, the same goes for response headers. For example, it allows teams to add/remove cookies for only a certain backend, which can help in identifying certain users that were redirected to that backend previously.

Another potential use case could be when you have a frontend that needs to know whether it’s talking to a stable or a beta version of the backend server, in order to render different UI or adapt its response parsing accordingly.

Modifying the HTTP header response leverages a very similar syntax to the one used to modify the original request, albeit with a different filter (ResponseHeaderModifier).

Headers can be added, edited and removed. Multiple headers can be added, as shown in this example below:

    - type: ResponseHeaderModifier
        - name: X-Header-Add-1
          value: header-add-1
        - name: X-Header-Add-2
          value: header-add-2
        - name: X-Header-Add-3
          value: header-add-3