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Chunked transfer encoding

May 9, 2012

Chunked transfer encoding is a data transfer mechanism in version 1.1 of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)
in which a web server serves content in a series of chunks.
It uses the Transfer-Encoding HTTP response header in place of the
Content-Length header, which the protocol would otherwise require.
Because the Content-Length header is not used, the server does not need to know the length
of the content before it starts transmitting a response to the client (usually a web browser).
Web servers can begin transmitting responses with dynamically-generated content before
knowing the total size of that content.

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