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This is the wiki home of the IETF HTTPbis Working Group. We're chartered to:

  • Revise and clarify RFC2616 -- the HTTP 1.1 specification -- to improve interoperability and security, and
  • Develop the next version of HTTP -- HTTP/2.0.

  1. Revising HTTP/1.1
  2. Developing HTTP/2.0
  3. Other HTTP-Related Work
  4. Participate
  5. People

Looking for HTTP/2?
See the new HTTP/2 Home Page.

Upcoming Interim Meeting
We'll be meeting in Zurich, CH 22-24 January. See the arrangements page for details.

Revising HTTP/1.1

The HTTP/1.1 specification has been split up into several drafts for readability and modularity; see the Drafts directory for a current snapshot of all HTTP-related drafts.

Note that p3 was folded into p2.

Additionally, we're publishing:

Our published RFCs:

See also:

Issue Handling

For all deliverables, we have two basic types of issues; "design" and "editorial".

Design issues need to be discussed by the Working Group to reach consensus. This generally happens on the mailing list when the issue is raised, but the editors sometimes incorporate a proposed resolution to a design issue in a draft, so that the WG can see it in-situ. Such tickets aren't fully closed until the group confirms the proposal after it is published.

Editorial issues can be resolved by the editors without consultation with the group, although sometimes an editor will poll the group for advice.

Developing HTTP/2.0

We're also developing the next version of the Web's protocol, HTTP/2.0. Find out more on the HTTP/2 Home Page.

Other HTTP-Related Work

We track other items for potential work (as allowed by our our charter) as PotentialWork.


As with all IETF Working Groups, almost all discussion and decisions are made on our mailing list. Joining this list is "joining" the Working Group, and is the best way to participate.

We meet at least twice a year at IETF meetings; see also materials from past meetings.

During our official meetings, we use an XMPP (Jabber) channel at xmpp:// (archives) provided by the IETF.

ALL contributors and participants in the Working Group (i.e., on the mailing list and in physical meetings) MUST read and understand the NOTE WELL statement.


Many people have contributed to HTTP's development over the years, and likewise there are many people participating in HTTPbis. The people holding official positions in this effort are: