HTTP HEAD Request in Javascript/Ajax?

Is it possible to do a HTTP Head request solely using an XMLHTTPRequest in JavaScript?

My motivation is to conserve bandwidth.

If not, is it possible to fake it?

Answers:

Answer

Easy, just use the HEAD method, instead of GET or POST:

function UrlExists(url, callback)
{
    var http = new XMLHttpRequest();
    http.open('HEAD', url);
    http.onreadystatechange = function() {
        if (this.readyState == this.DONE) {
            callback(this.status != 404);
        }
    };
    http.send();
}

This is just a short example to show how to use the HEAD method. Production code may need more fine-grained callbacks for different result states (success, failure, timeout), and may use different event handlers (onload, onerror and ontimeout rather than onreadystatechange).

Answer

An XMLHTTPRequest object should have

getAllResponseHeaders();
getResponseHeader("header-name")

defined on it

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