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HTTP is the application-layer protocol with which most web pages are transferred. As part of HTTP, requests can include a "Referer" (sic) header that tells the server which page the user was on that initiated the request. Servers use this information to track users' paths through the site and possibly provide additional features.

Additionally, in JavaScript, the current page’s referrer is exposed in the DOM through document.referrer. Scripts running on the page can consult this property to see the same information that was sent in the Referer header.

This preference controls when to send the Referer header and set document.referrer.

Possible values and their effects


Never send the Referer header or set document.referrer.


Send the Referer header when clicking on a link, and set document.referrer for the following page.


Send the Referer header when clicking on a link or loading an image, and set document.referrer for the following page. (Default)


  • Disabling Referer headers may cause some functionality on some sites to no longer work.

Recommended settings

Those concerned with privacy can set this to 0, realizing that this may adversely affect some sites. Those wanting to ensure compatibility should leave it at the default.

First checked in

2001-05-11 by Darin Fisher

Has an effect in

  • Netscape (all versions since 6.1)
  • Mozilla Suite (all versions since 0.9)
  • Mozilla Phoenix (all versions)
  • Mozilla Firebird (all versions)
  • Mozilla Firefox (all versions)
  • SeaMonkey (all versions)
  • Camino (all versions)
  • Minimo (all versions)

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