Gzip Content Encoding in Guzzle 6

Guzzle 6 removes the Content-Encoding header by default. (See: https://github.com/guzzle/guzzle/blob/master/src/Handler/StreamHandler.php#L170) This is a bit annoying if you want to check whether a website uses Gzip or not.

If you pass a header and a decode_content option to the client, the Content-Encoding header won't be removed:

$client = new Client([
	headers' => [
		'Accept-Encoding' => 'gzip',
	'decode_content' => null,

$headers = $client->head('uri')->getHeaders();

You can verify this by sending a raw cURL request, e.g.:

curl -L -I -H 'Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate' http://www.google.com

Important: if you don't get valid response headers back, but you are sure gzip is enabled, it might be that the module 'mod_headers' (Apache) isn't enabled.

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