This document describes how your application should serve and respond to requests.
Your application is responsible for starting a webserver and handling requests. You can use any web framework that’s available for your development language.App Engine runs multiple instances of your application, each instance has its own web server for handling requests. Any request can be routed to any instance, so consecutive requests from the same user are not necessarily sent to the same instance. An instance can handle multiple requests concurrently. The number of instances can be adjusted automatically as traffic changes.
An incoming HTTP request includes the HTTP headers sent by the client. For security purposes, some headers are sanitized or amended by intermediate proxies before they reach the application.
Headers that match the following pattern are removed from the request:
App Engine adds the following headers to all requests:
Via: "1.1 google"
X-Forwarded For: <client IP(s)>, <global forwarding rule IP>
A comma-delimited list of IP addresses through which the client request has been routed. The first IP in this list is generally the IP of the client that created the request. The subsequent IPs provide information about proxy servers that also handled the request before it reached the application server. For example:
X-Forwarded-For: clientIp, proxy1Ip, proxy2Ip
X-Forwarded-Proto [http | https]
httpsbased on the protocol the client used to connect to your application.
The Google Cloud Load Balancer terminates all
https connections, and then
forwards traffic to App Engine instances over
http. For example, if a user
requests access to your site via
https://[MY-PROJECT-ID].appspot.com, the X-
Forwarded-Proto header value is
As explained below, there are limits that apply to the response you generate, and the response may be modified before it is returned to the client.
By default, all responses from App Engine are buffered in 64k-blocks. In some
cases, it might make sense to disable buffering and directly stream bytes to the
client. This is generally preferred when using hanging GETs or Server Sent
Events (SSEs). To disable buffering, you can set the
response header to
HTTP Strict Transport Security
For security reasons, all applications should encourage clients to connect over
https. You can use the Strict-Transport-Security header to instruct the
browser to prefer
http for a given page or an entire domain, for
Strict-Transport-Security: max-age=31536000; includeSubDomains
You can use the
which handles setting HTTP security headers.
Quotas and limits
Google App Engine automatically allocates resources to your application as traffic increases. However, this is bound by the following restrictions:
App Engine reserves automatic scaling capacity for applications with low latency, where the application responds to requests in less than one second. Applications with very high latency, such as over one second per request for many requests, and high throughput require Silver, Gold, or Platinum support. Customers with this level of support can request higher throughput limits by contacting their support representative.
Applications that are heavily CPU-bound may also incur some additional latency in order to efficiently share resources with other applications on the same servers. Requests for static files are exempt from these latency limits.
Each incoming request to the application counts toward the Requests limit. Data sent in response to a request counts toward the Outgoing Bandwidth (billable) limit.
Both HTTP and HTTPS (secure) requests count toward the Requests, Incoming Bandwidth (billable), and Outgoing Bandwidth (billable) limits. The Cloud Platform Console Quota Details page also reports Secure Requests, Secure Incoming Bandwidth, and Secure Outgoing Bandwidth as separate values for informational purposes. Only HTTPS requests count toward these values. For more information, see the Quotas page.
- A maximum of ~15KB in request headers is allowed.
- The total size of the request is limited to ~32MB.
- All HTTP/2 requests will be translated into HTTP/1.1 requests when forwarded to the application server.
- SSL connections are terminated at the load balancer. Traffic from the load balancer is sent to the instance over an encrypted channel, and then forwarded to the application server over HTTP. The X-Forwarded-Proto header lets you understand if the origin request was HTTP or HTTPs.
- Responses are buffered by 64k blocks.
- The response size is unlimited.
- The response time limit is one hour.
The following features are not supported by App Engine flexible environment:
- HTTP/2 traffic to the backend service
- HTTP requests that directly access instances