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Andreas Thomas

What is keepalive?

Whenever you make an HTTP request to a server, your computer and the server create a connection, sending some data back and forth and closing the connection afterward. This is an excellent system, as it cleans up after itself if you infrequently connect to the same server. However, suppose you need to communicate with the same server multiple times in short succession. Then, every new connection would require a new TLS handshake, which causes numerous round trips between you and the server. So instead, we can keep the connection open and reduce the latency for each subsequent request by enabling keepalive.