While it’s true that no browser supports it out of the box right now, there are options to enable HTTP/3. Here’s how.
🧪 As with all experimental technolgy/features: things might break! Be warned!
If you search
chrome://flags you’ll find an option named “Experimental QUIC Protocol” which you can enable:
That alone however won’t do. You’ll also need to enable a specific HTTP3 version, apparently. This extra change cannot be done through
chrome://flags, but only through a command line option.
To fully enable HTTP/3 in Chrome, you must launch it with the command line options
--enable-quic --quic-version=h3-27 :
/Applications/Google\ Chrome\ Canary.app/Contents/MacOS/Google\ Chrome\ Canary --enable-quic --quic-version=h3-27
At least Firefox 75 is required.
If you’re running (the unreleased) macOS 10.16 / iOS 14, you can now use the Develop menu and underneath Experimental Features enable it.
🙏 Thanks to Kai for digging up the fact that macOS 10.16 is required.
How to test this?
A good site to test your connection is https://www.litespeedtech.com/. Visit that site and open the DevTools of your browser (
SHIFT+CMD+I). In the Network tab enable the protocol column and refresh the page.
Here’s an example of Firefox:
quic.rocks is also a good site you can use. I did notice that Firefox for example sometimes loads that site using HTTP/1.1 and sometimes using HTTP/3 … experimental features, right? 😉
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