You can call this operation to query metadata information of an object, including ETag, Size, and LastModified. The content of the object is not returned.

  • If the requested object is a symbolic link, the information of the symbolic link is returned.
  • After the GetObjectMeta request is sent, no message body is returned no matter whether the system returns the OK message or an error.


By default, GetObjectMeta obtains the metadata of the current version of an object. If the current version of the object is a delete marker, OSS returns 404 Not Found. If you specify the version ID in your request, OSS returns metadata of the object by using the specified version ID.

Request structure

HEAD /ObjectName? objectMeta HTTP/1.1
Date: GMT Date
Authorization: SignatureValue

Response headers

Header Type Description
Content-Length String

The size of the object.

ETag String

The ETag that is created to identify the content of the object when the object is created.

If an object created by using a PutObject request, the ETag of the object is the MD5 hash of the object content. If an object is created by using other methods, the ETag value is the UUID of the object content. The ETag value of the object can be used to check whether the object content is modified. However, we recommend that you do not use the ETag of an object as the MD5 hash of the object to check data integrity.

Default value: null


  • Sample requests
    HEAD /oss.jpg? objectMeta HTTP/1.1
    Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 05:21:12 GMT
    Authorization: OSS qn6qrrqxo2oawuk53otfjbyc:CTkuxpLAi4XZ+WwIfNm0Fmgb****
    Sample responses
    HTTP/1.1 200 OK
    x-oss-request-id: 559CC9BDC755F95A64485981
    Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 05:21:12 GMT
    ETag: "5B3C1A2E053D763E1B002CC607C5****"
    Last-Modified: Fri, 24 Feb 2012 06:07:48 GMT
    Content-Length: 344606
    Connection: keep-alive
    Server: AliyunOSS
  • Sample requests for a versioning-enabled bucket
    GET /example? objectMeta&versionId=CAEQNRiBgIDMh4mD0BYiIDUzNDA4OGNmZjBjYTQ0YmI4Y2I4ZmVlYzJlNGVk**** HTTP/1.1
    Date: Tue, 09 Apr 2019 06:24:00 GMT
    Authorization: OSS 5n4nrhyqrcs6ngn:i/M/c36KzrOEA/bBSHLllIAt****
    Sample responses
    HTTP/1.1 200 OK
    x-oss-version-id: CAEQNRiBgIDMh4mD0BYiIDUzNDA4OGNmZjBjYTQ0YmI4Y2I4ZmVlYzJlNGVk****
    x-oss-request-id: 5CAC3A80B7AEADE0170005F6
    Date: Tue, 09 Apr 2019 06:24:00 GMT
    ETag: "1CF5A685959CA2ED8DE6E5F8ACC2****"
    Last-Modified: Tue, 09 Apr 2019 06:24:00 GMT
    Content-Length: 119914
    Connection: keep-alive
    Server: AliyunOSS


SDKs of the GetObjectMeta operation for various programming languages:

Error codes

Error code HTTP status code Description
Not Found 404 The error message returned because the requested object does not exist.