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How to enable gZip HTTP compression on Microsoft Azure API endpoint?

By: Netreo
July 1, 2015

GZip HTTP compression is website and web application performance optimization technique that enables in speeding up website /web application load time. However, developers often struggle to enable compression on dynamic content.

This article will provide a very simple step to enable gZip HTTP compression on dynamic content in Azure

Here is the process;

1.     Edit your ServiceDefinition.csdef file to contain this in the WebRole tag:


2.     In your web-role, create a text file and save it as “EnableCompression.cmd”

3.     EnableCompression.cmd should contain this:

%windir%system32inetsrvappcmd set config /section:urlCompression /doDynamicCompression:True /commit:apphost
%windir%system32inetsrvappcmd set config  -section:system.webServer/httpCompression /+"dynamicTypes.[mimeType='application/json; charset=utf-8',enabled='True']" /commit:apphost

This simple process will enables dynamic compression for the json returned by the web-role in Azure. 

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