Hypertext Transfer Protocol Status Codes

Joe • updated : June 10, 2020

Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) Status Code can be described as a standardised status codes issued by the server in response to a client’s request. Below is a list of commonly used HTTP status codes;

Status Code 1xx – Informational

  • 101 - Switching Protocols - (e.g. moving the client from HTTP to another protocol)

  • 102 - Processing - indicates that the server has received and is processing the client’s request, but no there is response available yet.

Status Code 2xx – Successful

  • 200 - Ok – The request has completed successfully.

  • 201 - Created – (e.g. a new resource).

  • 202 - Accepted – indicates that request has been accepted, but the processing has not been completed.

  • 204 - No Content – indicates that the request was successful, but there’s nothing being return to the response body.

Status Code 3xx – Redirection

  • 301 - Resource moved permanently. 

  • 304 - Not Modified – indicates that nothing was changed by the HTTP request e.g. PUT/PATCH.

  • 307 - Resource Moved Temporarily.

  • 308 - Permanent Redirect – the requested resources have permanently moved.

Status Code 4xx – Client Errors

  • 400 - Bad Request – the request could not be processed by the server due to client error (e.g. malformed request syntax).

  • 401 - Unauthorised – indicates that authorisation credentials are required.

  • 402 - Payment Required - reserved for future use in digital cash or micropayment scheme.

  • 403 - Forbidden – the request is well understood by the server, but the server has chosen to refuse the action. E.g. permission is required to access a resource or when a user attempts a prohibited action.

  • 404 - Not Found – resource URI is not recognised by the server.

  • 405 - Method Not Allowed – used when the request method is not supported for a requested resource e.g. a GET request on a form that requires data to be presented via HTTP POST.

  • 408 - Request Timeout - The client did not provide a request within the server’s allotted timeframe.

  • 409 - Conflict - Unable to perform the action, usually on a PUT due to conflict in the current state of the resource. E.g. edit conflict between multiple simultaneous updates.

  • 410 - Gone - A resource that has previously existed was permanently deleted and is no longer available for access.

  • 413 - Payload Too Large – the client request is larger than what the server is willing or able to process.

  • 414 - URI Too Long - The URI provided is too long and is not acceptable by the server.

  • 415 - Unsupported Media Type - The requested media type (content-type) is not supported by the server. E.g. a client XML request to a server that only supports JSON.

  • 429 - Too Many Requests – too many requests have been sent to the server in the given timeframe.

Status Code 5xx – Server Error

  • 500 - Internal Server Error generic error message to represent an unexpected server condition.

  • 501 - Not Implemented – Used when the client sends a request that the server did not recognise or unable to fulfil.  

  • 503 - Service Unavailable – The server is temporarily unable to respond to the request (e.g. due to overload or down for maintenance).


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