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Chapter 17. HTTP > Server Responses and Status Codes

17.2. Server Responses and Status Codes

The server's response to a client request is grouped into three parts. The first line is the server response line, which contains the HTTP version number, a three-digit number indicating the status of the request (called a server response code or status code), and a short phrase describing the status. The response line is followed by the header information and an entity body if there is one.

Status codes are typically generated by web servers. However, they can also be generated by CGI scripts that bypass the server's precooked headers and supply their own. Status codes are grouped as follows.


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