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HTTP Responses

The API returns HTTP responses on each request to indicate the success or otherwise of API requests. The codes listed below are often used, and the API may use others. Note that 4xx and 5xx responses may be returned for any request and clients should cater for them.

Response CodeDescription
400Bad Request -- General client error, possibly malformed data.
401Unauthorized -- The API Key was not authorised (or no API Key was found).
402Payment Required -- The API is not available on your current plan.
403Forbidden -- The request is not allowed.
404Not Found -- The resource was not found.
405Method Not Allowed -- The resource does not accept the HTTP method.
406Not Acceptable -- The resource cannot return the client's required content type.
408Request Timeout -- The server would not wait any longer for the client.
409Conflict - Multiple existing users match this email address - must be more specific using user_id
415Unsupported Media Type - The server doesn't accept the submitted content-type.
422Unprocessable Entity -- The data was well-formed but invalid.
429Too Many Requests -- The client has reached or exceeded a rate limit, or the server is overloaded.
500, 502, 503, 504Server errors - something went wrong with Intercom's servers.

These responses are most likely momentary operational errors (e.g. temporary unavailability), and, as a result, requests should be retried once.