HTTP 208 Already Reported (WebDAV)


The HTTP 208 Already Reported status code is used within a DAV: propstat response element to avoid repeatedly enumerating the internal members of multiple bindings to the same collection.


The HTTP 208 response is primarily used in WebDAV environments. It is part of the WebDAV protocol extension and is utilized to indicate that the results of a previously part-reported resource are not being included again.


Client Behavior:

  1. Send WebDAV Request: The client sends a WebDAV request that involves multiple resources.
  2. Receive Response: The client receives the HTTP 208 status code for resources that have already been reported in a previous part of the multistatus response.

Server Behavior:

  1. Process WebDAV Request: The server processes the WebDAV request involving multiple resources.
  2. Send Response: The server sends a 208 Already Reported response for resources that have already been included in the response to avoid duplication.


  • WebDAV Propfind Requests: Typically used in response to WebDAV PROPFIND requests where multiple bindings to the same resource exist.
  • Reducing Response Duplication: Helps in minimizing the redundancy in multistatus responses in WebDAV operations.

Sequence Diagram

Illustrating the WebDAV request and response process for HTTP 208:

    participant Client
    participant Server as WebDAV Server

    Note over Client: Client sends a PROPFIND request
    Client->>Server: PROPFIND /collection HTTP/1.1
    Note over Server: Server processes and identifies duplicates
    Server->>Client: HTTP/1.1 207 Multi-Status
    Server->>Client: Subsequent 208 Already Reported for duplicates

Curl Request and Response Example

Example of sending a WebDAV PROPFIND request using Curl:

curl -i -X PROPFIND
# Possible response: HTTP/1.1 207 Multi-Status
# Followed by 208 Already Reported for duplicate resources

PHP cURL Request and Response Example

PHP script using cURL to send a WebDAV PROPFIND request:

$ch = curl_init('');
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
$response = curl_exec($ch);
if (strpos($response, 'HTTP/1.1 208 Already Reported') !== false) {
    echo "Some resources have already been reported.";

Python Request and Response Example

Python script to send a WebDAV PROPFIND request and handle an HTTP 208 response:

import requests
response = requests.request('PROPFIND', '')
if '208 Already Reported' in response.text:
    print("Some resources have already been reported")

Apache Configuration for HTTP 208 Already Reported

Apache configuration for WebDAV support, potentially involving 208 responses:

<VirtualHost *:80>
    # Enable WebDAV module
    <Location "/webdav">
        Dav On
        # Additional WebDAV configurations...

NGINX Configuration for HTTP 208 Already Reported

NGINX setup for WebDAV, which may include HTTP 208 responses:

server {
    listen 80;
    location /webdav {
        # WebDAV directives
        dav_methods PROPFIND;
        # Additional configurations...

HTTP 207 Multi-Status (WebDAV) HTTP 226 IM Used


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