HTTP 508 Loop Detected (WebDAV)


The HTTP 508 Loop Detected status code is utilized in the Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) protocol. It indicates that the server has detected a processing loop while handling the request.


The HTTP 508 response is sent by the server to inform the client that there is a loop detected during the processing of the request. This typically occurs in situations where a circular reference or loop is encountered.


Client Behavior:

  1. Send Request: The client sends a request that triggers a processing loop on the server.
  2. Receive Response: The client receives an HTTP 508 status code indicating the detected loop.

Server Behavior:

  1. Detect Loop: The server identifies a processing loop during the handling of the request.
  2. Send Response: The server sends a 508 Loop Detected response to the client.


  • Circular References: Commonly encountered in scenarios where there are circular references or loops in the processing logic.

Sequence Diagram

Illustrating the process for an HTTP 508 response:

    participant Client
    participant Server

    Note over Client: Step 1: Client sends a request triggering a loop
    Client->>Server: POST /resource HTTP/1.1 (Step 1)

    Note over Server: Step 2: Server detects a loop in processing
    Server-->>Client: HTTP/1.1 508 Loop Detected (Step 2)

Curl Request and Response Example

Sending a request using Curl that results in a loop detected response:

curl -i -X POST
# Expected response: HTTP/1.1 508 Loop Detected

PHP cURL Request and Response Example

PHP script using cURL to handle a 508 Loop Detected response:

$ch = curl_init('');
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
$response = curl_exec($ch);
if (curl_getinfo($ch, CURLINFO_HTTP_CODE) == 508) {
    echo "Loop Detected";

Python Request and Response Example

Python script sending a request triggering a loop and handling a 508 Loop Detected response:

import requests
response ='')
if response.status_code == 508:
    print("Loop Detected")

Apache Configuration for HTTP 508 Loop Detected

Configuring Apache to handle 508 errors:

# Apache Configuration Example
ErrorDocument 508 "Loop Detected"

NGINX Configuration for HTTP 508 Loop Detected

NGINX configuration for handling 508 errors:

# NGINX Configuration Example
error_page 508 /508.html;
location = /508.html {
    return 508 "Loop Detected";

HTTP 507 Insufficient Storage (WebDAV) HTTP 509 Bandwidth Limit Exceeded (Apache)


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