418 I'm a teapot

The HTTP 418 I'm a teapot client error response code indicates that the server refuses to brew coffee because it is, permanently, a teapot. A combined coffee/tea pot that is temporarily out of coffee should instead return 503. This error is a reference to Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol defined in April Fools' jokes in 1998 and 2014.

Some websites use this response for requests they do not wish to handle, such as automated queries.

Status

418 I'm a teapot

Specifications

Specification Title
RFC 2324, section 2.3.2: 418 I'm a teapot Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol (HTCPCP/1.0): Semantics and Content
RFC 7168, section 2.3.3: 418 I'm a teapot The Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol for Tea Efflux Appliances (HTCPCP-TEA): Response Codes

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See also