501 Not Implemented HTTP Status Code


HTTP status code 501 Not Implemented indicates that the server does not support the functionality required to fulfill the request. This status is typically returned when the server either does not recognize the request method, or it lacks the ability to fulfill the request. Unlike a 500 Internal Server Error, which indicates a general problem with the server's ability to process a request, a 501 error specifically means that the requested method is not supported by the server and cannot be handled.

This response might be returned, for example, when a client makes a request using a HTTP method that the server does not know or support. If a server is set up to handle only the basic HTTP GET and POST methods and a request comes in using the DELETE or PUT method, the server might respond with a 501 Not Implemented status code.

It's worth noting that a 501 response is considered a permanent error for the specific request method, and retrying the same request with the same method will likely result in the same error. Developers encountering this error should verify that the request method is correct and supported by the server. If the method is correct but not supported by the server, the server's functionality might need to be extended to handle such requests, or an alternative method must be used.


501 Not Implemented

Common Causes

Here are some common causes for a 501 status code:

  1. Method Not Supported: The most common reason for a 501 error is when the request method (e.g., GET, POST, PUT) is not supported by the server. For instance, if a server is configured only to accept GET requests and a PUT request is made, it might respond with a 501 error.

  2. HTTP Version Not Supported: If the server does not support the HTTP version specified in the request, it might return a 501 status code. Though this is less common due to the widespread use of HTTP/1.1 and increasing support for HTTP/2.

  3. Feature or Functionality Not Implemented: This error can also occur if the request is asking the server to perform an operation or use a feature that has not been implemented. For example, a request that requires the server to perform a specific action that it does not recognize or cannot perform due to lack of functionality.

  4. Server Configuration: In some cases, the server might be misconfigured, leading to a situation where it incorrectly reports that it cannot handle the request due to an unimplemented feature, even though the issue lies in the server's configuration.

  5. Proxy or Gateway Issues: If the request is routed through a proxy or gateway that does not support the requested method or feature, the proxy might return a 501 error. This scenario is less about the destination server's capabilities and more about the intermediary's limitations.

  6. Experimental Features: Sometimes, clients might use experimental or non-standard HTTP methods or features not widely supported by servers. If a server encounters such a method or feature, it might respond with a 501 status code.

When encountering a 501 error, it's important for developers to check the request method, the features being requested, and the server's capabilities or configurations to identify and resolve the issue.

Browser Support

The following table will show you the current browser support for the 501 Not Implemented HTTP status code.

Edge Chrome Firefox Opera Safari
Tablets / Mobile
Chrome Firefox Opera Safari Samsung Webview

Last updated by CSSPortal on: 1st April 2024