504 Gateway Timeout HTTP Status Code


The HTTP status code 504 Gateway Timeout indicates that a server acting as a gateway or proxy did not receive a timely response from an upstream server it accessed in attempting to complete the request. This status code suggests that while the primary server responsible for handling the request is reachable through the gateway or proxy, the connection to the upstream server (which could be another server the gateway must communicate with to fulfill the request) timed out.

Essentially, a 504 status code means the server could not get a response in time from another server that it was trying to access in the process of fulfilling the request. This could be due to the upstream server being overloaded, down, or unreachable for some reason. The problem is often temporary and might be resolved by retrying the request after some time.


504 Gateway Timeout

Common Causes

The causes for a 504 Gateway Timeout Error can include:

  1. Network Errors: The most common cause is network issues between servers. This could be due to problems with the internet connection, routers, or other networking equipment and infrastructure that disrupts communication.

  2. Server Overload: If the upstream server is overloaded with requests, it might not be able to process them all in a timely manner, leading to a 504 error. This is often seen on high traffic websites or during a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.

  3. Firewall Issues: Sometimes, firewalls or security solutions might mistakenly block requests between servers, interpreting them as an attack, which can lead to a 504 error.

  4. Server Maintenance or Failure: Scheduled maintenance or unexpected failures in the upstream server can result in a 504 error if the server is unable to handle requests during that time.

  5. DNS Issues: Problems with DNS configuration or propagation can cause a server not to be found, leading to a 504 error. This could be due to recent changes in DNS records that have not yet propagated or incorrect DNS settings.

  6. Timeout Settings: Each server has its own configuration for how long it waits for a response from another server. If these timeout settings are too short, it can lead to premature 504 errors.

  7. Content Delivery Networks (CDN) Issues: If a website uses a CDN and there are issues within the CDN's network, it could lead to a 504 error.

While some of these issues can be resolved by the website or server administrators (like adjusting server resources or configurations), as an end-user, there's often not much you can do except retry the request later or contact the website's support if the problem persists.

Browser Support

The following table will show you the current browser support for the 504 Gateway Timeout HTTP status code.

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

Last updated by CSSPortal on: 1st April 2024