202 Accepted

202 Accepted, means that the server accepted the request, but it’s not sure yet if the request will be completed successfully.

The specification calls it ‘intentionally non-committal’. You might see APIs using this response for for example asynchronous batch processing. HTTP doesn’t have a standard way to communicate after a request if a request eventually succeeded. An API using this might use some other facility to later to do this.

For example, it might send an email to a user telling them that the batch process worked, or it might expose another endpoint in the API that can indicates the current status of a long-running process.


POST /my-batch-process HTTP/1.1
Content-Type: application/json

HTTP/1.1 202 Accepted
Link: </batch-status/5545> rel=""
Content-Length: 0

HTTP series

This article is part of a series about the HTTP protocol. Read them all here:

Informational 1xx

Successful 2xx

Redirection 3xx

Client Error 4xx

Server Error 5xx

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