203 Non-Authoritative Information
203 Non-Authoritative Information is a status-code that might be used by
a HTTP proxy.
A HTTP Proxy sits in the middle between a client and a server (origin). In some cases a HTTP Proxy might make changes to the response before it reaches the client.
Perhaps because the Proxy converts the format, or maybe it adds something to the HTML body.
For these situations a proxy can indicate that it changed something by
changing the status-code to
However, this status-code has some issues. If a proxy changed the status-code,
it’s no longer possible to see what the original status code was. Maybe it was
404 before. That information is now lost.
The RFC actually suggest to use the
Warning header for this instead.
The warning header can be set to the code
214 Transformation applied. The
benefit of a warning code over a status-code is that it can be set without
obscuring what the original status code was.
I would not recommend using
203, and I’m not aware of any software that does.
Warning header is better.
203 Non-Authorititative Information:
HTTP/1.1 203 Non-Authoritative Information Content-Type: text/plain Content-Length: 515 ...
HTTP/1.1 200 OK Content-Type: text/plain Warning: 214 proxy.example.org "We censored the response. srry" Content-Length: 515 ...
Even though the Warning header is actually required when proxies modify the response, most proxies don’t appear to include it.
Non-Authoritative Information has 10 syllables. It shares
the #1 spot for most syllables with another status code.