Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) J. Reschke
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Obsoletes: 7238 April 2015
Category: Standards Track
The Hypertext Transfer Protocol Status Code 308 (Permanent Redirect)
This document specifies the additional Hypertext Transfer Protocol
(HTTP) status code 308 (Permanent Redirect).
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3. 308 Permanent Redirect
The 308 (Permanent Redirect) status code indicates that the target
resource has been assigned a new permanent URI and any future
references to this resource ought to use one of the enclosed URIs.
Clients with link editing capabilities ought to automatically re-link
references to the effective request URI (Section 5.5 of [RFC7230]) to
one or more of the new references sent by the server, where possible.
The server SHOULD generate a Location header field ([RFC7231],
Section 7.1.2) in the response containing a preferred URI reference
for the new permanent URI. The user agent MAY use the Location field
value for automatic redirection. The server's response payload
usually contains a short hypertext note with a hyperlink to the new
A 308 response is cacheable by default; i.e., unless otherwise
indicated by the method definition or explicit cache controls (see
[RFC7234], Section 4.2.2).
Note: This status code is similar to 301 (Moved Permanently)
([RFC7231], Section 6.4.2), except that it does not allow changing
the request method from POST to GET.
4. Deployment Considerations
Section 6 of [RFC7231] requires recipients to treat unknown 3xx
status codes the same way as status code 300 (Multiple Choices)
([RFC7231], Section 6.4.1). Thus, servers will not be able to rely
on automatic redirection happening similar to status codes 301, 302,
Therefore, the use of status code 308 is restricted to cases where
the server has sufficient confidence in the client's understanding
the new code or when a fallback to the semantics of status code 300
is not problematic. Server implementers are advised not to vary the
status code based on characteristics of the request, such as the
User-Agent header field ("User-Agent Sniffing") -- doing so usually
results in code that is both hard to maintain and hard to debug and
would also require special attention to caching (i.e., setting a
"Vary" response header field, as defined in Section 7.1.4 of
Note that many existing HTML-based user agents will emulate a refresh
when encountering an HTML <meta> refresh directive ([HTML],
Section 126.96.36.199). This can be used as another fallback. For
GET / HTTP/1.1
HTTP/1.1 308 Permanent Redirect
Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8
The document has been moved to
5. Security Considerations
All security considerations that apply to HTTP redirects apply to the
308 status code as well (see Section 9 of [RFC7231]).
Unsecured communication over the Internet is subject to man-in-the-
middle modification of messages, including changing status codes or
redirect targets. Use of Transport Layer Security (TLS) is one way
to mitigate those attacks. See Section 9 of [RFC7230] for related
attacks on authority and message integrity.
The definition for the new status code 308 reuses text from the
HTTP/1.1 definitions of status codes 301 and 307.
Furthermore, thanks to Ben Campbell, Cyrus Daboo, Adrian Farrell,
Eran Hammer-Lahav, Bjoern Hoehrmann, Barry Leiba, Subramanian
Moonesamy, Kathleen Moriarty, Peter Saint-Andre, Robert Sparks, and
Roy Fielding for feedback on this document.
Julian F. Reschke
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