HTTP Response Codes & Errors
A summary of HTTP Response Codes returned by the Xero API is shown below.
|200||OK||Successful API call. Learn more|
|400||Bad Request||A validation exception has occured. Learn more|
|401||Unauthorised||Invalid authorization credentials. Learn more|
|403||Forbidden||The client SSL certificate was not valid. This indicates the Xero Entrust certificate required for partner API applications is not being supplied in the connection|
|404||Not Found||The resource you have specified cannot be found|
|500||Internal Error||An unhandled error with the Xero API. Contact the Xero API team if problems persist.|
|501||Not Implemented||The method you have called has not been implemented (e.g. POST Organisation)|
|503||Rate Limit Exceeded||The API rate limit for your organisation/application pairing has been exceeded. Learn more|
|503||Not Available||API is currently unavailable – typically due to a scheduled outage – try again soon. Learn more|
|503||Organisation offline||The organisation temporarily cannot be connected to. Learn more|
Common response codes
HTTP 200 OK
- The Xero API will return with a HTTP 200 for successful requests
- If you are utlilising the summarizeErrors=false querystring parameter you’ll always receive a HTTP 200 response even though some of the elements may have failed. Learn more
HTTP 400 Bad Request
HTTP 400 responses include an “ApiException” element in the response that contains a useful summary of the reason for the error.
<ApiException> <ErrorNumber>10</ErrorNumber> <Type>ValidationException</Type> <Message>A validation exception occurred</Message> <Elements> <DataContractBase xsi:type="Invoice"> <ValidationErrors> <ValidationError> <Message>Email address must be valid.</Message> </ValidationError> </ValidationErrors> </DataContractBase> </Elements> </ApiException>
HTTP 401 Unauthorised
A customer may disconnect your application from within Xero at anytime so at the very least you should implement functionality to handle a 401 error and allow a customer to easily reauthorize your application.
A description of the reason for the error is returned in response using the following format.
HTTP 503 Rate Limit Exceeded
An application can use up to 1000 API calls against a particular Xero organisation in a rolling 24 hour period. The following will be returned in the body if you exceed a rate limit.
HTTP 503 Not Available
From time to time we might require a short outage to carry out maintenance or upgrades. In most cases the Xero API will respond with a HTTP 503 when it is not available, and provide one of the following response bodies:
The Xero API is currently offline for maintenance
The Xero API is temporarily unavailable
HTTP 503 Organisation Offline
A specific organisation may not be available though the Xero APIs themselves are online. In this instance, the below response will be returned. Typically this situation may occur for several minutes. A retry interval of 5mins or so is recommended.
The Organisation is offline