About 401:Unauthorized Error Code: Many people think that the 401 Unauthorized error code is the same as the 403 Forbidden error but this isn’t true. In 403 error, the request is valid but the server refuses to take action but in 401 error, the request is invalid or you are not authorized to enter the page. The 401 error is an HTTP status code in which authentication was required and you failed or hasn’t been provided. The page you were trying to access cannot be loaded until you first log in with a valid user ID and password.

The 401: Unauthorized Error can be presented in numerous ways. It all depends on the site you are receiving the message. This particular error message can manifest in several ways, but it’s usually just a “401 Unauthorized” tag splashed across a blank background in your web browser. some of the most common ones are:

  1. 401 Unauthorized
  2. HTTP Error 401-Unauthorized
  3. 401 Authorization Required

How To Fix Unauthorized 401 error code?

If you are having the 401 error problem then apply the solutions given below in order.

1)Check the URL:

If you are receiving a 401 error message, the first thing you need to do is to check the URL. You might have a typo in the page’s URL that could have caused this problem. Make sure that you have entered the correct URL. This is one of the common reasons for causing 401 errors.

2)Enter account details correctly:

Be careful while entering your logging details, don’t hurry. If you receive the error message, then re-enter your credentials but with correct info. If you are sure that your account details are perfectly fine but still, you can’t log in you will have to create a new account to have access to the page. 

3)Flush your DNS:

While it is very rare for DNS errors to prompt a 401: Unauthorized Error, it isn’t unheard of. Such cases have been encountered. Either way, flushing the DNS is easy to do, and often advised if you want to regularly maintain your internet service.

  1. Contact the website owner:

No matter what error code it is there is always an option to contact the webmaster in case of errors. If non of the solution provided above is working, you are left with nothing but contacting the webmaster, letting them know and wait for them to solve your problem.

We hope that either of the 5 solutions works for you and you got rid of the problem. 

401 Code References

The code references for the HTTP 401 Error Code are

  • Rails HTTP Status Symbol: unauthorized
  • Go HTTP Status Constant http.StatusUnauthorized
  • Symfony HTTP Status Constant Response::HTTP_UNAUTHORIZED
  • Python2 HTTP Status Constant httplib.UNAUTHORIZED
  • Python3+ HTTP Status Constant http.client.UNAUTHORIZED
  • Python3.5+ HTTP Status Constant http.HTTPStatus.UNAUTHORIZED

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