206 Partial Content

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This HTTP response code indicates that the request was successful, but the requested file was not completely downloaded.

This response can happen if the user paused or interrupted the transfer, such as by pushing the stop button.

Though it is possible that this error may occur by external interruptions, such as interference with the network connection.

If this response is unexpected, then re-attempt the request. If this response or another response persists then you may need to contact the server support.

The HTTP 206 Partial Content success status response code indicates that the request has succeeded and the body contains the requested ranges of data, as described in the Range header of the request.

If there is only one range, the Content-Type of the whole response is set to the type of the document, and a Content-Range is provided.

If several ranges are sent back, the Content-Type is set to multipart/byteranges and each fragment covers one range, with Content-Range and Content-Type describing it.

Status

206 Partial Content

Examples

A response containing one single range:

HTTP/1.1 206 Partial Content
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2015 06:25:24 GMT
Last-Modified: Wed, 15 Nov 2015 04:58:08 GMT
Content-Range: bytes 21010-47021/47022
Content-Length: 26012
Content-Type: image/gif

... 26012 bytes of partial image data ...

A response containing several ranges:

HTTP/1.1 206 Partial Content
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2015 06:25:24 GMT
Last-Modified: Wed, 15 Nov 2015 04:58:08 GMT
Content-Length: 1741
Content-Type: multipart/byteranges; boundary=String_separator

--String_separator
Content-Type: application/pdf
Content-Range: bytes 234-639/8000

...the first range...
--String_separator
Content-Type: application/pdf
Content-Range: bytes 4590-7999/8000

...the second range
--String_separator--

Specifications

Specification
Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1): Range Requests
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