504 Error - How to Avoid?

Error 1010 example

A 504 error is an HTTP status code indicating that one server did not receive a timely response from another server that it was accessing while attempting to load the web page or complete another request. In the context of web scraping, this can occur when your scraping tool sends requests faster than the target server can handle.

Strategies to Overcome 504 Errors

  1. Throttling Requests: Implementing a delay between your requests can reduce the load on the target server, decreasing the likelihood of triggering a 504 error.
  2. Optimize Your Scraper’s Efficiency: Refining your scraper to only fetch necessary pages or data can lessen the number of requests sent, minimizing the server’s load.
  3. Retry Mechanisms: Incorporating a retry logic in your scraper ensures that if a 504 error occurs, the request will be attempted again after a short delay, improving the chances of success.
  4. Monitor and Adapt: Using monitoring tools to observe the performance of your scrapers can help identify when 504 errors are most likely to occur, allowing you to adjust your scraping strategy accordingly.

Bright Data’s Solutions

Bright Data offers a range of products that can assist in navigating around 504 Gateway Timeout Errors effectively:

  1. Proxy Services: Use the different proxy services Bright Data has to offer while managing IP rotation rules.
  2. Rotating Proxies: These proxies automatically rotate IP addresses, ensuring each request appears as coming from a different user, significantly reducing the likelihood of encountering Error 1010.
  3. Web Scraper API: Handles proxy rotation, CAPTCHAs, request retries, and more, simplifying the process of web scraping while minimizing the chances of encountering 504 errors.


By employing these methods and tools, overcoming 504 Gateway Timeout Errors becomes manageable, ensuring smoother and more effective web scraping operations. Start your free proxy trial today.

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