503 status code - what is it and how to avoid it?

Response status code 503 generally means the service is unavailable. This could mean that the server can't handle the requests because of technical issues. In web scraping, this can also mean that server is refusing to serve web scrapers.

To avoid status code 503 when web scraping we should ensure that the server cannot identify the web scraper connections. For that refer to our how to scrape without being blocked guide which covers all of the ways to prevent web scrapers from being identified.

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