Tired Of Seeing The Error 500? Learn About It And Fix It Yourself!

The Error 500

Each one of us makes errors but most of them can be corrected when we know the root cause of them. Similarly, in technical jargon, an error is described as an unexpected issue that hinders the normal and smooth functioning of any program or with the computer itself. Therefore, it can either be a hardware problem or a software problem and both these issues are termed under the one word, error.

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In computer, errors are classified into different types like syntax errors, logical errors, semantic errors, system errors, runtime errors, etc. these are classified on the basis and nature of where the error has occurred, and accordingly categorized and allotted to the respective category. Similarly, we have 500 internal server error that almost every one of us has encountered many times but at the same time, everyone is unaware of the cause of the error. To know in detail about the 500 internal server error, let us get into the article!

What Is Error 500 In The Computers?

Error 500 or 500 internal server error is an HTTP status code that provides you with information regarding whether your online request was successful or not. The HTTP error 500 means that that there might be something gone wrong with the website that you are trying to reach now but the error 500 message is not always clear and defined as the server is not yet sure with either the cause of the error or what the exact problem is. 

This is the reason that when you try to open a webpage and it shows the 500 internal server error, you can no longer access it. Fortunately, there are different ways with which you can find the cause if just in case you encounter the HTTP error 500 messages on your computer. 

What Are The Meanings Of Status Codes In 500 Internal Server Error?

When you see a 500 error message, it is just a blanket term for the error that has many sub-types and each of the errors has a unique code that represents the kind and the nature of the error 500 made by either of them: user and website. These unique codes are called ‘status codes.’ The web server shows the message (status code) accordingly if the client’s request is approved by the website or not.

Let us give you a quick example in layman’s terms without the use of any technical or programming jargon. Supposedly, you open the webpage of the website xyz.com. The server immediately sends the request to the website and if everything goes well, then the browser will receive the status code: 200. However, the user/client will never be able to see the message of approval as the server opens the desired webpage in place of the message.

Now take the opposite case, for example,  you open a website and it shows 400 or 500 codes. Each one of the status codes here represents where the mistake has occurred. If the 400 error is shown, it means the mistake so from the user’s/client’s side but if it shows error 500  it means it is a server error. The 500 internal server error is a collective status code for different kinds of server errors. Therefore, no user can determine at the first glance, without delving into it a little bit, what kind of error has happened under the ‘500 internal server error’ heading.

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How To Know Which 500 Error The User Has Encountered On Your Computer?

With many status codes allotted for each error, one has to either memorize all the status codes to trace the cause of the error or list the status codes regarding the 500 error somewhere. 

One cannot know by a simple google search about the status code and the location of the problem. To know this, you have to install Microsoft Internet Information Services (Microsoft IIS) on their laptops where the error code will be specified and the number after the decimal shows us the detailed cause of the error made. Here are some of the error codes explained briefly, that we experience every day.

  • 500.0: it means there is an error in the  Module or ISAPI
  • 500.11: the application you are trying to open is shutting down on the webserver unexpectedly.
  • 500.15: any sort of direct requests for global.asax are not allowed on the webpage.
  • 500.19: Configuration data entered is invalid.
  • 500.50: shows when a rewrite error occurred during RQ_BEGIN_REQUEST notification handling.
  • 500.13: it means the webserver is too busy at the moment and cannot open the webpage due to heavy traffic.
  • 500.12: the application is busy restarting itself on the webserver.
  • 500.51: it shows a rewrite error that has occurred during GL_PRE_BEGIN_REQUEST notification handling.
  • 500.53: A rewrite error occurred during RQ_RELEASE_REQUEST_STATE notification handling. An outbound rule execution error occurred.
  • 500.100: there is an internal ASP error.
  • 500.21: the module you entered is not recognized.
  • 500.52: shown when a rewrite error has occurred during RQ_SEND_RESPONSE notification handling.

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The Causes Of 500 Internal Server Error 

Now that we have learnt about the specific codes under the HTTP error 500, it becomes important to learn the cause of the 500 error to fix it by yourself. We know that if the error 500 occurs, there has been an error in the configuration of the server.

Here are some of the reasons for the occurrence of error 500:

  1. The major reasons related to permission. It can happen due to uploading of the incorrect file and if the permission of files and folders are not set out.
  2. There can also be a piece of the bug in the code.
  3. Another reason is that your server might have timed out.
  4. The other side server or PHP times out.
  5. There can be errors in the .htacces.
  6. There is a PHP memory limit set which results in error 500 thereby restricting the access.


This was everything you needed to know about the 500 internal server error. You can also resort to the customer complaint section of the website if you are not able to fix the error.


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