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API-based projects are more and more popular, and they are pretty easy to create in Laravel. But one topic is less talked about – it’s error handling for various exceptions. API consumers often complain that they get “Server error” but no valuable messages. So, how to handle API errors gracefully? How to return them in “readable” form?

For APIs, correct errors are even more important than for web-only browser projects. As people, we can understand the error from browser message and then decide what to do, but for APIs – they are usually consumed by other software and not by people, so returned result should be “readable by machines”. And that means HTTP status codes.

Every request to the API returns some status code, for successful requests it’s usually 200, or 2xx with XX as other number.

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