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How to fix error: read econnreset?

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As easy as web development has become, it can still be quite the hassle working with online APIs sending requests back and forth between the client and the server. Error codes and request denials are something every web developer has to face. 

In this article, we’re talking about the “error: read econnreset” issue, its causes and what you can do to fix the problem.

What causes this error?

The error is generally triggered when the server unexpectedly closes the connection and the request doesn’t get fulfilled. Some common causes include:

  • Internet connectivity issues.
  • Active VPN or firewall blocking the connection. 
  • Issues with the API. 
  • Issues with the API call. 

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How to fix this?

Here are four fixes you can find out. 

Restart your router

Power cycling your network equipment is the fix to more issues than you can think. More often than not, connectivity issues can be caused by an underlying bug in your router and can be fixed by rebooting.

Disable VPN

Another possible cause for the issue could be that you’re using a VPN. Many API services are either geo-restricted or can’t authenticate themselves over a VPN. Using a VPN can cause problems with their functionality and content availability causing the error.

Alternatively, some APIs require the user to be behind a VPN for them to work. Check your API’s documentation to see if that’s the case and act accordingly. 

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Check if the service is running

If you’re using a third-party API, check its server status to see if the API is online and running without issues. If the API you’re using is down because of either performance or maintenance reasons, chances are you’ll keep facing the issue until it comes back online. 

Check the documentation

Next up, check the API documentation to ensure you’re making the call correctly and the elements mentioned below are in the right format. 

  • Request headers. 
  • Request body parameters.
  • Query parameters.
  • HTTP method.

Unless your request is in the format that the API expects it, you’ll keep receiving either econnreset or other connection errors, as your request will most likely bounce. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: