PHP force 404 error

Hi Guys,

Is there a way to force a 404 error to the browser? I have tried the following with no success:

header('HTTP/1.0 404 not found'); 

that will work. get httpfox for firefox and you can check the return codes.

Ok, but it’s not forcing a redirect to the 404 page, any ideas?

still struggling with this? would greatly appreciate any help…

All it does its return the status code, it doesn’t force a redirect to any 404 page or anything. You have to do that yourself.

How would I redirect to 404.shtml?

Best way is probably just to include() it after sending the status code, then exit().


ErrorDocument 404 /notfound.html

in .htaccess

That will work for apache generated 404 errors. For ones you throw in php, you will need to output the page yourself.

The easiest way would be:

header(“Location: dkjlflkjxfgkdnbcxfn.html”);

As long as you don’t actually have a page with that filename.

Then there is little point in outputting the 404 header, since that would generate the error anyway. Would look a bit rubbish though.

Did you try

header("HTTP/1.0 404 Not Found");
echo "<h1>404 File not found</h1>";


er… ignore me… I’m half reading… half working >.>

you can also try

header("Status: 404 Not Found");
echo "<h1>404 File not found</h1>";