Read Timeout

Set a read timeout to determine how long an edge server requesting content from your origin server should wait for a response.

How it works

If the edge server doesn't receive a response from your origin before the timeout expiration, a 504 Gateway Timeout error is returned to the client. You can include this to override the default timeout that a requesting client, such as a browser uses. For example, you could:

  • Set a shorter time so an end user isn't waiting too long for your requested content and instead is sent an error so they can retry the request.
  • Set a longer time if you don't want a browser to use its default timeout and timeout too early.

Note that this timeout is separate from the Connect Timeout behavior. Connect Timeout covers the time it takes for a connection to be established between the edge server and your origin server, before the edge server even sends the request.


You should contact your ​Akamai​ account team for help configuring this behavior.

Features and options

FieldWhat it does
TimeoutSet the read timeout from 1 through 600 seconds, or from 1 through 10 minutes. This value should never be zero. The default value is 120 seconds.