Troubleshooting HTTP 409’s when deploying to Azure App Service

3 minute read | By Anthony Salemo

This post will cover troubleshooting HTTP 409 issues when deploying to Azure App Service.


HTTP 409’s may occur from various deployment methods when deploying code to Azure App Service.

Typically, these messages may look like this (depending on your deployment method, the output may vary):

error: RPC failed; HTTP 409 curl 22 The requested URL returned error: 409
send-pack: unexpected disconnect while reading sideband packet
fatal: the remote end hung up unexpectedly

This will cause a deployment failure.

Why does it happen

HTTP 409’s (Conflict) during deployments can happen for a few reasons. Some reasons. are below

Cancelling deployments

Initiating a deployment, cancelling it, and then trying to redeploy very shortly after (such as, a seconds or so) - This will likely cause a 409 as when deployment is started - locks are generated to avoid concurrent access on source files being updated/pushed. - A deployment still may be finishing up after being cancelled during this period


To avoid this problem - wait a longer time in between deployments, especially if cancelling them. A minute (to a few minutes) can potentially help avoid this.

Parallel deployments

This is a lot more common in CI/CD scenarios, such as Azure DevOps, GitHub Actions, or other CI/CD tooling that lets you have multiple runs at once.

If you are kicking off two different pipelines to the same resource at the same time - where both are deploying to Kudu (.scm. hostname), typically only one will succeed while the other will return a HTTP 409


Ensure the CI/CD set up is not kicking off multiple releases/deployments at one to one application. Use only one release at a time.

This can be determined through the CI/CD provider UI (if it’s offerred) to review if multiple runs are occurring at once.

For example, in Azure DevOps - we can see two pipelines running only a few seconds apart. Both of these are deploying to the same application.

Pipeline runs

Eventually, one will fail, while the other continues:

Pipeline runs

Ultimately failing with an HTTP 409:

Pipeline runs

Pending deployment

Although rare, there may be a scenario where a deployment is cancelled, or, unexpectedly, all deployments start returning HTTP 409s.

If multiple deployment methods were attempted, and all return a 409 - then this is likely a sign of a deployment that is remaining in a “pending state”. This may cause locks to still exit to prevent concurrent access to files.


Two quick potential mitigations can be tried first:

  • Restart the application
  • Scale (up or down) the App Service Plan to allocate the site(s) to a new instance
    • NOTE: This will cause all sites to restart, so be aware if you have a dense App Service Plan

If the above doesn’t work. You can do the following:

  • On App Service Linux use the SSH or the “Bash” option, as in this case, we just need to access /home (or on Windows, through the Kudu Console)
  • Navigate to /home/site/locks, delete status.lock and info.lock
  • Navigate to /home/site/deployments. There may be folders named pending, temp and active. You can cat the pending file and ls temp-* and active, which should have a log.log and status.xml in these directories. Try deleting the temp-* folder and pending. Afterwards, restart the site.
  • If the above does not work, instead, delete the entire contents within /home/site/deployments and again delete status.lock and info.lock. Restart the site.
    • NOTE: Deleting the UIDs under /home/site/deployments will also delete the Deployment Center Logs - this should have no actual affect on the application. Kudu specific deployment logging will still exist under /home/LogFiles/kudu/trace