API call limit per month

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WRamgath
WRamgath Member Posts: 3
edited February 21 in Developer APIs

Good day,

I would like to know what effect would reaching the 25 000 API calls per month have on the free plan.

Will it not allow me to make anymore API calls for the month or would it throttle my subsequent API calls?

I only wish to use Cloudinary to host images and provide the direct link so the images can be imported by a different service.

Please can you advise on this. Thanks.

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  • Tom
    Tom Member, Cloudinary Staff Posts: 65
    edited February 21
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    Hi @WRamgath ,

    Thanks for reaching out.

    So I understand you just want to deliver images from Cloudinary via HTTPS e.g. https://res.cloudinary.com/demo/image/upload/sample.jpg, if so then there is no limit to this, the only thing you would need to monitor is your credit usage as delivery uses bandwidth. Free accounts come with 25 credits per month where 1 credit is usually 1GB of bandwidth or 1GB of storage or 1GB of transforamtions.

    If you are talking about Admin API (https://cloudinary.com/documentation/admin_api), then this is rate-limited and you can find your limit here https://cloudinary.com/pricing/compare-plans.

    If using Upload API (https://cloudinary.com/documentation/image_upload_api_reference) then this is not rate-limited.

    Any other questions, please let me know.

    Kind Regards,

    Thomas

  • WRamgath
    WRamgath Member Posts: 3
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    Hi Tom,

    Thank you for the prompt reply.

    I am only looking at the Upload API.

    I need to send images from my web application to cloudinary to be stored and then retrieve a direct link to that image for a different service to access the image and download it from cloudinary.

    As you say, the Upload API is not rate limited, does this mean that I can make more than 25000 requests per month without being blocked completely from making requests for the remainder of the month after I've hit that limit?

  • Tom
    Tom Member, Cloudinary Staff Posts: 65
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    Hi @WRamgath ,

    Yes, upload API has no limit and you can make over 25k requests per month if your plan allows.

    Let's say you only uploaded 25k images in one month then that would use 25k transformations which equals to 25 credits which is how much you get on thefree acount. You of course need to consider storage and bandwidth as well. More on transformations cost here: https://cloudinary.com/documentation/transformation_counts

    Let me know if you need anything else.

    Kind Regards,

    Thomas

  • WRamgath
    WRamgath Member Posts: 3
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    So, if I'm on the free plan and I use all 25k transformations before the month is over.

    The remaining credits that I have, which I assume is 25 every month on the free plan. Each credit is equivalent to 1000 transformations?

    Please correct me if I am wrong.

    Thanks.

  • Cloudinary Team
    Cloudinary Team Administrator, Cloudinary Staff Posts: 123 admin
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out.

    Cloudinary plans are based on what we call Credits. This is where any of the 3 quotas, Transformation, Storage, and Bandwidth consume a shared pool of Credits. 1 credit equals 1,000 Transformations / 1GB Storage / 1GB Bandwidth.

    For example, the Free plan allocates 25 available Credits. It means you can use these 25 credits in any combination between the three quotas as long it totals 25. You can use 5,000 Transformations, 10GB of Storage, and 10GB of Bandwidth.

    Alternatively, you can use 2,000 Transformations, 20GB of Storage, and 3GB of Bandwidth. Or any combination in between the three quotas as long as it adds up to 25 Credits. This is similar to all other off-the-shelf plans like Plus and Advanced.

    The Credit usage itself is calculated based on the last 30-day rolling period and not per calendar month, billing date or monthly based on your registration day. Therefore, the credits don't reset (or expire), but the usage will rise and fall daily based on the data within that last 30-day period.

    For example, on the Dashboard today a user would see the usage for their account between the days of 23rd January through the 21st February. Tomorrow, the calculations for usage will be based on the data for the period 24th January to 22nd February and so on.

    You can find more information in the guide here:
    https://support.cloudinary.com/hc/en-us/articles/203125631-How-does-Cloudinary-count-my-plan-s-quotas-and-what-does-every-quota-mean-

    I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions.

    Kind regards,

    Tia

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