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Fast ratelimit implementation with django caches

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Django-fast-ratelimit provides a secure and fast ratelimit facility based on the django caching framework.


pip install django-fast-ratelimit

Note: pip >= 19 is required, I use the novel pyproject.toml method



import ratelimit

@ratelimit.decorate(key="ip", rate="1/s")
def expensive_func(request):
    # how many ratelimits request limiting
    if request.ratelimit["request_limit"] > 0:
        # reschedule with end of rate epoch
        return request_waiting(request.ratelimit["end"])

blocking Decorator (raises RatelimitError):

import ratelimit

@ratelimit.decorate(key="ip", rate="1/s", block=True, methods=ratelimit.UNSAFE)
def expensive_func(request):
    # how many ratelimits request limiting
    if request.ratelimit["end"] > 0:

decorate View (requires group):

import ratelimit
from django.views.generic import View
from django.utils.decorators import method_decorator

  key="ip", rate="1/s", block=True, methods=ratelimit.SAFE, group="required"
), name="dispatch")
class FooView(View):


import ratelimit

def func(request):
    ratelimit.get_ratelimit(key="ip", rate="1/s", request=request, group="123")
    # or only for GET
        key="ip", rate="1/s", request=request, group="123", methods="GET"
    # also simple calls possible (note: key in bytes format)
        key=b"abc", rate="1/s", group="123"
    # check constraints of rate
    r = ratelimit.parse_rate("1/s")  # returns tuple (amount, period)
    assert(r[1]==1)  #  assert period is 1 second
    # for simple naming use o2g (object to group)
        key=b"abc", rate=r, group=ratelimit.o2g(func)



  • group: group name, can be callable (fun(request))
  • methods: set of checked methods, can be callable (fun(request, group)), modes:
    • callable(request, group): allow dynamic
    • ratelimit.ALL (default): all methods are checked
    • ("HEAD", "GET"): list of checked methods
    • ratelimit.invertedset(["HEAD", "GET"]): inverted set of checked methods. Here: every method is checked, except HEAD, GET
  • request: ingoing request (optional if key supports it and methods=ratelimit.ALL (default))
  • key: multiple modes possible:
    • str: ""
    • str: "inbuildmethod:argument" see methods for valid arguments
    • str: "inbuildmethod" method which is ready to use for (request, group)
    • tuple,list: ["method", args...]: method (can be also inbuild) with arbitary arguments
    • bytes: static key (supports no request mode)
    • callable: check return of function (fun(request, group))
    • cache: specify cache to use, defaults to RATELIMIT_DEFAULT_CACHE setting (default: "default")
    • hash_algo: name of hash algorithm for creating cache_key (defaults to RATELIMIT_KEY_HASH setting (default: "sha256")) Note: group is seperately hashed
    • hashctx: optimation parameter, read the code and only use if you know what you are doing. It basically circumvents the parameter hashing and only hashes the key. If the key parameter is True even the key is skipped


All of ratelimit.get_ratelimit except request. group is here optional (except for decorations with method_decorator (no access to wrapped function)). Also supports:

  • block: should hard block with an RatelimitExceeded exception (subclass of PermissionDenied) or only annotate request with ratelimit


  • RATELIMIT_GROUP_HASH: hash function which is used for the group hash (default: md5)
  • RATELIMIT_KEY_HASH: hash function which is used as default for the key hash, can be overridden with hash_algo (default: md5)
  • RATELIMIT_ENABLE disable ratelimit (e.g. for tests) (default: enabled)
  • RATELIMIT_KEY_PREFIX: internal prefix for the hash keys (so you don't have to create a new cache). Defaults to "frl:".
  • RATELIMIT_DEFAULT_CACHE: default cache to use, defaults to "default" and can be overridden by cache parameter


  • more documentation

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