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Rate limiting utilities

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limits is a python library to perform rate limiting with commonly used storage backends (Redis, Memcached & MongoDB).

Supported Strategies

Fixed Window

This strategy resets at a fixed interval (start of minute, hour, day etc). For example, given a rate limit of 10/minute the strategy will:

  • Allow 10 requests between 00:01:00 and 00:02:00
  • Allow 10 requests at 00:00:59 and 10 more requests at 00:01:00
Fixed Window (Elastic)
Identical to Fixed window, except every breach of rate limit results in an extension to the time out. For example a rate limit of 1/minute hit twice within a minute will result in a lock-out for two minutes.
Moving Window

Sliding window strategy enforces a rate limit of N/(m time units) on the last m time units at the second granularity.

For example, with a rate limit of 10/minute:

  • Allow 9 requests that arrive at 00:00:59
  • Allow another request that arrives at 00:01:00
  • Reject the request that arrives at 00:01:01

Storage backends

Dive right in

Initialize the storage backend

from limits import storage
memory_storage = storage.MemoryStorage()
# or memcached
memcached_storage = storage.MemcachedStorage("memcached://localhost:11211")
# or redis
redis_storage = storage.RedisStorage("redis://localhost:6379")
# or leave it to fate
some_storage = storage.storage.from_string(fate)

Initialize a rate limiter with the Moving Window Strategy

from limits import strategies
moving_window = strategies.MovingWindowRateLimiter(memory_storage)

Initialize a rate limit

from limits import parse
one_per_minute = parse("1/minute")

Initialize a rate limit explicitly

from limits import RateLimitItemPerSecond
one_per_second = RateLimitItemPerSecond(1, 1)

Test the limits

assert True == moving_window.hit(one_per_minute, "test_namespace", "foo")
assert False == moving_window.hit(one_per_minute, "test_namespace", "foo")
assert True == moving_window.hit(one_per_minute, "test_namespace", "bar")

assert True == moving_window.hit(one_per_second, "test_namespace", "foo")
assert False == moving_window.hit(one_per_second, "test_namespace", "foo")
time.sleep(1)
assert True == moving_window.hit(one_per_second, "test_namespace", "foo")

Check specific limits without hitting them

assert True == moving_window.hit(one_per_second, "test_namespace", "foo")
while not moving_window.test(one_per_second, "test_namespace", "foo"):
    time.sleep(0.01)
assert True == moving_window.hit(one_per_second, "test_namespace", "foo")

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