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Simple python rate limiting object

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Simple Python module providing rate limiting.


This package provides the ratelimiter module, which ensures that an operation will not be executed more than a given number of times on a given period. This can prove useful when working with third parties APIs which require for example a maximum of 10 requests per second.


Decorator flavor:

>>> from ratelimiter import RateLimiter
>>> @RateLimiter(max_calls=10, period=1.0)
... def do_something():
...     pass

Context manager flavor:

>>> from ratelimiter import RateLimiter
>>> rate_limiter = RateLimiter(max_calls=10, period=1.0)
>>> for i in range(100):
...     with rate_limiter:
...         do_something()

Using with callback:

>>> from ratelimiter import RateLimiter
>>> import time
>>> def limited(until):
...     duration = int(round(until - time.time()))
...     print('Rate limited, sleeping for %d seconds' % duration)
>>> rate_limiter = RateLimiter(max_calls=2, period=3, callback=limited)
>>> for i in range(3):
...     with rate_limiter:
...         print('Iteration', i)
Iteration 0
Iteration 1
Rate limited, sleeping for 3 seconds
Iteration 2


Original work Copyright 2013 Arnaud Porterie
Modified work Copyright 2015 Frazer McLean

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the “License”); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

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