limits Documentation

limits provides utilities to implement rate limiting using various strategies and storage backends such as redis & memcached.


Initialize the storage backend:

from limits import storage
memory_storage = storage.MemoryStorage()

Initialize a rate limiter with the Moving Window strategy:

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

Initialize a rate limit using the Rate limit string notation:

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

Initialize a rate limit explicitly using a subclass of RateLimitItem:

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")
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"):
assert True == moving_window.hit(one_per_second, "test_namespace", "foo")

Projects using limits

  • Flask-Limiter : Rate limiting extension for Flask applications.
  • djlimiter: Rate limiting middleware for Django applications.