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Upcoming API Changes for Clarifai

Here is a list of changes to the API that we want you to be aware of well in advance as they may affect how you use Clarifai's platform. These changes include scheduled downtime and other improvements in stability, performance or functionality of the Clarifai platform in order to better serve you as a customer. Some of these changes may not be backward compatible and thus require you to update how you call our APIs. We created this page with the mindset of being as transparent as possible so you can plan any corresponding changes in advance and minimize any interruptions to your usage of Clarifai.

The dates listed in the following tables are the date we plan to make the change. We may actually make the change in the days following the specified date. However, to be safe, your client-side code needs updating before that date to minimize any downtime to your applications.

We will continue to update this page regularly, so a good way to always stay up to date is to watch our documentation repo on GitHub.

Upcoming Changes

Date Change
November 20, 2019 image.crop argument will be deprecated

In some requests we used to allow cropping of images during the request using the image.crop field. This was for convenience only, but in reality is was rarely ever used and significantly complicates the processing pipelines under the hood. Therefore, we will no longer support the image.crop field in any requests that used to accept it.

If you want to have similar behaviour please crop the images on the client side and send the cropped bytes as base64 encoded image data.
September 12, 2019 PATCH /inputs overwrite action change

The overwrite action when patching inputs currently has some inconsistent behavior. If you patch input.data.metadata or input.data.geo fields on an input that has input.data.concepts already added to it, these concepts will remain after the patch even though the patch action was overwrite.

Going forward, the overwrite behavior will overwrite the entire data object with what is included in the PATCH /inputs API call. Therefore if concepts are not provided in the patch call, but were originally on that input, they will be erased (overwritten with an empty list of concepts). You can maintain the current behvaiour by always sending back the complete data object from GET /input/{input_id} along with any modification to it if you are using the overwrite action.

Update: this change has become more complicated than originally expected and we may not undergo it after all, more to come in future. Still a good idea to update your PATCH calls to use the merge or remove actions instead of overwrite due to overwrite's inconsistency.

Completed Changes

Date Change
September 11, 2019. 9:00am ET Scheduled Database Downtime

We plan to upgrade our database to make it faster and provide more space for your applications. We expect a few minutes of downtime during this upgrade but you should plan for up to an hour of downtime in case things don't go as expected. This will primarily affect the following uses of our platform: POST/GET/PATCH/DELETE inputs, Search, Custom Training, Model Evaluation
September 24, 2019. 5:00pm ET POST /inputs will only operate asynchronously

We are cleaning up some inconsistent behavior in the API where a single image added with POST /inputs was a synchronous operation, but a batch of images was asynchronous. We are making both asynchronous. This allows us to provide more advanced functionality with workflows that index your inputs.

What this means for your code is if you application relies on added inputs having already been indexed when the POST /inputs call returns, you now need to add a second call to GET /inputs/{input_id} in order to check the status of the input you just added to look for 30000 (INPUT_IMAGE_DOWNLOAD_SUCCESS) status code.
September 30, 2019. 5:00pm ET DELETE /inputs will only operate asynchronously

Along the same lines as POST /inputs becoming completely asynchronous, we are cleaning up some inconsistent behavior in the API for deleting inputs. Previously, when a single image is deleted with DELETE /inputs or DELETE /inputs/{input_id} it was a synchronous operation, but when a batch of images were deleted it was asynchronous. We are making both asynchronous. This allows us to provide more advanced functionality with workflows that index your inputs.

What this means for your code is if you application relies on the input having been deleted when the DELETE /inputs or DELETE /inputs/{input_id} calls return, you now need to add a second call to GET /inputs/{input_id} in order to check that it fails with a not found error.
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