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Rate limit control

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Take control of the rate limit of your actions. This gem is primarily designed to work with Redis, but you can adapt other key-value databases to work with it. It was inspired by this post.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'rate_limit_control'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install rate_limit_control


Define the configurations of your actions:

action_config = {
  action: 'rate_limit_example',
  id: 'foobar',
  allowed_requests: 5,
  timeout: 30,

You need to set your action as a block inside the rate limit control: do
  puts "This action will be suspended after the 5th execution"

After the 5th execution, the next action will be blocked until the timeout ends up. All actions with the same configuration will be blocked during this time.

Action params

  • action: Action name;
  • id: Id of the action, the same action could be executed by different requesters;
  • allowed_requests: Number of requests allow to be executed during the timeout period;
  • storage: Key-value database instance;
  • timeout: Time in seconds to unblock actions;


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rake spec to run the tests. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration, and contributors are expected to adhere to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.

Code of Conduct

Everyone interacting in the RateLimitControl project’s codebases, issue trackers, chat rooms and mailing lists is expected to follow the code of conduct.

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