Rate limiting middleware for Clojure Ring
Latest commit 6c4cdf0 Aug 26, 2015 @myfreeweb Merge pull request #3 from ebaxt/master
Fixes NPE in redis backend


Current semantic version:

[ring-ratelimit "0.2.2"]

ring-ratelimit Build Status

Powerful Ring middleware for request rate limiting.


Basic usage:

(ns your.app
  (:use [ring.middleware ratelimit]))

(def app (-> your-routes-or-whatever
             (wrap-ratelimit {:limits [(ip-limit 100)]})))
; 100 per hour per IP address

If you're running your app on multiple JVM instances (eg. multiple Heroku dynos), the default backend (local atom) is not enough for you. ring-ratelimit supports Redis via the Carmine library. Don't forget to add it to your dependencies!

(ns your.app
  (:use [ring.middleware ratelimit]
        [ring.middleware.ratelimit redis]))
; ...

; ...wrapping thing skipped...
(wrap-ratelimit {:limits [(ip-limit 100)]
                 :backend (redis-backend pool spec)})

The redis-backend function, when called with no args, calls make-conn-pool and make-conn-spec with no args (ie. uses Redis on localhost) and uses ratelimits for Redis hash name. You can provide the Carmine configuration objects (pool, spec) and the hash name as args.

If you're running your app on Immutant, there's a backend for you too:

(ns your.app
  (:require [immutant.cache :as c])
  (:use [ring.middleware ratelimit]
        [ring.middleware.ratelimit immutant]))
; ...

; ...wrapping thing skipped...
(wrap-ratelimit {:limits [(ip-limit 100)]
                 :backend (immutant-backend (c/cache "ratelimit" :mode :replicated))})

Advanced usage

If you're using friend authentication, you can use user-limit and role-limit:

; ...

(def app (-> your-routes-or-whatever
             (wrap-ratelimit {:limits [(role-limit :admin 1000)
                                       (user-limit 500)
                                       (ip-limit 100)]})
             (friend/authenticate ; ...
; 1000 per hour per user for authenticated users with role :admin
; 500 per hour per user for all other authenticated users
; 100 per hour per IP address for anonymous users

Also, you can compose limits if you use the ring.middleware.ratelimit.limits namespace! It's like Ring middleware for limits. You can do really amazing (but not very useful) stuff:

(ns your.app
  (:use [ring.middleware ratelimit]
        [ring.middleware.ratelimit limits]))

(def app (-> your-routes-or-whatever
             (wrap-ratelimit {:limits [(-> 500 limit
                                           (wrap-limit-header "X-My-Api-Key")
                                           (wrap-limit-param "awesomeness")
                                           (wrap-limit-role :admin)
                                       (ip-limit 100)]})
             (friend/authenticate ; ...
; 500 per hour per user per IP per ?awesomeness= param per X-My-Api-Key HTTP header for users with role :admin
; 100 per hour per IP for anonymous users
; note: with composed limits changing one parameter = a different limit key

You can use a custom handler for the error (when the user has no requests left):

; ...

(defn err-handler [req]
  {:status 429
   :headers {"Content-Type" "text/html"}
   :body (your-error-template {:text "Too many requests"})})

; ...wrapping thing skipped...
(wrap-ratelimit {:limits [(ip-limit 100)]
                 :err-handler err-handler})

If you use a routing library like Compojure, you can limit different parts of your API differently:

(ns hard.core
  (:use [compojure core]
        [ring.middleware ratelimit params]
        [ring.middleware.ratelimit redis limits]))

(defn easy-handler [req]
  {:status 200
   :headers {"Content-Type" "text/plain"}
   :body "easy"})

(defn hard-handler [req]
  {:status 200
   :headers {"Content-Type" "text/plain"}
   :body "hard"})

(def default-limit
  {:limits [(user-limit 1000) (ip-limit 100)]
   :err-handler err-handler
   :backend (redis-backend)})

(defroutes awesome-routes
  (ANY "/easy-things" []
    (-> easy-handler
        (wrap-ratelimit default-limit)))
  (ANY "/hard-things" []
    (-> hard-handler
          (assoc default-limit :limits
            [(-> 30 limit
                 (wrap-limit-param "query")
             (-> 10 limit
                 (wrap-limit-param "query")

(def awesome-app
  (-> awesome-routes


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