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Manage and analyze assets

Last updated: Apr-08-2024

Both the upload and admin APIs provide methods for managing your uploaded media assets and related files, including programmatically searching for assets, managing metadata, requesting a variety of analyses on image and video contents, applying moderation, and more.

  • The Admin API is rate-limited, which means you can make up to 500 requests per hour on our Free plan, with increasing limits on our paid plans.
  • You can make unlimited requests to the upload API.

Besides these APIs, managing your assets also involves activities such as:

  • Backing up and, when needed, restoring previous versions of assets
  • Preparing signatures for use with different operations that require authentication
  • Checking your account usage data
  • Making decisions for when and which webhook notifications you want to set up to support your application needs

This guide covers ways to manage and analyze your assets programmatically. You can also perform a variety of asset management operations in the Cloudinary Console using Digital Asset Management features.

This guide includes:

Page Description
Basic management Update and manage assets in your product environment through the upload and admin APIs, as well as in the Media Explorer.
Search for assets Find your assets with the help of a variety of searching methods.
Custom metadata Store data with your assets using three types of metadata: structured metadata, contextual metadata, and tags.
Analyze assets Request analysis on your assets for image quality, accessability, and semantic data.
Moderate assets Moderate assets uploaded to your product environment to keep out inappropriate or offensive content, or reject assets that do not answer your website's needs.
Webhook notifications Use notifications to inform your backend when certain actions have completed, either from an upload API method, or from a user action in the Media Library.
Create assets Create a variety of new assets such as animated images, PDFs, videos, archives, collages, and images from text.
Signatures Learn about the various types of signatures you may need to generate or verify.
Backups and version management Enable automatic backup so that every uploaded asset is also copied to a secondary write-protected location, while keeping multiple revisions per file. You can then restore deleted files or specific versions of a file.
Invalidate cached assets Send an invalidation request instructing the CDN to remove cached copies of an old asset.
Account usage data View statistics, graphs, and other important information about your account usage.
Add-ons Extend core manage and analyze capabilities with options such as moderation, malware detection, auto-tagging, duplicate image detection, and more.

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