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Python quick start

Last updated: Oct-31-2023

This quick start is intended to let you quickly try using several common Cloudinary features. It doesn't necessarily employ coding best practices and the code you create here isn't intended for production.

You can perform this quick start in a code sandbox or in a clean project in the dev environment of your choice.

You can also view the completed code of this quick start in a GitHub repo and code explorer.

If you aren't familiar with Cloudinary, you may want to first take a look at the Developer get started guide for a high-level overview of integrating Cloudinary into your code, and an introduction to the main concepts.

You may also find our Glossary helpful to understand Cloudinary-specific terminology.


To perform this quick start, you'll need:

1. Set up and configure the SDK

In a terminal in your Python3 environment, run the following code:

In your project, create a file called .env containing your API environment variable from your product environment credentials:


  • When writing your own applications, follow your organization's policy on storing secrets and don't expose your API secret.
  • Don't store your .env under version control for maximum security.

In your project, create a new file called Copy and paste the following into this file:

2. Upload an image

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3. Get and use details of the image

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4. Transform the image

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5. Run your code

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In the terminal, run the following command:

The following original image is uploaded to Cloudinary, tagged appropriately and accessible via the URL shown below.

The transformed version of the image is accessible via the URL shown below.

Original image Original image
Transformed image Transformed image

View the completed code

See the code above in action using this code playground.

If you want to see the output:
  • Click Remix to Edit.
  • Copy your API Environment variable value (i.e., only the portion after the equal sign, cloudinary://<api_key:api_secret@cloud_name).
  • Paste it into the Glitch .env file as the Variable Value for CLOUDINARY_URL.
  • Click Logs at the bottom of the screen.

This code is also available in GitHub

Next steps

  • Learn more about the Python SDK by visiting the other pages in this SDK guide.
  • Get comprehensive details about Cloudinary features and capabilities:

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