Upload programmatically (video tutorial)

Overview

Cloudinary's Upload API allows you to quickly upload your images, videos and other media files into your Cloudinary account for immediate deliverability. Let's show you how to use this API in your development environment.

Video tutorial


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Tutorial contents

This tutorial presents the following topics. Click a timestamp to jump to that part of the video.

Supported programming languages

Jump to this spot in the video  0:11 Our tutorial uses Node.js and server-side scripts to demonstrate the upload capabilities. However, we support many popular programming languages, including Ruby, PHP, Python and more.

Write your script

Jump to this spot in the video  0:32 Start writing a script that uses Cloudinary's Upload API to get the image into your account. Our example requires two different libraries - the Cloudinary Node.js SDK and dotenv, which allows your development environment to use your Cloudinary account credentials and upload the assets in an authenticated way.

Retrieve your environment variable

Jump to this spot in the video  0:50 Retrieve your environment variable from your Cloudinary account dashboard, then paste it into a .env file in your development project. Do not expose your Cloudinary account credentials in your site's frontend and public code.

Call the Upload API

Jump to this spot in the video  1:14 Call the Cloudinary Upload API, then reference the file you want to upload.

Add callback functions

Jump to this spot in the video  1:19 Add your callback functions. This tutorial uses promises to handle the successes and failures in the code.

Ensure script libraries are installed

Jump to this spot in the video  1:26 Make sure all of our script's libraries are properly installed with a simple npm i command. If you opening your package.json file, you can see all of the packages have been listed as dependencies.

Run the script and upload the local asset

Jump to this spot in the video  1:41 You should have gotten a successful JSON response with lots of data about the uploaded file, including its resolution, file size, format, and more. The file is also now an immediately deliverable asset from a secure, HTTPS URL.

Upload an asset from a public URL

Jump to this spot in the video  2:00 To upload a file from any public URL, simply enter the full URL of the asset, instead of the local file path.

Add parameters to the upload call

Jump to this spot in the video  2:19 You can edit the file's Public ID, so the asset is named exactly what you want it to be. It is also possible to add tags to the asset, so you can easily find and deliver it later. You can even apply quality analysis features to provide automation, based on the blurriness or overall size of the asset.

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