Function Description

build.rate_limit returns false for a predefined RATE_LIMITER_DURATION for the first limit times it is called within duration. Returns true if it has been called more than limit times within a given duration.

This builtin provides a flexible way to implement rate-limiting on any operation. It needs to be connected to a Redis server: you can set it up yourself, or use solutions like AWS ElastiCache (managed Redis).

Because it uses shared memory, this function is safe for use across multiple PDPs. If they are connected to the same Redis server, we can expect the results to be consistent for the given key and limit across all PDPs.

In the example, we use it to rate-limit requests made to our AWS API Gateway endpoint.

Function format

build.rate_limit(key, limit)


  • key - string to be used as key to distinguish between multiple rate limiters

  • limit - a number representing the upper limit of calls for given key

Function Usage Example

buiild.rate_limit("user", 5)

PDP configuration

After setting up Redis, you can use our here's an example of extra env. variables to be added to the PDP:

Note the extra variables:




docker pull buildsecurity/api-gw-pdp
docker run \
-e RATE_LIMITER_REDIS_ENDPOINT=<your Redis endpoint> \
-e RATE_LIMITER_REDIS_PASSWORD=<your Redis password, if you've set one> \
-e RATE_LIMITER_DURATION=<the duration basis for rate-limiting> \
-p 8181:8181 \
--name pdp \

Supported PDP version

This built-in function supported from version V0.2.0 and above.