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Ratelimits are applied to the API to prevent any one client degrading the overall system stability. StatusCake accounts without a subscription, or those on a free plan, can make a maximum of 60 requests per minute (rpm). Accounts with a paid subscription have no such limit. However all accounts, free or otherwise, are subject to a burst limit of 5 requests per second (rps).

Requests are associated with the account owning the given bearer token, regardless of which token was used. This means that all API clients accessing resources belonging to the same account share the same ratelimit quota.

When the ratelimit quota is exceeded all future requests will return an HTTP 429 status code until the ratelimit window is reset.

Response Headers

There are 3 HTTP response headers describing the state of the current ratelimits in effect. These are as follows:

  • x-ratelimit-limit
  • x-ratelimit-remaining
  • x-ratelimit-reset

Each response will be returned with these headers - an example request may look like the following:

Example response
HTTP/2 200
x-ratelimit-limit: 5, 60;w=60, 5;w=1
x-ratelimit-remaining: 4
x-ratelimit-reset: 1

The response may be understood from the following sections.


This response header describe the ratelimit being applied to the request. In the example above we can see the value of this header is 5, 60;w=60, 5;w=1. What this is telling us is that:

  • The first 5 indicates what ratelimit is currently being applied - that of 5 rps,
  • 60;w=60 indicates there is a 60 request per 60 seconds limit in effect,
  • 5;w=1 indicates there is a 5 request per second limit in effect.


This response header states how many more requests may be made before the ratelimit has been reached. When this number returns 0 it indicates that all subsequent requests will be limited and that the API will return an HTTP status code of 429 until the ratelimit window is reset.

Because users operating from accounts without a subscription are limited by both a 5 rps ratelimit and a 60 rpm ratelimit it is difficult to determine how many more request can be made within the current minute as this HTTP response header only returns information regarding the 5 rps ratelimit (because it take higher priority). Therefore it is imperative that all applications consuming the StatusCake API keep track of the number of calls being made. This may be accomplished with some sort of debounce functionality. However it will be evident when the 60 rpm ratelimit has been reached because:

  • The HTTP status code returned from a request will be 429,
  • More accurately the x-ratelimit-limit header will return 60, 60;w=60, 5;w=1 - the first 60 indicating the ratelimit that has been reached.


This response header displays the time remaining, in seconds, until the ratelimint currently being enforced is no longer in effect. This header is most useful for applying a client side ratelimiting strategy.

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