June 17, 2019
I needed to way to upload and serve thousands of images for a website I was designing. I didn’t want to waste storage space on hosting these images on my own servers, so started looking for CDNs that could do the job.
I found Cloudinary and was impressed that they had a free option with a good amount of storage and bandwidth available.
After readying the images, I got the Python library installed, and began to code up a solution.
export CLOUDINARY_URL=cloudinary URL from your account config export CLOUDINARY_API_KEY=your Cloudinary API key export CLOUDINARY_API_SECRET=your Cloudinary API secret export CLOUDINARY_DOMAIN=http://res.cloudinary.com/ export CLOUDINARY_CLOUD_NAME=your Cloudinary cloud name
Then I could go ahead to import the library:
from cloudinary.uploader import upload
Once the environment variables and libraries were imported, all I had to do was call the
upload method and I was in business.
response = upload( your_external_image_url, public_id = "your-folder/%s" % your_cloudinary_file_id, use_filename = 1, unique_filename = 0 )
The only thing I needed to make sure to store somewhere was the
response['version']. This response field is how I’ll reference the uploaded file. Here is the final link I used:
All in all, now I have thousands and thousands of images available via CDN.
Written by Steven Wright who lives and works in Sacramento building useful things.