Jan 17th, 2023

Implementing Rate Limiting for Next.js API Routes with Upstash and Redis

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Dhairya Shah

Software Engineer

Rate limiting is a technique used to control the rate at which a user or client can access a server or application. In the context of a Next.js application, rate limiting can be used to control the rate at which API routes are accessed.

In this article, we will discuss how to implement rate limiting for Next.js API routes using Upstash and Redis.

Step 1: Upstash Database Setup

Step 2: Next.js Project Setup

Step 3: Rate Limiting Next.js API Routes

Step 4: Run the application

Run the Next.js application npm run dev and test the Rate Limiting.

Try live demo: https://edge-functions-api-rate-limit.vercel.app/


In conclusion, rate limiting is an important security measure that helps protect your server resources and prevent abuse. By using Upstash, a cloud-based Redis service, and Redis, an in-memory data structure store, it is easy to implement rate limiting for Next.js API routes.

The example provided demonstrates how you can use Redis to store and manage request counters, and quickly and easily enforce rate limits. Additionally, Upstash’s web console allows you to monitor the rate limit key and see how many requests are being made by a user. Overall, implementing rate limiting with Upstash and Redis is a simple and effective way to ensure the security and stability of your API.