# Common rate limit components¶

## ratelimit.RateLimitDescriptor¶

[ratelimit.RateLimitDescriptor proto]

A RateLimitDescriptor is a list of hierarchical entries that are used by the service to determine the final rate limit key and overall allowed limit. Here are some examples of how they might be used for the domain “envoy”.

["authenticated": "false"], ["remote_address": "10.0.0.1"]


What it does: Limits all unauthenticated traffic for the IP address 10.0.0.1. The configuration supplies a default limit for the remote_address key. If there is a desire to raise the limit for 10.0.0.1 or block it entirely it can be specified directly in the configuration.

["authenticated": "false"], ["path": "/foo/bar"]


What it does: Limits all unauthenticated traffic globally for a specific path (or prefix if configured that way in the service).

["authenticated": "false"], ["path": "/foo/bar"], ["remote_address": "10.0.0.1"]


What it does: Limits unauthenticated traffic to a specific path for a specific IP address. Like (1) we can raise/block specific IP addresses if we want with an override configuration.

["authenticated": "true"], ["client_id": "foo"]


What it does: Limits all traffic for an authenticated client “foo”

["authenticated": "true"], ["client_id": "foo"], ["path": "/foo/bar"]


What it does: Limits traffic to a specific path for an authenticated client “foo”

The idea behind the API is that (1)/(2)/(3) and (4)/(5) can be sent in 1 request if desired. This enables building complex application scenarios with a generic backend.

{
"entries": []
}

entries

(ratelimit.RateLimitDescriptor.Entry, REQUIRED) Descriptor entries.

## ratelimit.RateLimitDescriptor.Entry¶

[ratelimit.RateLimitDescriptor.Entry proto]

{
"key": "...",
"value": "..."
}

key

(string, REQUIRED) Descriptor key.

value

(string, REQUIRED) Descriptor value.