Cloudinary Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Cloudinary

Image upload & storage service

4.5/5 (28 reviews)

Cloudinary overview

What is Cloudinary?

Cloudinary is an end-to-end image management solution for websites and mobile apps. The app supports image uploads, cloud storage, image manipulations, image optimization for the web, and delivery. Cloudinary offers APIs and flexible admin capabilities to integrate with new and existing web and mobile applications.

Cloudinary lets you upload and store an unlimited number of images privately and securely and includes automatic backup and historical revisions. You can manipulate images using a wide variety of options such as applying effects, resizing, cropping, face detection, watermarks and more.

Images are served via Akamai's worldwide CDN for fast delivery that is responsive and optimized for any device. Cloudinary acts as digital asset management solution with a media library that uses RESTful APIs and SDKs to automate image management. You can also access advanced analytics and reports to optimize and understand images performance.
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United States, Canada, Europe, United Kingdom

Supported languages

English
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Cloudinary reviews

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Richard Rout

Great service, does exactly what it advertises

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2017-12-21
Review Source: Capterra

We need to do image storing, optimizing, resizing & manipulation. Rather than do that ourselves, this service does it all for us. It's saved us a lot of time and money.

Pros
They have lots of clients for use in any language. Their api is intuitive and easy to use. I've had to contact their customer support a handful of times, they've always been super quick to respond and are able to fix my problem. Their service is top notch - sometimes it's a little slow, but that can be fixed with optimizations.

Cons
It can be a little overwhelming because it does SO MUCH. And their docs could be laid out a little neater.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Best alternative cloud storage you can use

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-04-19
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
When I starte using appybuilder software to make application I only know about firebase console of Google for cloud storage but later appybuilder updated more options for cloud storage then one day I saw about cloudinary storage and I started search for this software and when I saw the features and functions of this software I really amazed because they are very simple and easy.just create folders whatever you want name the folder and upload your videos or photos.It will give you a url link for your videos or photos that's it share them where ever you want.Great option for cloud storage I ever used

Cons
It comes in free version and paid version i used free version and the storage comes 25gb per month on free version.it is some a little less for who needs more storage because i created a whatsapp status videos app but i uploaded videos up to my free storage and i waited for next month for my quota.when someone uses free version if it's good then he will definitely go for paid version.I think some more storage need to give under free version

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Christopher Smale

Very good but can be expensive.

Used occasionally for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-01-16
Review Source: Capterra

Very simple to resize and manipulate images but it really is just too costly in the long run for us

Pros
This is a great piece of kit if you're looking to outsource image manipulation completely and really does do everything you'd probably ever need.

Cons
It can very expensive if you have a lot of image manipulation to do. Especially when you can do everything they offer without outsourcing for free.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Graham Barden

The DAM which grows with your requirements

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-12-10
Review Source: Capterra

Our clients often need a centralised DAM which can store large quantities of assets. One client wished to run a competition which required them to upload a video from a website, Cloudinary proved the perfect service to integrate with. The development team quickly integrated with the platform and issues during testing were ironed out with the help of the Cloudinary support team. Based on this experience we have rolled out the platform to several other clients over the past 18 months.

Pros
- Great support from the Cloudinary development team - Willingness to enhance the product based on your requirements - Good features which can be deployed when required - Good API and widgets available for developers - Competitive pricing

Cons
- Some features can be confusing to activate such as automatically transcoding videos - Annual pricing offer was not clear in sign-up process - Web interface needed some experimentation to learn

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Anonymous

Very easy to implement, too costly for what it is and unfortunately a terrible support.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-05-10
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Very easy and quick to implement. Great technical solutions which covers all kind of image delivery aspects. Simple but effective user interface. A lot of online resources and best practice cases.

Cons
I am using their service with two different projects for a couple of years now. To be fair I have to fully differentiate between the use cases and the expectations one might have as a user. - We have implemented Cloudinary in an application with millions of images and I must say the value for money is not great compared to some of their competitors, especially if you do not use all their features. Though that is something one knows in advance and can very well factor in. But what is not acceptable to us is the fact that e-mails go unanswered for a couple of days and the support on the business side is very weak. Be prepared paying thousands of dollars without any support. - For one project we are still on the free plan and their is actually nothing to complain about as it technically works perfect and it is superbe value for money. To my point Cloudinary is great for very small and small projects but if your intention is to integrate Cloudinary in a business solution which might need support once a year think again.

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Cloudinary pricing

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FREE
75, 000 Total Images.
7,500 Monthly Images.

Basic
$44 / Month
1 Million Total Images
75,000 Monthly Images

Plus
$134 / Month
3 Million Total Images
200,000 Monthly Images

Advanced
$224 / Month
5 Million Total Images
400,000 Monthly Image

Enterprise / Custom Plans
Terabytes+
Millions+ Monthly Images

Cloudinary features

API

Access Control (111 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (159 other apps)
Activity Tracking (89 other apps)
Alerts / Escalation (80 other apps)
Application Integration (75 other apps)
Auditing (92 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (128 other apps)
Collaboration Tools (82 other apps)
Compliance Management (77 other apps)
Data Import/Export (111 other apps)
Data Visualization (75 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (99 other apps)
Monitoring (212 other apps)
Real Time Data (88 other apps)
Real Time Monitoring (98 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (115 other apps)
SSL Security (76 other apps)
Third Party Integration (152 other apps)
Workflow Management (103 other apps)

Additional information for Cloudinary

Key features of Cloudinary

  • Upload images
  • Cloud storage
  • Image manipulations & effects
  • URL based transformations
  • Smart resizing
  • Face detection based thumbnails
  • PDFs, sprites, animated GIFs, profile pictures
  • Fast CDN delivery with advanced caching
  • Automatic image optimization
  • Dashboard & online reports
  • Online DAM & media library
  • RESTful APIs
  • Integration SDKs
  • Integration with your development framework
  • Dedicated S3 buckets
  • Text & image overlays
  • Automatic backup & revision tracking
  • Image metadata & semantic data extraction
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Benefits

Secure upload API, version management, remote upload from public URLs, direct uploading from browser, image transformation on upload, supports private images .

Multiple image transformations such as format conversion, rounded corners, opacity manipulation, image flipping, image borders, arbitrary image rotation, automatic rotation based on aspect-ratio or EXIF data.

Multiple image filters & effects such as grayscale, black & white, sepia, brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, oil paint, vignette and pixelate, gradient fade, blur, improve, tilt shift, sharpen, color channels, vibrance, fill light and more.

Supported image formats: JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, ICO, PDF, EPS, PSD, SVG, WebP.

PDF to image conversion, merge multiple images, animated GIFs, social network profile picture extraction, & video thumbnail extraction.

Automatic image optimization such as WebP delivery on supported browsers, dynamic JPG quality control and automatic stripping of image metadata.

Integration with your development framework, supporting Ruby on Rails, PHP, Node.js, Angular, .Net, Python & Django, jQuery, Java, Scala, Android, iOS and more.