Cloudinary Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Cloudinary

Image upload & storage service

4.6/5 (42 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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Pricing

Starting from
$89/month
Pricing options
Free
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Free trial
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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom

Supported languages

English
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Cloudinary user reviews

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Nadish H.

Simply the best media optimizer for websites

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2021-03-18
Review Source: Capterra

Well as a WordPress developer, it was always a challenge for me to maintain speed and performance of my client's websites. I tried several service, both paid and free (not mentioning the names here) and luckily one day I found Cloudinary while search for some image optimization service for one of my new client. I tried cloudinary and found that Cloudniary is more than an image optimization service, it serves images as CDN and has lot more feature that helped me offload my image data that made the website speed blazing fast. I found it pretty easy to setup, just signed up on Cloudinary, installed the plugin in WordPress and it did rest of the hard work it self. I've been contacted Cloudinary support team several times and everytime I found them really professional and always resolved any issue that I faced. Now it's my regular practice that I refer Cloudinary to all my new clients and must integrate Cloudniary on their websites. Best of all, Cloudinary's free plan is more than enough for new websites, so now I can proudly say that I've got dozens of happy clients:)

Pros
Well it's a bit difficult question because this service has a several services that makes it stand out from the rest of similar services. But the thing that I like about Cloudinary most is their "Transformations" features. It has made my life easier as it resize, auto change image quality (as per my needs) and auto change formats from several extensions like png, jpeg or even in WebP formats that helps me to save tons of bandwidth. The other best thing is their really cooperative and nice technical support. They provide industry's best technical support even if you're using their free service.

Cons
Honestly speaking, this service is already providing more than everything that you need for your website image optimization and image delivery. So as far as I'm concerned, I'm totally satisfied with Cloudinary and I really don't like anything least about it.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Graham B.

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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Mayank G.

Flexible and dynamic digital asset management platform

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-12-29
Review Source: Capterra

Cloudinary is a highly flexible digital asset storage and distribution plaform.

Pros
Cloudinary provides end-to-end solution from digital asset storage, asset size optimization to image resizing by automizing these processes.

Cons
For plus plan, 225 GB bandwidth for $89per month is pretty high.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Paul P.

Exactly what we needed

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-03-11
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
I've been building SaaS products for years and never found a great digital asset management solution that worked for our end clients and wasn't prohibitively expensive. We generally rolled our own solution on top of AWS or something similar. Cloudinary is the the first affordable solution that has both a great API and SDKs as well as a great user interface. And, the available transformations mean that we don't have to do any image processing on our end. This is a great solution for serverless architectures.

Cons
The pricing, while very reasonable, was a little hard to understand at first. That said, they moved to a "credits" system that allows us the flexibility to use the product our way and get the most value for our credits.

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Cloudinary pricing

Starting from
$89/month
Pricing options
Free
Subscription
Free trial
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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 Controls/Permissions
Collaboration Tools
Reporting/Analytics
Search/Filter
Workflow Management

Activity Dashboard (308 other apps)
Activity Tracking (166 other apps)
Alerts / Escalation (173 other apps)
Alerts/Notifications (321 other apps)
Audit Management (179 other apps)
Compliance Management (218 other apps)
Dashboard (230 other apps)
Data Import/Export (267 other apps)
Data Visualization (209 other apps)
Drag & Drop (177 other apps)
Monitoring (314 other apps)
Real Time Monitoring (215 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (274 other apps)
Third Party Integrations (340 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.