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Verified Bots Policy

In order to be listed by Cloudflare as a verified bot, your bot must conform to the below requirements. To provide the best possible protection to our customers, this policy may change in the future as we adapt to new bot behaviors.

​​ Bot Policy

​​ Minimum Traffic

A bot or proxy must have a minimum amount of traffic for Cloudflare to be able find it in the sampled data. The minimum traffic should have more than 1000 requests per day across multiple domains.

​​ Minimum Zones

Service must be made for a widespread use of zones.

​​ Example

A bot crawling one site is not valid.

​​ Bot Identification

The user-agent with the following requirements:

  • Have at least 5 characters.
  • Must not contain special characters.
  • Must not include the same user-agent of another verified service.

​​ Example

GoogleBot/1.0 is a valid UA.

Domains should only be crawled with the explicit or implicit consent of the zone’s owner or terms of use. Search engines crawlers must read the robots.txt to exclude paths to crawl from the owner.

​​ Example

A tool trying to scalp inventories from different websites might be breaking terms of use while a search engine bot indexing websites but complying with robots.txt is a valid service.

​​ Service Purpose

The purpose of the service should be benign or helpful to both the owner of a zone and the users of the service. The service cannot perform any of the following:

  • Bot tooling
  • Scalpers
  • Credential-stuffing
  • Directory-traversal scanning
  • Excessive data scraping
  • DDoS botnets

​​ Example

Price scraping direct ecommerce competitors is not a valid use case.

​​ Crawling Etiquette

The crawling etiquette should check robots.txt if crawling the whole website, and it should not attempt to crawl sensitive paths.

​​ Example

If a search engine crawler skips robots.txt, it will be rejected.

​​ Public Documentation

The bot must have publicly documented expected behavior or user-agent format.

​​ IP Validation

A set of validation methods and requirements to gather set IP ranges for a verified service.

​​ Public IP List

  • A fixed and limited set of IP addresses, which can be verified via publicly accessible plain-text, JSON, or CSV.
  • IP addresses used solely by the bot owner.
  • A user-agent match pattern.

​​ Reverse DNS

  • A list of domain suffixes to validate DNS records.
  • IP addresses should have PTR records set correctly.
  • A user-agent match pattern.

​​ ASN

  • A valid ASN belonging to the bot owner.
  • A user-agent match pattern.

​​ Breach of Policy

If any of the requirements to validate are breached, a service will be removed from the global allowlist.

​​ Example breaches of policy

  • Adding a set of IPs that are not solely used by verified service.
  • The service IPs are breached by an attacker.
  • The service has vulnerabilities that have not been patched.
  • A block of IPs not briefed on onboarding is added to the list.
  • The disclosed purpose of the service does not reflect on the traffic.
  • An AI Crawler that does not respect the crawl-delay directive in robots.txt.

​​ Online application

To submit a verified bot that Cloudflare is not currently tracking, fill out an online application in the Cloudflare dashboard for the fastest possible results. Bot operators who prefer not to create a free Cloudflare account can do so using our old form, but the waiting time is up to several weeks for verified bot requests to be evaluated.

​​ Transient false negatives

Once Cloudflare lists a bot as a verified bot, this entry is cached and may get delisted if no traffic is seen in the Cloudflare network coming from the bot for a defined period of time.

It takes 24 hours for an inactive IP to be removed as a verified bot.

A bot can remain unlisted until Cloudflare sees traffic being sourced from the bot. When the bot is revalidated, it is listed as a verified bot again.