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Direct Creator Upload

The Direct Creator Upload feature in Cloudflare Images lets your users upload images with a one-time upload URL. By using Direct Creator Upload, you can accept uploads without exposing your API key or token to the client. It also eliminates the need for an intermediary storage bucket and the storage/egress costs associated with it.

To request a one-time upload URL, call the v2/direct_upload endpoint in your back-end (or Worker script):

curl --request POST \
--url<ACCOUNT_ID>/images/v2/direct_upload \
--header 'Authorization: Bearer <API_TOKEN>' \
--form 'requireSignedURLs=true' \
--form 'metadata={"key":"value"}'

You will receive a response similar to this:

"result": {
"id": "2cdc28f0-017a-49c4-9ed7-87056c83901",
"uploadURL": ""
"result_info": null,
"success": true,
"errors": [],
"messages": []

In the example above, id is a future image identifier that will be uploaded by a creator.

A new draft image record is created when you invoke this endpoint. It will not appear on a list of images, but it is possible to fetch an image record with the provided ID to check its current status. In the example below, <IMAGE_ID> is the id received from the response when requesting a one-time upload URL with the direct_upload endpoint.

curl --url<ACCOUNT_ID>/images/v1/<IMAGE_ID> \
--header 'Content-Type: application/json' \
--header 'Authorization: Bearer <API_TOKEN>'

You will receive a response similar to this:

"result": {
"id": "2cdc28f0-017a-49c4-9ed7-87056c83901",
"metadata": {
"key": "value"
"uploaded": "2022-01-31T16:39:28.458Z",
"requireSignedURLs": true,
"variants": [
"draft": true
"success": true,
"errors": [],
"messages": []

Once the image data is uploaded, the draft property will change to false and will not be part of the response anymore.

Your back-end endpoint should return the uploadURL property to the client, enabling it to upload the image without needing to pass any authentication information with it. Here is an example of a simple HTML page that takes a one-time upload URL and uploads any image the user selects:

<input type="file" id="myFile" name="file" />
<input type="submit" />

By default, the uploadURL will expire after 30 minutes if unused.

To override this option, add the following argument to the cURL command:

--data '{"expiry":"2021-09-14T16:00:00Z"}'

The expiry value must be a minimum of two minutes and maximum of six hours in the future.

​​ Direct Creator Upload with Custom ID

You can specify a custom ID when first requesting a one-time upload URL, instead of using the automatically generated ID for your image.

To do so, pass a form field of name id with the corresponding custom ID value to the cURL command:

--form 'id=this/is/my-customid'

Note that images with a custom ID cannot be made private with the signed URL tokens feature (--requireSignedURLs=true).