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Customize a waiting room

To design and preview the appearance of a waiting room, select the Customization tab in the Create Waiting Room page.

Cloudflare offers options to customize the appearance of your waiting room:

  • Default waiting room: An unbranded waiting room that displays an estimated waiting time to visitors.
  • Custom waiting room: Edit template text or create your own HTML code:
    • Customize both HTML or CSS content, including fonts, colors, static images, additional languages and more.
    • Edit content directly in the dashboard or import relevant files.

Default waiting room

To choose the default, unbranded waiting room, click Default Waiting Room.

Choose default waiting room

Custom waiting room

To customize a waiting room, click Custom Waiting Room.

Choose custom waiting room

You can edit the HTML code directly in the text box:

  • Click Download Template to download a HTML file containing the default template content to your computer.
  • Click Download to download a HTML file containing the text box content to your computer.
  • Click Copy to copy the text from the text box to your clipboard, then paste it into an editor of your choice.

The template text contains code to display the wait time. If you want to display the estimated wait time to visitors, do not delete this content.

Upload an HTML file

  1. Click Import to upload a HTML file from your computer.
  2. Select the file in the dialog and click Open.

Make further edits in the text box. Include the code to display the wait time to display the estimated queue time on the waiting room page or create your own custom page using available variables.

Display wait time

The following content in the <main> section of the template HTML code displays the wait time:

<h2 id="time-remaining">        <noscript>          {{#waitTimeKnown}}Your estimated wait time is          {{waitTimeFormatted}}...{{/waitTimeKnown}}          {{^waitTimeKnown}}{{#queueIsFull}}The estimated wait time is          greater than a day. You will automatically be placed in the          queue once space is available.{{/queueIsFull}}          {{^queueIsFull}}Your estimated wait time is          unavailable.{{/queueIsFull}}{{/waitTimeKnown}}        </noscript>     </h2>

The following script within the <body> section after <main> fetches the wait time:

<script type="text/javascript">      var remainingEl = document.getElementById('time-remaining');      var waitTime = {{waitTime}};      var waitTimeKnown = {{waitTimeKnown}};
      var remainingString = 'Your estimated wait time is ';
      if (!waitTimeKnown) {        remainingString += 'unavailable.'      } else {        if (waitTime === 1) {          remainingString += waitTime + ' minute...';        } else {          remainingString += waitTime + ' minutes...';        }      }
      remainingEl.innerText = remainingString;    </script>

Available variables

When you create a waiting room with custom HTML, you can use the following variables:

  • waitTime: An integer showing the user's estimated wait time in minutes.
  • waitTimeFormatted: An English string showing a user's estimated wait time:
    • If waitTime is between 0 and 59, string will be X minutes
    • If waitTime is between 60 - 119, string will be More than 1 hour
    • If waitTime is more than 1440, string will be More than a day
  • waitTimeKnown: A boolean value. Not available when the queue is full or queue all is enabled.
  • queueIsFull: A boolean value. Changes to True when the queue is longer than 24 hours.

Multiple-language support

Customize your waiting room to display in any language supported by the UTF-8 character set. Additionally, all variables support internationalization except for waitTimeFormatted (English only).

Preview waiting room

To preview the appearance of a waiting room:

  1. In your application, go to Traffic > Waiting Rooms.
  2. Either create a waiting room or edit an existing one.
  3. Go to the Review step.
  4. Click Preview Waiting Room:
  • Choose Queueing to display the waiting room appearance when it is enabled on the dashboard and Queue all is not enabled.
  • Choose Queue All to display the waiting room appearance when it is enabled on the dashboard and Queue all is enabled. When Queue all is enabled for a waiting room, the estimated wait time is not displayed.


If you see something unexpected when previewing your waiting room, review your custom code for proper syntax. Often, you might forget to close each tag with its appropriate closing tag (the tag name with a /).