API Access

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Current API Tools

How Not To Get Banned[edit]

First, you need to set a HTTP_USER_AGENT for the tool you will be accessing ACDB from.[edit]

You will get errors like ( 402 Payment Required ) if Python,Perl,etc is in your user agent.

If you leave it with the default, you will be joining a pool of people who also left it default, and together may pose a DDoS threat. This is why I auto ban curl/python/wget any any other popular tool.

To safely check your user agent, visit this page: https://www.animecharactersdatabase.com/vars.php

Second, you need to rate limit your requests.[edit]

Respectfully, limit your bot to 1 request per second.

Our nginx.conf limits as of January 20th 2021 are:

limit_req_zone $binary_remote_addr zone=one:10m rate=5r/s;
limit_req_zone $server_name zone=fast:10m rate=90r/s;
limit_req zone=one burst=10;
limit_req zone=fast burst=200;


January 20th 2021

When requesting birthdays

  • character_image now returns the full sized character image
  • character_thumb has been added to return the character thumb instead